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"We warned at the start of ZetaTalk, in 1995, that unpredictable weather extremes, switching about from drought to deluge, would occur and increase on a lineal basis up until the pole shift. Where this occurred steadily, it has only recently become undeniable. ZetaTalk, and only ZetaTalk, warned of these weather changes, at that early date. Our early warnings spoke to the issue of global heating from the core outward, hardly Global Warming, a surface or atmospheric issue, but caused by consternation in the core. Affected by the approach of Planet X, which was by then starting to zoom rapidly toward the inner solar system for its periodic passage, the core was churning, melting the permafrost and glaciers and riling up volcanoes. When the passage did not occur as expected in 2003 because Planet X had stalled in the inner solar system, we explained the increasing weather irregularities in the context of the global wobble that had ensued - weather wobbles where the Earth is suddenly forced under air masses, churning them. This evolved by 2005 into a looping jet stream, loops breaking away and turning like a tornado to affect the air masses underneath. Meanwhile, on Planet Earth, droughts had become more intractable and deluges positively frightening, temperature swings bringing snow in summer in the tropics and searing heat in Artic regions, with the violence of storms increasing in number and ferocity."

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From the ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for February 4, 2012:

 

The wobble seems to have changed, as the temperature in Europe suddenly plunged after being like an early Spring, Alaska has its coldest temps ever while the US and much of Canada is having an extremely mild winter. India went from fatal cold spell to balmy again. Has the Earth changed position vs a vs Planet X to cause this? [and from another] Bitter cold records broken in Alaska - all time coldest record nearly broken, but Murphy's Law intervenes [Jan 30] http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/30/bitter-cold-records-broken-in-alaska Jim River, AK closed in on the all time record coldest temperature of -80°F set in 1971, which is not only the Alaska all-time record, but the record for the entire United States. Unfortunately, it seems the battery died in the weather station just at the critical moment. While the continental USA has a mild winter and has set a number of high temperature records in the last week and pundits ponder whether they will be blaming the dreaded "global warming" for those temperatures, Alaska and Canada have been suffering through some of the coldest temperatures on record during the last week.

There has been no change in the wobble pattern, the wobble has merely become more severe. Nancy noted a Figure 8 format when the Earth wobble first became noticeable, in early 2005, after Planet X moved into the inner solar system at the end of 2003. The Figure 8 shifted along to the east a bit on the globe between 2005 and 2009, (the last time Nancy took its measure) as Planet X came closer to the Earth, encountering the magnetic N Pole with a violent push earlier in the day. But the pattern of the Figure 8 remained essentially the same. So what changed recently that the weather patterns became noticeably different in late January, 2012?

The N Pole is pushed away when it comes over the horizon, when the noon Sun is centered over the Pacific. This regularly puts Alaska under colder air, with less sunlight, and thus the historically low temps there this January, 2012 as the wobble has gotten stronger. But by the time the Sun is positioned over India, the N Pole has swung during the Figure 8 so the globe tilts, and this tilt is visible in the weather maps from Asia. The tilt has forced the globe under the hot air closer to the Equator, warming the land along a discernable tilt demarcation line.

The next loop of the Figure 8 swings the globe so that the N Pole moves in the other direction, putting the globe again at a tilt but this time in the other direction. This tilt is discernable in weather maps of Europe, again along a diagonal line. Depending upon air pressure and temperature differences, the weather on either side of this diagonal line may be suddenly warm or suddenly cold. The tilt and diagonal line lingers to affect much of the US and Canada, but the Figure 8 changes at this point to be an up and down motion, pulling the geographic N Pole south so the US is experiencing a warmer than expected winter under a stronger Sun. Then the cycle repeats, with the magnetic N Pole of Earth pushed violently away again as the Sun is positioned over the Pacific.

 

From the ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for April 6, 2013:

 

Would the Zetas be able to let us know what is causing the early break-up of the Arctic Ice, the ice seems to have taken on a swirling pattern at the same time, would this be wobble related? [and from another] http://www.vancouversun.com/news/national/Canada+Arctic+cracks+spec... The ice in Canada’s western Arctic ripped open in a massive “fracturing event” this spring that spread like a wave across 1,000 kilometres of the Beaufort Sea. Huge leads of water – some more than 500 kilometres long and as much as 70 kilometres across – opened up from Alaska to Canada’s Arctic islands as the massive ice sheet cracked as it was pushed around by strong winds and currents. It took just seven days for the fractures to progress across the entire area from west to east. [and from another] http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=80752&src=iot... A high-pressure weather system was parked over the region, producing warmer temperatures and winds that flowed in a southwesterly direction. That fueled the Beaufort Gyre, a wind-driven ocean current that flows clockwise. The gyre was the key force pulling pieces of ice west past Point Barrow, the northern nub of Alaska that protrudes into the Beaufort Sea.


