Climate change makes ‘wildfire weather’ worse

With unusual lightning storms sparking intense wildfires engulfing California, experts warn that rising temperatures will make the situation worse.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 2, 2020 ~7 min

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Extreme wildfires can create their own dangerous weather, including fire tornadoes – here's how

Persistent heat waves and dry lightning are part of the problem. For firefighters, the erratic behavior gets dangerous quickly.

Leila Carvalho, Professor of Meteorology and Climatology, University of California, Santa Barbara • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~6 min

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Western wildfires are spinning off tornadoes – here’s how fires create their own freakish weather

Persistent heat waves and dry lightning are part of the problem. For firefighters, the erratic behavior gets dangerous quickly.

Leila Carvalho, Professor of Meteorology and Climatology, University of California, Santa Barbara • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~6 min

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‘Superbolts’ have 1000X the energy of regular lightning

Superbolts, which are far more powerful than regular lightning, strike over oceans between November and February. A new map shows where they hit most.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
Sept. 10, 2019 ~5 min

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Lightning could protect power grids from hackers

Scientists have figured out how to use lightning signals from thousands of miles away to prevent hackers from sabotaging critical infrastructures.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
March 3, 2019 ~6 min

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