From a brush fire to a raging inferno, the Thomas fire, the state’s third-largest fire, erupted into flames two weeks ago and has spread faster and faster burning over 269,000 acres so far in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. It is currently only 45 percent contained and has destroyed over 1000 structures including 750 homes with the help of Santa Ana winds.
One of the factors causing this tragedy is the wind. Wind speeds can determine the fire spread. The more oxygen there is from the wind, the faster the blaze spreads. An example of a dangerous fire hazard could occur is in a situation where there is a low concentration of oxygen, referred to as a backdraught.
Also, the terrain is very dry and there is a thick brush that has not been burned for decades that is providing the fuel. More…
It´s so Hot! We can all say that the week of October 23-27 was a very hot week, but, we may have some good news.
According to dictionary.com, an Indian summer is ¨a period of mild, dry weather, usually accompanied by a hazy atmosphere, occurring usually in late October or early November and following a period of colder weather.¨
I think our current weather situations fits that description perfectly. Our hot weather has started in late October, the weather was hot and dry, and we have had a hazy atmosphere. More…
It’s getting closer and closer to Halloween, and wait- isn’t it fall? When everyone brings out their boots and cozy jackets while curling up by the fire sipping a nice hot cup of Starbucks hot chocolate or hot apple cider? Well, you may want to reconsider. Keep those sweaters tucked away because you probably won’t need them
Now, nothing says “fall” better than the sweet scent of fresh apples, cinnamon, and pumpkins. Though it’s fall, the temps missed the memo, and in some ways, that’s causing some problems for our apples.
The owner of Drazen Orchards in Cheshire states, “Things are ripening faster than you’d like them to. We’re not getting cold nights. It has slowed down business a bit, we weren’t as busy yesterday when it was almost 90.” More…
Hurricane Irma and Harvey were bad enough, right? Well, Hurricane Maria was a Category 5 hurricane that destroyed the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Montserrat. Who is going to help?
There was lots of flooding causing incredible damage. According to CNN “Puerto Rico suffering a humanitarian crisis.” The hurricane even destroyed Puerto Rico’s buildings such as their radio tower. The Washington Post states, “Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s radar, a critical tool for forecasting.” In CNNMoney, it states, “Hurricane Maria is a nightmare for Puerto Rico’s economy.” More…
Madelyn Fracassa and Avalyn Walton
From August 30th until September 16th Irma killed over 120 innocent people with its fatal winds and deadly waves. With winds reaching 185 mph, Irma was no laughing matter. A countless amount of lives were ruined, and many homes were completely obliterated.
Irma devastated many lives, including Robin Charrasse, who lives on St. Martin, an island in the Carribean. Robin Charrasse was in Irma’s direct path of destruction.
Most people would think that with Irma’s strong forces his house would be ruined. Fortunately, though, it was not. “Our roof was one of two roofs to stay on in the neighborhood. We are so lucky,” stated Robin Charrasse. All other roofs were damaged heavily, leaving many houses uninhabitable. More…
The devastating 2017, category-3 Atlantic hurricane, notoriously known as Hurricane Harvey, brought many sorrows to the Southern and Eastern parts of the United States. Although destructive and costly requiring tens of billions of dollars for the area to recover, the hurricane also brought many mysteries.
One of these involves a dead aquatic creature that washed up on the shores of Texas. Social media blew up with pictures of this sharp-fanged creature lying dead on the shores of Texas City, Texas.
While walking along the deserted beaches of Texas City, Preeti Desai encountered what to her looked like a large, dead rat. Curiously, she walked up to the mysterious creature only to figure out it was the carcass of a dead animal she was unfamiliar with. More…
Caitlyn Timmons and Avalyn Walton
A hurricane puts up a fight while raging furiously – its downfall damaging everything in its path, even one that is only a category three.
Hurricane Harvey was one of the most devastating hurricanes America has had in years. Taking place in Houston, Texas, Hurricane Harvey never got to anything more than a category three hurricane. Still, the impact this has had on Houston is unbelievably damaging.
The streets of Houston flooded with water up to the sides of cars, reaching mailboxes, and even making its way inside houses. Of course, with 47 inches of water in some areas, houses were not left in the best condition. One resident, Jennifer Davenport, says that it reached up to eight inches throughout her house. This, believe it or not, was minimal damage to the area where she resides. More…
Although most nations could maintain at agreed-upon levels of (average) temperature, a new study reports more deaths (heatstroke) related to extreme heat is expected.
Nations contributing to the 2015 Paris Agreement have pledged to limit global warming to under 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
However, extreme heat is expected to occur more often as the 2 degree Celsius limit is approached, researchers say. More…
“Board up your windows, close all your doors, and wait for further instructions.”
Can you imagine hearing those words for the first time? Knowing that everything you’ve worked so hard for, your home, your business, your family, has now been put in jeopardy. More…
It’s official! Spring is coming early this year. Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog, did not see his shadow on Tuesday, February 2. More…