Friday, May 06, 2016

How big is the largest Alberta Fire?

The Fort McMurray fire as of Thursday May 5th is around 85,000 hectares or 210,000 acres! These comparison to big cities around North America are staggering. Images courtesy Macleans.

The Omega Block in the middle of North America kept central Canada dry accelerating an already dry region from this past winter. Well above normal temperatures surged north.

Omega Block (looks like a double)

More heat this weekend. Some relief is on the way late this weekend as the temperatures will fall back into the 50s.

Saturday high temperatures

Rainfall Sunday into early Tuesday

Cooler air Sunday