Colorado Wildfires, 100 Degree Heat Expands East & Tropical Depression Debby Lingers
June 27th, 2012
Fires in the West, Flooding in the Southeast. It’s the day of weather extremes. One of our Facebook fans said it best.
Waldo Canyon Wildfire Doubles in Size
Several fires are now burning in Colorado. The most dangerous right now appears to be the Waldo Canyon Fire which consumed several homes late last night and forced tens of thousands to evacuate. Thanks to YouTube user nzmtns for sharing videos with us. The video below is from 8:50pm Mountain Time Tuesday night.
The fire, which started June 23 has burned 15,517 acres. It’s five percent contained. Fortunately, no injuries reported so far. Here’s a great link for up to the minute details from Inciweb. You can also get more details from The Denver Post.
The image below from NOAA gives you an idea how much the Waldo Canyon Fire grew since it started June 23rd. The cause is still under investigation.
Flagstaff Fire in Boulder, CO
The Flagstaff Fire is a lot smaller in size than the Waldo Canyon Fire. It’s only burned a few hundred acres as opposed to thousands, but it’s a little too close for comfort to the college town of Boulder. Here’s an excerpt from thedailycamera.com
The Flagstaff Fire continues to burn without containment Wednesday morning as firefighters prepare for high winds that could intensify the fire as the day goes on.
An infrared scan of the burn area showed the fire is now at 230 acres as of 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, down from the estimated 300 Tuesday night. More than 100 firefighters battled through the night to keep the fire from spreading into the city, and by Wednesday morning, there were 250 fire personnel on scene.
Dust Storms in Arizona
It’s also dry and windy in Arizona. Here’s an interesting tidbit from The National Weather Service in Flagstaff Arizona.
The last time it rained in Flagstaff was April 26th, a dry spell of 61 days! This ranks third all time for longest stretch without even a trace of rain. The record is 70 days set back in 1903.
This was the scene in Phoenix yesterday. Thanks to Mike Olbinski for sharing this photo with us.
Debby may have moved out to the Atlantic Ocean after weakening last night, but her impact is still being felt. Check out this video from the Jacksonville Times. (YouTube: Jaxdotcom) The video below shows creek swelling in Middleburg.
Tropical Depression Debby at midday was about 90 miles east of St. Augustine. The storm is expected to turn and move more to the east-northeast keeping the system over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Little change in strength is forecast for the next 48 hours, but by Sunday, Debby could re-intensify into a tropical systorm with winds over 40 MPH. But at that point, the storm will only be a threat to shipping routes and the fish.
Here is Debby’s projected path from the National Hurricane Center.
All-time-high temperature records were broken in several cities yesterday. All total, there were 104 maximum high temp records broken for June 26th. Here’s a link to NOAA climate data for details.
Here’s a look at today’s forecasted highs across the country. Notice the “core of heat” sits over the same area again today, in the central plains. Kansas and Oklahoma will see temps in the 100s to 110s and the heat will expand towards the mid-Atlantic states over the course of the week.
And when you consider the heat index, even more folks are going to feel like they’re in the 100 degree club.
Looking for ways to help your pet stay cool. The Animal Humane society suggests frozen treats. How about Peanut Butter Popsicles for the family pooch? The recipe is in this link: “When a heat wave hits your hometown, easy-to-make frozen treats are one way to help your dog chill out.”
Cool Morning in the Mid Atlantic
Record low temperatures were reported in a several cities this morning.
NWS Greenville, Spartanburg SC
A record low temperature of 56 degree was set at Charlotte, NC this morning. This breaks the old record of 59 set in 1879.
NWS Wilmington office:
New record lows for June 27th were set this morning: 57 degrees at Wilmington, 58 degrees at Florence, and 58 degrees in North Myrtle Beach. Big changes are on the way as a heat wave will develop this weekend with highs at or above 100 degrees for many locations in the Carolinas.
Beautiful Rhode Island Sunset
We want to thank our Facebook Fan, Charlie Gouin for sharing this beautiful picture of the sunset last night in Providence, RI.
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