By Taylor Kate Brown Published 4:00 am PST, Friday, November 30, 2018 Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints burns during Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif.. on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Buy this photo The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints burns during Camp... The fire may be out in Paradise, but problems are far from over. Not only did the Camp Fire destroy lives and homes, reporter Kurtis Alexander writes, it’s harmed the state’s fight against climate change. And now, flooding caused by heavy rainfall is prompting evacuations around the Butte County town. The Camp Fire released as much greenhouse gas as all of California’s cars and trucks produce in a week, according to state estimates. That’s relatively small when it comes to worldwide emissions. But last year, the cumulative greenhouse gases released by California fires were … [Read more...] about Bay Briefing: How wildfires are undermining California’s climate progress
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HAIL and thunder is set to batter parts of Britain today as the torrential weather continues - before an 'Indian Summer' hits later in the week. Forecasters say most of the country is at risk of showers while heavy rain and blustery winds will lash the south and west throughout Monday. But temperatures will be pretty mild for the time of year and we could even see highs of 18C across the south east of England on Wednesday, the beginning of a week-long 'Indian Summer' - according to the Mirror. Warming of eastern Pacific sea-surface temperatures - known as El Nino - will cause the rise in temperature this month. This could be the warmest mid-November in 177 years if temperatures beat 17.7C recorded in Cwmbargoed, Glamorgan, Wales in 1841. Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Remembrance Sunday had a high chance of showers, with Monday also showery. “But high pressure builds with dry and fine conditions for many southern and eastern areas on Wednesday, … [Read more...] about Thunderstorms and hail to batter UK today before ‘Indian Summer’ this week – see how YOU are affected with our weather forecast maps
Eva Ruth Moravec and Frances Stead Sellers, The Washington Post Published 5:53 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 AUSTIN, Texas - The rains started innocently enough - a refreshing break from a summerlong drought that had parched the landscape and sent residents of this water-loving city for relief, swimming and boating in its spectacular man-made lakes. But what has happened is more insidious: The season has become one of the wettest autumns on record, causing five deaths in the Central Texas region and tainting an entire city's water supply. This city of 1 million people took the unprecedented step this week of asking residents to boil drinking water for three minutes to kill any bacteria, the culmination of a series of floods that have deposited large amounts of sediment from the soil, as well as oil and other pollutants into its water system, overwhelming its water-treatment plants. The warning intensified Tuesday, when the contamination triggered a state-mandated … [Read more...] about Floods are ravaging Central Texas and tainting its water
MILLIONS have been ordered to flee their homes after torrential downpours set of floods and landslides in western Japan. The death toll continues to climb as the rainfall shows no sign of slowing down. Here's what we know... What caused the flooding? Parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall expected for the whole month of July. Rivers which were already flooded rivers have set off extra floods, and saturated areas set off landslides after the heavy rain on July 6 morning. Officials said 23 inches of rainfall, drenched Motoyama, in Hiroshima prefecture. One part of Honshu island was drenched with twice the amount of average rainfall expected for this time of year. Forecasters have warned of more historic" rainfall, to fall on already saturated areas throughout Sunday July 8.How many people have died? At least 60 people have died in the floods, with most losing their lives in Hiroshima prefecture. One victim was sucked into a drainage pipe and an elderly woman … [Read more...] about Japan floods – what caused the flooding, how many people have died and what is the latest weather forecast?
WALKING down the street and being swallowed up by the ground seems to be the stuff of nightmares. But sinkholes are very real for some people who have seen their cars and even their homes just disappear. Here's all we know... What is a sinkhole? A sinkhole is a large hole that opens up suddenly in the ground - and most times they catch people totally unaware. They are usually caused by erosion underneath the ground's surface that is due to a poor drainage of water. Sinkholes have been known to be just a couple of feet across but also so big that they have swallowed up cars and buildings. The deepest sinkhole to have ever formed is in the Chongqing district of China, and it is 2,171 feet deep and 2053 metres wide. A huge sinkhole opened up recently on a farm in New Zealand - the length of two football fields and the depth of a six-storey building. Around a dozen sinkholes opened up in Ocala, Florida in May 2018 around a retention pond - a pool designed to hold storm water … [Read more...] about What is a sinkhole, what caused the one in New Zealand and where in the UK have they been found?