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The Taming of California Wildfire

Posted by feww on January 7, 2010

California: No Money, No Fire!

In July 2008, while touring wildfires in N. California, the Governator declared:

There is no more fire season as we know itthe fire season is now all year-round.”

“That means that we don’t have enough resources.” Added Mr  Schwarzenegger.

He needn’t have worried! As it transpires, and this blog has always maintained, Calif wildfires are no ordinary fires; they are intelligent fires. When the state runs out of money, seriously out of cash, the fires disappear—or at least the firebugs do!

It’s pretty curios this relationship between the state bank account (including its ability to borrow) and the intensity of fire!

“Lucky” [Luciano?]

The Mercury News called it “lucky.”

“The economy struggled, unemployment was sky-high and swine flu raged across the landscape. But California actually got lucky in 2009 in one big area: fires.” They said.

But instead of putting two and two together…

“Despite enduring a third year of drought and some major blazes in Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties, California experienced a surprisingly mild wildfire year last year, according to final tallies this week by the state’s leading fire fighting agencies.”

If only the Internet mafia didn’t filter, block and bury about 98 percent of the critical information and analysis posted on this blog, perhaps Mercury News would have been all the wiser.

The final Toll:

Total acreage charred in 2009 was 402,181  (on lands under Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service watch) . [Cf, 1.3 million acres consumed by fires in 2008. Also wildfire destroyed 490 structures in 2009, down from 2,219 in 2008. ]

They have gone as asserting reasons: “The reason: the weather. There was less dry lightning, fewer bursts of Santa Ana winds, and generally cooler summer temperatures than normal.”

Mercury quoted Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services in Saratoga as saying: “Some years are just luckier than others. It’s like going to the craps tables. A lot of this is the luck of the draw.”

Aha, so it’s to do with Las Vegas science.

It was the best fire year since 2005, with little more than half as many acres burning as the state’s annual average of 711,060 acres over the prior five years.

“Our expectations were for another big fire season,” said Jason Kirchner, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service in Vallejo. “We’re in a drought and we had a lot of dry conditions out there.”

“A lot of people thought that was going to set the tone for the season,” said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. “But as the season continued, we didn’t have the same large growth of fires that we were seeing in other years.”

The fact is, as the fire season was about to continue, the State ran out of money!

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Tanzania Floods Affect 25,000 People

Posted by feww on January 7, 2010

Tanzania: Days of torrential rain have triggered floods, displacing thousands

Up to 25,000 people have been affected after days of torrential rain which flooded Morogoro and Dodoma, Tanzania, International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reported.

About 25,000 people affected, so far, with more than a thousand people displaced and at least 10 reported killed, most of whom were swept away by raging waters.

UN Map of Tanzania. Click image to enlarge.

“Around 2,000 homes in Kilosa were engulfed by the rising waters and more than half of these were completely destroyed.” IFRC said.

“Some 23 camps each housing up to 100 families have been established across the region to secure safe ground for the displaced families. Many schools have been converted to serve as evacuation centers for the homeless but, with the new term approaching, it is not yet clear where these people will go next.

“The damage to infrastructure has been immense. Roads and connecting bridges have been swept away, and parts of the country’s railway line left impassable hampering the country’s transportation system.

“The waters have submerged acres of crops and pasture lands and flooded many wells that serve as the main water source for communities. As a result, some health centres are already reporting cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhea.” IFRC added

Red Cross disaster management coordinator said: “The biggest problem we need to address is shelter.

“We found hundreds of families huddled together in an open field, stranded and cold. We face an enormous task of meeting their needs, being the first agency on the ground and with the local authorities largely dependent on our response efforts.

“The situation is getting worse and, with more regions such as Shinyanga added to those devastated by the storms, a lot remains to be done,” he added.

“The El Niño rains are not only wrecking havoc in Tanzania but its impact is also being felt in neighbouring Kenya,” said Brennan Banks, IFRC’s disaster operations manager.

“The heavy showers are expected to continue through the whole of next month according to meteorological reports.”

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Tropical Cyclone EDZANI Strengthens

Posted by feww on January 7, 2010


Tropical cyclone EDZANI  intensifies

  • Time/Date: 7 January 2010 – 00:01UTC
  • Position: 13.8ºS, 80.3ºE
  • Sustained Movement: 245 degrees
  • Forward speed: 19km/hr (10 kt)

Current wind distribution:

  • Maximum Sustained winds: 75 km/hr (40 kt)
  • Maximum Gusts: 95 km/hr (~ 50 kt)
  • Source: JTWC and Others


  • Tropical Cyclone EDZANI (TC 07S) is currently located about 1,200 km (650 nm) ESE of Diego Garcia, tracking west-southwestward at 19 km/hr (10 knots).
  • “Animated multispectral imagery and an SSMIS microwave image [taken on 06 Jan at 11:37UTC show] improved convective consolidation and an increasingly symmetric low level circulation center (LLCC).” JTWC reported.

Infrared METEOSAT-5 Indian Ocean. Credit: CIMSS Tropical Cyclones Group

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