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Fire and Water

11 Sep 2010, 11:20 am

Fire has been a top headline in news across the nation lately, with a gas-line explosion near San Francisco, and wildfires burning in Colorado. Recent information on the California fire revealed residents reported smelling gas for a few days leading up to the explosion. As flames raced through the Glenview neighborhood of San Bruno, winds, dry conditions, and intense flames swallowed up over 15 acres. It also took the lives of 4 people, injured 52 more, and destroyed at least 37 homes. If there’s any positive news to come from San Bruno, the fire is 100% contained. This isn’t the case with a wildfire burning near Boulder, Colorado. Fire officials say the blaze is about 50% contained, but is still burning out of control. They hope to gain control of the blaze and bring it into 100% containment by the middle of next week. High winds helping to fuel the flames have died down, allowing fire fighters to dig containment lines around a big portion of the fire. Unfortunately, it has already consumed 169 homes and an area of approximately 10-square-miles. The photo on the left is a NASA shot from space of the smoke plume from the Fourmile Canyon wildfire near Boulder.

From fire to water, our landscape is rather active worldwide. We’re continuing to monitor the tropics, as Tropical Storm Igor is forecast to become a hurricane later today. 2 tropical waves could gain names(Julia & Karl)in the next couple of days. One wave is churning through the Lesser Antilles. The National Hurricane Center gives it a 60% chance of gaining tropical cyclone status, and models pull it to the west, eventually toward the Yucatan Peninsula later this week. The second large wave has just pushed off the coast of Africa. This one currently has about a 30% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone and will follow a similar path to Igor as we get into next week.

Across the lower 48, high pressure will give the western half of the country a dry and mild day ahead. As a cold front slides across the Ohio Valley, thunderstorms are expected to line up. Some of these storms may contain strong wind gusts and small hail in parts of Kentucky and Tennessee. These storms are expected to push along the eastern seaboard for Sunday, with a wind gust and small hail threat in the Carolinas.

Stay tuned for the latest!

Meteorologist Bryan Karrick, WeatherNation LLC

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