The Figure 8 formed by the N Pole during the daily Earth wobble has shifted somewhat to the East, due to Planet X positioned more to the right of the Earth during its approach. This was anticipated, and well described in ZetaTalk, the Earth crowding to the left in the cup to escape the approach of Planet X, so the angle between these two planets would change slightly. This shift of the Figure 8 to the East is due to the push against the Earth’s magnetic N Pole occurring sooner each day than prior. Thus instead of occurring when the Sun is high over the Pacific, over New Zealand, it is now occurring when the Sun is high over Alaska. All the wobble points have shifted eastward accordingly.

This has brought a lingering Winter to the western US, and a changed sloshing pattern to the Arctic waters. Instead of Pacific waters being pushed through the Bering Straits into the Arctic when the polar push occurs, the wobble is swinging the Arctic to the right, and then later to the left, creating a circular motion in the waters trapped in the Arctic. Since the Earth rotates counterclockwise, the motion also takes this path. This is yet another piece of evidence that the establishment is hard pressed to explain. They are attempting to ascribe this to high pressure and wind, all of which are not new to the Arctic, but this circular early breakup of ice in the Arctic is new.

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🚨BREAKING: A Mass casualty event has been declared at a truck stop shell gas station with up to 150 people trapped with the roof collapsed in Valley View, Texas

‼️Emergency crews have just declared a mass casualty event after a large, violent tornado passed through Interstate 35 in Valley View, Texas as Police scanners are reporting that at least 150 people are trapped inside a shell truck stop gas station with a collapsed roof. Multiple injuries are being reported.
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Comment by Yvonne Lawson on January 19, 2024 at 9:59am

Kashmir's rare snowless winter sets off alarm bells

n this photograph taken on January 17, 2024, visitors walk along ski slopes usually covered in snow at this time of the year at a ski station in Gulmarg, some 55 km from Indian-administered Kashmir's capital Srinagar.

Visitors walk along ski slopes usually covered in snow at this time of the year in Gulmarg

In his 17 years of managing a hotel in Gulmarg, a picturesque town in Indian-administered Kashmir, Manzoor Ahmad has never seen a season without snow.

But this year, things are different: the snow-clad mountains in the region are oddly brown and barren.

"This is unprecedented," Mr Ahmad, 50, says, and adds that tourists have stopped making reservations at his hotel.

Every year, thousands of tourists visit Kashmir in winter to enjoy skiing and sightseeing. But the absence of snowfall this year has bought the region's tourism industry to its knees.

Close to 100,000 tourists visited Kashmir last January, but this year that number has reduced by more than half, officials say.

Experts say the snowless winter will have a disastrous impact on the territory's economy as the tourism sector accounts for about 7% of Jammu and Kashmir's GDP. It will also impact farming and water supply as scanty snowfall will not replenish groundwater reserves adequately.

Environmentalists say that climate change has been impacting the region, causing extreme weather events and prolonged dry spells in both winter and summer. Jammu and Kashmir's weather department recorded a 79% rainfall deficit in December and a 100% deficit in January.

The valley is also experiencing warmer weather, with most stations in Kashmir recording a 6-8C (43-48F) rise in temperature this winter.

Kashmir snow

Otherwise covered with a white carpet of snow, the mountains are brown this winter

Showkat Ahmad Rather, who heads the Ski Association of Gulmarg, echoes this sentiment.

"I have been working as a ski instructor for the past 27 years, I can't switch to doing something else," he says.

Apart from tourism, experts say that the absence of snowfall will also impact generation of hydroelectricity, fisheries and farming.

The neighbouring territory of Ladakh - another popular tourist destination - is also experiencing a snowless winter.

"The farming here is dependent on glaciers. The glaciers are melting at a fast rate. No snowfall in the peak [winter] season means early that spring water will be a big problem," environmentalist Sonam Wangchuk says.

"This is one of the driest spells in the Himalayan region," Sonam Lotus, director of the Meteorological Centre in Leh, says. Irfan Rashid, an assistant professor at University of Kashmir, adds that a drought like situation "can't be ruled out".

