Saturday, April 28, 2007

Holy Smokes...



As I told you the other week, I was in the Bahamas last week for the Bahamas Weather Conference. I know, I know... rough gig! Well, there actually is some work done at this conference. :-) Hurricane experts and television meteorologists from across the country attend to share information, techniques on forecasting, and how to explain these tropical tempests to the general public.


One of the hot topics had to do with global warming, its impact on hurricanes, and how much of a role humans play in global warming. As you will see in a story I am working on... you may be surprised at the thoughts of the meteorologists in attendance.


Although the conference was very interesting, one of the coolest things I saw was actually in the plane on the way to the Bahamas! Our flight took us from Atlanta across south Georgia, and off the east coast of Florida. While passing over south Georgia you could see the wildfires that had started near the Okefenokee swamp just days earlier. The picture above is what I saw looking out the window of our jet as it passed overhead at more than 30,000 feet!!


Parts of the fire still rage out of control and more than 100 square miles have burned so far. Rain would certainly help, but very little is expected between now and the end of the week. One thing that could help would be higher humidity values and that may indeed happen by mid week.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



--Chris


P.S. Here is a pic of the Mrs. and I from the conference. This was one of the few moments I was not working. ;-)


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