Sunday, May 8, 2016

Canada is Burning

More wildfires have been reported. Multiple communities have been evacuated as two massive forest fires rage in eastern Manitoba Friday. The first started Thursday evening northeast of Caddy Lake in Manitoba. It’s grown in size to 700 hectares and expanded into Ontario.
The second fire lies east of Beresford Lake along the Manitoba, Ontario border and is advancing into Ontario. The wildfire has grown to approximately 10,000 hectares.
Two wildfires in northern B.C. near Fort St John merged Thursday night and a state of emergency has been declared.

An evacuation order has been issued for about 45 homes near the Alaska Highway in northeastern British Columbia because of wildfires in the area.

A helicopter flies past a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Wednesday.
This was the hottest four-month start of any year on record, and this followed the hottest year ever recorded.

The Arctic continues its multi-month trend of off-the-charts warmth. Arctic sea ice continues to melt at a record pace. New research finds that warming-driven Arctic sea ice loss is causing the jet stream to weaken and high-pressure systems to get stuck in places like Greenland, leading to accelerated melt of the land-locked ice that drives sea level rise.
Climate models have always predicted that human-caused warming would be at least twice as fast in the Arctic as in the planet as a whole thanks to Arctic Amplification — a process that includes higher temperatures melting highly reflective white ice and snow, which is replaced by the dark blue sea or dark land, both of which absorb more solar energy and lead to more melting.

Persistent weather can result in extreme events, such as prolonged heat waves, flooding, and droughts. What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic.
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