The region normally receives heavy snowfall during peak winter - a 40-day period that lasts from 21 December to 29 January. During this time, mountains and glaciers get covered with snow and this ensures water supply throughout the year.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-68015106

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on December 28, 2023 at 10:09am

Storm Gerrit 'tornado' tears through Manchester wrecking around 100 homes overnight - as Brits trying to get back home after Xmas prepare to endure MORE travel chaos today after 80mph gales, rain and snow sparked road, rail and plane mayhem

Storm Gerrit has wrecked more than 100 homes after a tornado swept through a town - tearing apart roofs, blowing large trees onto roads and evacuating residents.

A supercell thunderstorm barrelled across Greater Manchester overnight causing major structural damage to houses in Stalybridge, Tameside, just before midnight.

Homeowners were told to attend a town hall for help, and the Met Office revealed there had been a strong rotating updraft and it was a 'likely' that a tornado had hit.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed officers were called to 'numerous reports of significant damage' at about 11.45pm last night and declared a 'major incident'. Photographs showed walls blown over, roofs torn apart and windows blown out.

It comes as travel chaos continued today across the UK after the storm struck with blizzards, 106mph gales and three inches of rain. Some 25,000 homes in Scotland lost power and drivers were trapped in snow on the A9 in the Highlands for hours.

Avanti West Coast said a tree falling on overhead wires between Rugby and Lichfield meant some rail lines were blocked again today. Journey times from London Euston towards the North West are being extended as trains are diverted via the Midlands.

Separately, Great Western Railway services at London Paddington were suspended today after a person was hit by a train near Slough. This also impacted the Elizabeth line, with no service between Hayes and Harlington and Reading. It comes as:

  • ScotRail, Transport for Wales and other operators reported major storm disruption;
  • Power was restored to 31,000 houses but 14,000 further homes were still cut off;
  • Ferry crossings between Southampton and the Isle of Wight were cancelled today;
  • Heathrow Airport axed 18 flights yesterday due to air traffic control restrictions. 

Flights were cancelled, rail lines were blocked and bridges closed, bringing lengthy delays as families returned home and commuters struggled back into workplaces.

The Environment Agency had 156 flood alerts and 23 warnings in place for England today after the deluge. Strong winds and heavy rain is forecast into the weekend, improving slightly with showers and sunny spells predicted for New Year's Eve.

The roof of a property damaged last night by high winds in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester

Debris lying on the road outside a property damaged by a tornado in Stalybridge last night

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12906083/Storm-Gerrit-torn...

Comment by Tracie Crespo on December 10, 2023 at 5:13pm

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Explosion and fireball seen as storm sweeps through Tennessee

A funnel cloud moving over Madison, a suburb in Tennessee, caused electrical flashes and a small explosion seen in a video shared on social media.

Parts of Tennessee were hit by tornadoes and severe storms on Saturday, and at least six people died as a result.

Buildings were reduced to rubble and communities were plunged into blackouts in the southern US state.

A funnel cloud differs from a tornado in that it doesn't touch the ground. The weather phenomenon has also been described as a "baby tornado beginning to form but never quite getting there", according to BBC meteorologist David Braine.

Read more details of the storm impact here.

9th December 2023, 10:16 MST

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Comment by Yvonne Lawson on October 19, 2023 at 11:49am

Cork flooding: Floods in Co Cork ‘absolutely devastating’ as safety warning issued to motorists

‘Significant difficulties’ on some of the county’s roads after Storm Babet brings more than a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours

Flooding in Midleton, Co Cork, caused by Storm Babet after more than a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours. Photograph: Damien Rytel/PA Wire

Motorists have been urged to drive with care in Cork and other parts of the country affected by floods from Storm Babet after more than a month’s worth of rain fell in just 24 hours.

Several roads in the south and southeast were impassible on Thursday morning as local authorities and emergency services continued to assess the flood damage.

The damage to Midleton was “absolutely devastating”, fire station officer in the town Mark Sinclair said. “I’m born and bred in the town, I’ve seen many a flood, but none of this capacity. This came so quick. We helped as much as we could and tried to get as many people to safety as possible.

“We’re still going around checking on people to see if they need help,” he said on Thursday morning.

“Numerous calls came in during the day [Wednesday]. I think it was 11am that the river burst its banks – then by 2pm there was pure devastation. The main street was like a river.

