A slip of the tongue? Washington Gov. Jay Inslee claims "This is not an act of God," (The wildfires). "This has happened because we have changed the climate of the state of Washington in dramatic ways. In what way have you changed the climate of Washington State, Sir?
NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured these series of images (made into an animated GIF) showing the winds changing direction on Sep. 06, 2020 when choking clouds of brown smoke began to billow and cascade into the Pacific Ocean. (Dates displayed in the lower left-hand corner.) By Sep. 10, the smoke cloud had travelled over 1,300 miles. The square miles of smoke in the image below totals 963,269. That estimate has been computed using the measurement tool within the NASA Worldview application.
More than 3.1 million acres have burned in California this year, part of a record fire season that still has four months to go. A suffocating cloud of smoke has veiled the West Coast for days, extending more than a thousand miles above the Pacific. And the extreme fire behaviour that’s been witnessed this year hasn’t just been wild — it’s virtually unprecedented in scope and scale.
How could two countries, Australia and the US suffer wildfires unprecedented in scope and scale just a few months apart and the fire season in the US still have a couple of months to go? Just maybe the real truth was leaked in a statement from the Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who said on Friday."This is not an act of God," "This has happened because we have changed the climate of the state of Washington in dramatic ways." What does he mean when he says, " we have changed the climate of the state of Washington State?" And why as someone mentioned on my Facebook page doe the fires stop on the Canadian border?
Earthwindmap showing dangerous cancer-causing PM2.5 particles and fires not extending into Canada
The fires which devastated Australia earlier this year were absolutely unprecedented in their size and speed at which they spread and similar to fires happening now on the west coast of the US. Both countries suffered an unusual early beginning to their fire seasons. Both countries claimed very early on that the unusual exploding start to the fire season was the worst they had witnessed in their entire history. It's no secret, Australia went on to lose 25% of its temperate rain forests, 3 billion wild animals were killed or injured and 60% of crop output lost and the west coast is looking like the US will be suffering a similar fate. Both countries claim the fires were "man-made."
One thing is for sure, the "normal folk of America" must be wondering what hit them this year, with a devasting covid-19 pandemic, the worst by far in the world. Millions of hard-working people suddenly jobless and providing food for their families now via the food bank. Social unrest not seen since the civil war. Here in Europe, we are watching the news in horror as 350llb men walk around in gangs carrying assault rifles and Bibles while gangs of Left-wing anarchists and militants happily go around tearing the country apart, it is absolutely astonishing to see. And now the fires.
A stunning 3.1 million acres have burned this year in California alone (per CAL fire), which is up from a total of 2.5 million acres as of Wednesday, Sep. 09, 2020. In addition, 805,314 acres have been lost in Oregon (State of Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard, as of 9:30am EDT Sep. 11) and 500,000 acres (Northwest Interagency Coordination Center) in Washington state. Winds blowing through the west have been stoking fires and helping spread them quickly as evidenced in the growth of over a half-million acres in less than two days. There have been 12 wildfire-related fatalities this year. Records have been shattered during this fire season and experts continue to blame drought, excessive heat and strong winds for this tragedy. Because the climate continues to change, scientists also believe that these types of fire events will not only continue but will worsen. Predictive meteorologist for the National Interagency Fire Center, Nick Nausler, tweeted: "Multiple fires made 20-plus mile runs in 24 hours over the last few days in California, Oregon and Washington. Such distances travelled so quickly may not be all that rare in grassland fires. However, most of these fires are making massive runs in timber and burning tens of thousands of acres and in some cases 100,000-plus acres in one day. The sheer amount of fire on the landscape is surreal."