MASSIVE WILDFIRE CLOUDS can be as dangerous as volcanic eruptions in some respects. As wildfires become more common, these clouds are becoming a greater hazard. This is addressed in the article “Towering fire-fueled thunderclouds can spew as many aerosols as volcanic eruptions,” which“As warming worsens wildfires, it may create conditions ripe for stronger pyrocumulonimbus clouds.” [Continue reading]
MOST OF US NEVER HEARD OF “DRY LIGHTNING” until recently. It is cloud-to-ground lightning without any nearby rainfall. A dry lightning storm over Mitchell’s Cove in Santa Cruz, California, caused more than 10,000 bursts of lightning between August 15 and August 19, 2020, which in turn set off devastating wildfires across California.