Mr Sinclair explained recent heavy rain had led to saturated ground and then there was high tide along with torrential rain, which led to the river bursting its banks.

“A lot of the shops have no insurance because it’s a flood zone, the town hasn’t seen anything like this in 400 years,” he told RTÉ's Morning Ireland.

The mayor of Cork County, Frank O’Flynn, called for an investigation into why the weather warning for Cork during Storm Babet was not upgraded to red status.

“It should have been red,” he told Newstalk Breakfast. “There was a torrential downpour ... Had there been a red status warning, schools and businesses would have been more prepared, cars would not have been out on the roads and not as much damage would have been caused.”

Read more: https://www.irishtimes.com/ireland/2023/10/19/cork-flooding-floods-...

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on September 9, 2023 at 7:14am

NYC is hit by sudden storm that's cancelled over 200 flights across NY and NJ as locals share concerns over 'creepy clouds' and forecasters warn East Coast could soon be hit by Cat-5, 165mph Hurricane Lee

  • Severe thunderstorms have rolled in over the East Coast
  • The weather front precludes Cat-5 Hurricane Lee forecast to make landfall 
  • Travel chaos struck the region as over 200 flights have been cancelled

Hurricane Lee is thundering towards the East Coast and is forecast to make landfall next week, after severe weather begun battering the region Friday evening

New York City and Boston are bracing for Category 5 Hurricane Lee to make landfall, but the East Coast is already experiencing severe thunderstorms set to last through the weekend. 

The region has sweltered under high temperatures and humidity in recent weeks, but both major metros are expected to be washed out Friday evening. 

The weather front has brought travel chaos to the skies as over 200 flights have already been cancelled out of JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports, according to FlightAware

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The storms have come following blistering temperatures across the eastern seaboard, where the mercury topped 90 degrees for three consecutive days for the first time all year in New York City on Friday. 

Summer in the Big Apple was grayer and cooler than usual, with the metropolis repeatedly blanketed by smoke and haze from Canadian wildfires. 

A heat advisory warning is still in effect in New York City and parts of New Jersey, as the torrential front barreling in resembles a tropical storm. 

Officials are bracing for damage as high winds, heavy rainfall and potential hail could cause flash flooding and structural damage in some areas. 

Reports indicate trees and power lines have been downed in New Jersey, and a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for almost the entire tri-state area until 11pm Friday. 

Flash flood warning have also been issued for large swathes of the Hudson Valley following a period of dry and hot conditions. 

Much of Massachusetts also remains under a severe thunderstorm watch, covering Middlesex, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire counties. 

In Hoopsick Falls, New York, the town's mayor urged residents to remain indoors as a powerful thunderstorm struck the community of 3,000 people on Thursday. 

New Yorker Joanna Oltman Smith shared a photo of mammatus clouds in the Big Apple Friday - and branded the sky formation 'creepy'

Storm damage was also seen in Boxborough, Massachusetts, where multiple tree limbs were torn down by the high winds

Storm damage was also seen in Boxborough, Massachusetts, where multiple tree limbs were torn down by the high winds 

Crews worked through Friday to clear the roads after the storm surge swept through, which also tore down power lines

Crews worked through Friday to clear the roads after the storm surge swept through, which also tore down power lines 

The storms on Friday are forecast to be the start of several weather bombs to strike the region into Monday, while heavy rainfall is expected to continue through the week as temperatures plummet. 

The severe weather comes amid growing fears over Hurricane Lee, which was registered as a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday, before it escalated to a Category 5 overnight. 

Lee has been picking up steam as it thunders towards the coastline, with wind speeds in excess of 130mph. 

It is expected to make landfall late next week, however forecasters have struggled to nail down the exact path of Hurricane Lee, leading to varying estimates over the extent of the damage it could bring to the East Coast.

Forecasters have struggled to nail down the exact path of Hurricane Lee, leading to varying estimates over its the extent of the damage it could bring

Forecasters have struggled to nail down the exact path of Hurricane Lee, leading to varying estimates over its the extent of the damage it could bring

Read more:  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12497753/NYC-storm-cancell...

Comment by jorge namour on September 6, 2023 at 2:35am

GREECE REGION SEPTEMBER 5 2023

Volos!! !!️ 🆘️🌊
Unbelievable amounts of rain coming down!
What a shocking take
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2 people killed in Istanbul flash floods TURKEY

SEP 05, 2023
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkiye/istanbul/2-people-killed-in-ista...

