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Tracking Fires From Space
2013-08-10 05:59:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As wildfires rage across California, NASA scientists are using satellite imagery to both monitor the current blaze and create models designed to predict where future fires might occur. "Over the last 30 years we have seen an increase in hot and dry conditions that promote fire activity," said Doug Morton, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. "And across the western US and Alaska, satellites show an increase...

Heat Wave Intensifies Siberian Wildfires
2013-08-08 08:21:58

NASA The summer of 2012 was the most severe wildfire season Russia had faced in a decade. 2013 might be headed in the same direction after an unusual heat wave brought a surge of fire activity in northern Siberia in July. A persistent high-pressure weather pattern in the Russian Arctic -- a blocking high -- contributed to the heat wave, which saw temperatures reach 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) in the northern city of Norilsk. For comparison, daily July highs in Norilsk...

Climate Change May Be Fueling Devastating Wildfires
2013-08-02 04:55:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The larger, more destructive wildfires devastating some regions of the western US could be fueled by climate change, according to new research appearing in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. These erratic fires are more difficult to contain, as well as more dangerous to people living in the area and likely to cause catastrophic damage, lead author and Michigan State University assistant professor of geography...

2013-07-31 23:37:12

As the US Wildfire Season seems to grow more intense each year, All Hands Fire Equipment is releasing wild fire prevention and safety tips for those in affected areas. Neptune, NJ (PRWEB) July 31, 2013 According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the United States is presently at Preparedness Level 3. This means that two or more regions in the US are experiencing wildland fires or prescribed fire activities that require a major commitment of national resources. There are five...

2013-07-29 23:28:56

In the aftermath of the tragic loss of 19 Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire in Arizona, the Omidi brothers, co-founders of the non profit charity Civic Duty, recommend new technology to improve firefighter safety. Beverly Hills, California (PRWEB) July 28, 2013 Civic Duty, a non profit charity co-founded by Dr. Michael Omidi and his brother Julian Omidi, recommends using new technology to improve firefighter safety following the deaths of 19...

Fires Turn Boreal Forests Into Deciduous Woodlands
2013-07-23 09:27:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the most flammable high-altitude regions of the world, a 2,000-square-kilometer zone in the Yukon Flats of interior Alaska has seen dramatic increases in both the frequency and severity of fires in recent decades. A research team led by the University of Illinois reports the area has seen higher wildfire activity more recently than at any other time in the past 10,000 years. The findings were reported...

2013-07-19 23:01:02

As Californians brace for another triple digit heat wave, the ongoing fires and high temperatures are an important reminder to take simple steps to prepare your home and family against damage from a wildfire, says the Association of California Insurance Companies (ACIC). Sacramento, California (PRWEB) July 19, 2013 ACIC Says Rising Temperatures are Wake Up Call for Californians to Prepare and Prevent Fires As Californians brace for another triple digit heat wave, the ongoing fires and...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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