Thursday, May 5, 2016

Massive Wildfire -- 90,000 People Evacuated

An unusual early May weather pattern known as an Omega (Ω) block has developed over the central part of North America.  (See the Omega Ω resemblance in the jet stream?)
Omega Ω Blocking High

Ft. McMurray Fire

The unseasonably hot and dry Canadian weather contributed to the sudden - chaotic and intense - evacuation of nearly 90,000 residents in Fort McMurray in Alberta Canada.  

Here are some of the pictures of the devastation 
Wildfire - Fort McMurray

Pyrocumulus Cloud from wildfire

Massive Wildfire - Fort McMurray

In addition, the video of hundreds of narrow escapes is lighting up social media.  Click HERE and HERE for a links to the video. Very intense and unreal. The truly amazing part of all this nearly 2,000 structures have been destroyed, but no deaths or serious injuries have been reported.

~Meteorologist Chris Vickers