Two people were killed after flash floods devastated some districts in Türkiye’s largest metropolis Istanbul late Tuesday.

Heavy downpours started in the northern part of the city and intensified in the Arnavutköy and Başakşehir districts, turning roads into rivers.

FROM LINK Western Istanbul, Tuesday evening, September 5, 2023, torrential rains and floods flooded the city, a state of terror and panic

Comment by jorge namour on September 5, 2023 at 2:42am


GREECE REGION
SEPTEMBER 4 2023
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🚨 Urgent: A catastrophe will hit #Greece in the coming hours: the total rainfall that falls on #Istanbul within two years can fall on #Greece within 48 hours..
It may fall 2 tons of precipitation per square metre. There is a very serious and extreme flood risk that will take the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea almost sea water and pour it on Greece.
estimates in this direction.

Comment by KM on August 18, 2023 at 4:15pm

https://globalnews.ca/news/9904497/west-kelowna-fire-evacuation-ord...

Structures lost in West Kelowna as thousands remain under evacuation order due to wildfires

Structures have been lost in West Kelowna due to the McDougall Creek wildfire, officials confirmed early Friday morning.

It is not known exactly how many buildings have burned due to the fire but the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre said a full assessment of the area will be undertaken Friday morning.

At around 3 a.m. Friday, officials said the fire remains very active and unpredictable.

Currently, 2,462 properties are under evacuation order and 4,801 properties are under evacuation alert due to the McDougall Creek wildfire.

Click to play video: 'Province predicts tough wildfire days ahead for B.C.'
Province predicts tough wildfire days ahead for B.C.

A state of emergency has been declared in Kelowna, and evacuations are underway in two neighbourhoods, as two wildfires flared to life late Thursday evening.

It’s thought that embers from the nearby McDougall Creek wildfire sparked the new fires, with embers, aided by gusting winds, crossing Okanagan Lake.

Comment by KM on August 18, 2023 at 2:05am

https://www.cnn.com/2023/08/16/americas/canada-northwest-territorie...

The entire capital city of Canada’s Northwest Territories has been ordered to evacuate as hundreds of wildfires scorch the region, officials say


About 20,000 residents in Yellowknife are being urged to get out of the way of fast-moving flames as more than 230 fires char the territory and smoke creeps south, impacting air quality in the United States. Yellowknife accounts for about half of the total population of the remote territory, which sits north of Alberta and east of Yukon.

One of the wildfires burning west of Yellowknife is approximately 165,000 hectares, more than 600 square miles, and inching closer to the community and main highway, according to Mike Gibbins, who manages communications for Municipal Affairs Minister Shane Thompson’s office.

“We’re all tired of the word unprecedented, yet there is no other way to describe this situation in the Northwest Territories,” Premier Caroline Cochrane said in a statement Wednesday night.

“Residents living along the Ingraham Trail, in Dettah, Kam Lake, Grace Lake and Engle Business District are currently at highest risk and should evacuate as soon as possible. Other residents have until noon on Friday, August 18, 2023 to evacuate,” Northwest Territories officials said in a news release Wednesday.

The community of N’dilo is also under an evacuation order, officials said in the release. Those unable to leave by vehicle can register for an air evacuation, officials said.

“If you are able to evacuate by road, obey all warning signs, emergency management officials, traffic control devices and posted speed limits,” Cochrane added. “Do not make any rash decisions that can put other people in danger.”

Those driving out of the Yellowknife area face a potentially perilous journey through heavy smoke and fire. “There were patches of flames on each side as we drove through,” Nadia Byrne told CNN, calling her evacuation the most terrifying experience she’s had.

Byrne, along with four friends and their dogs, left Yellowknife Tuesday evening and struggled to see – and breathe – while driving.

“We hit a patch where we couldn’t see any of the lines on the road. That lasted 45 minutes,” she said. “We had our N95s on and could barely breathe and our chest and lungs hurt.”

The group made it to their destination safely the next morning, she said.

“We find ourselves in a crisis situation and our government is using every tool available to assist,” Thompson said.

Thompson declared an emergency for the entire territory on Tuesday, which will allow officials “to access and deploy resources so that we can continue our work to protect residents and communities in a more efficient manner,” he said.

The mayor of Yellowknife also issued a local state of emergency as the fires approached. The flames were less than 10 miles from the town Wednesday evening, officials said.

The new evacuation orders come as much of the South Slave region – including the town of Hay River – was placed under an evacuation order over the weekend. Roads out of Hay River to the Alberta border and west to Yellowknife were also closed, town officials said in a Facebook post.

“The situation has changed quickly. Strong winds have blown the fire within 10 km (6 miles) of the community. It is anticipated the fire will reach Hay River this evening,” Northwest Territories Fire said in a Facebook update Wednesday evening. “Crews that were in the path of the fire are pulling off for their own safety and are re-positioning to assist in other areas.”

A team from Alberta has been deployed to the Hay River area to lay fire retardant to help stop the fire from spreading, according to Northwest Territories Fire, a Canadian government agency.

“Sprinklers and structure protections are in place and turned on, other operations will continue work when conditions allow,” the agency added.

Evacuees from South Slave were initially advised to go to a reception center in Grande Prairie, but the government of the Northwest Territories has since rerouted them to a new center in St. Albert, Alberta.

In terms of the fires’ impact on communities in the Northwest Territories, “this has been the worst wildfire season in NWT history,” said Gibbins, adding that approximately 65% of the NWT population has been impacted by evacuations as a result of wildfires this season.

British Columbia prepares for potentially catastrophic days ahead

There are over 360 active fires burning in neighboring British Columbia, where officials expect fire conditions to worsen as heat and lightning are forecast to combine over the next few days.

“This weather event has the potential to be the most challenging 24 to 48 hours of the summer from a fire perspective,” Cliff Chapman, of the British Columbia Fire Wildfire Service, said in a Thursday news conference. “We are expecting significant growth, and we are expecting our resources to be challenged.”

Chapman warned that high pressure has led to record-breaking heat and that lightning is being forecast, which he said has been the “primary ignition source for new fires.”

The high-pressure air also causes dry winds, which contribute to extreme fire behavior, according to the BC Wildfire Service. These weather conditions exacerbate low fuel moisture in dead vegetation, which allows fires to start easily and spread rapidly.

These weather conditions also result in live vegetation, including peoples’ lawns and trees, to start yellowing – not because fall is approaching but because the plants are experiencing extreme drought conditions.

This is dangerous because it results in additional live vegetation becoming available for burning, increasing the risk of the fires getting bigger and spreading further, said Neal McLaughlin of the BC Wildfire Service.

“BC Wildfire Service is concerned about the upcoming ridge breakdown, and what that could mean in terms of fire behavior,” McLaughlin said. “We’d like to alert the public that there could be rapidly evolving fire behavior and fire behavior that could spread very quickly across the landscape.”

US under air quality alert

The fires burning in Canada have once again led to harmful air quality in the US, with the Minnesota Pollution Control issuing an air quality alert for Thursday and Friday.

“Heavy ground-level smoke from wildfires in the Northwest Territories of Canada is moving south across central Canada and towards Minnesota on Wednesday,” the National Weather Service warned. “A strong cold front will bring this smoke across the entire state on Thursday.”

Smoke could reach the Minnesota-Canadian border around midnight Thursday, and then possibly move over the Twin Cities around noon and southern Minnesota by 3 p.m. Thursday, the weather service said.

Air quality has the potential to reach the Purple or Very Unhealthy category for several hours in eastern Minnesota, the weather service said.

Sensitive groups, such as people with lung or heart disease, the elderly and children are urged to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion and the general public is being told to limit outdoor activity.

“Smoke will linger across the eastern half of the state on Friday and fine particle levels will continue to be high for most of the day,” the weather service said. “Winds will become southerly Friday afternoon and smoke will begin to retreat away from the state and disperse. Air quality should improve below alert levels by the end of the day on Friday.

In Canada, the Minister of National Defense Bill Blair on Tuesday mobilized the Canadian Armed Forces to provide firefighting personnel, airlift resources, and logistical support to the Northwest Territories.

“We stand with the people of the Northwest Territories as they experience their worst fire season on record, and I am confident that our military personnel will do their utmost to assist their fellow Canadians,” Blair said in a statement.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was in communication with Cochrane on Wednesday.

“To the people of the Northwest Territories: We’re here for you. We’ve mobilized Canadian Armed Forces members, and we’ll continue to provide whatever resources are needed. I spoke about that with Premier Caroline Cochrane today – and reaffirmed our commitment to assisting however we can,” Trudeau said in a social media post.

Trudeau also met with officials on Thursday to discuss the ongoing wildfires and said that there would be no tolerance for any attempt to escalate prices on things like airfare and essential goods.

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