Category Archives: Weather and Natural Occurrences

NASA’s Juno Offers Closest Pictures of Jupiter’s Storm

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has made it’s latest buzz of Jupiter.

This time Juno focused on the planet’s nearly 10,000-mile wide hurricane.

The first of the pictures have been released, giving us the closest pictures yet of the storm.

They were taken from about 5,600 miles above the storm, while Juno flew by at 31 miles per second.

More photos will come over the next few days, some of which will be even closer.

Those will give more detail possibly giving insight into the storm which has raged on Jupiter since at least as long as man has been able to make telescopes powerful enough to see details on the planet.

14,000 Evacuated Due to 200 Fires in British Columbia

More than 14,000 people have been forced to evacuate as more than 200 fires rage in British Columbia.

Since April 1, 572 fires have burned nearly 100,000 acres of land, causing a state of emergency of in the province.

Most of the evacuations have occurred in the Williams Lake area, where 10,000 people have been forced from their homes.

Another 1,500 of the evacuees are from the town of 100 Mile Housein, who were forced to flee in the middle of the night, on Sunday.

Gusty winds, high temperatures, and dry conditions have only exacerbated the issue.

Firefighters from Alberta, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Saskatchewan have come to the aid of their brothers in Britsh Columbia.

Evacuations Lifted For Colorado’s Peak 2 Fire

Evacuations around Colorado’s Peak 2 Fire have been lifted.

The fire was spotted on Wednesday morning, just outside of Breckenridge.

This led to the evacuations of the Peak 7 neighborhood, on Wednesday afternoon.

On Friday night, residents were allowed back in, as the fire had not grown beyond its 85 acres and containment had reached 25%.

The Peak 7 neighborhood is currently listed as being on pre-evacuation notice, meaning residents may have to leave again and should stay alert.

Both the Farmer’s Korner and Gold Hill neighborhoods remain on a pre-evacuation notice.

More than 360 firefighters and two helicopters are working to finish off the blaze.

Peak 2 Fire Forces Evacuations in Breckenridge, Colorado

The Peak 2 Fire has forced evacuations in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Authorities became aware of the fire on Wednesday morning.

It is currently listed as being 82 acres in size with no containment.

So far, nearly 100 personnel and 2 helicopters are involved in battling the blaze.

463 homes in the Peak 7 neighborhood were issued mandatory evacuations, on Wednesday afternoon, due to the proximity of the fire.

Both the Farmer’s Korner and Gold Hill neighborhoods are on pre-evacuation alerts.

Arizona’s Frye Fire Crosses 46,000 Acre Mark

Arizona’s Frye Fire has crossed the 46,000-acre mark.

The fire has been burning for nearly a month, since being started by lightning.

This morning’s listings put it at 45% contained.

More than 600 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is the largest of Arizona’s fires.

There are currently 21 burning in the state, 9 of which are at more than 10,000 acres.

9 Firefighters Injured Near Pedrogao Grande, Portugal

Nine firefighters were injured near Pedrogao Grande, Portugal.

It happened on Monday, while they were fighting the latest fire to threaten the area.

Two of the firefighters are in serious condition after they and six others were burned and suffered smoke inhalation.

The ninth firefighter suffered a leg injury in a separate incident.

More than 400 firefighters and eight aircraft are battling two blazes in the Tomar region.

They are burning not far from where 64 people were killed by another fire, on June 17.

Brian Head Fire Continues to Grow As Containment Increases

The Brian Head Fire continues to grow as containment increases.

Since beginning on June 17, the fire has burned more than 65,000 acres, 13 homes, and 8 other buildings.

On Friday, some of the evacuees were able to return home for the first time the since the fire had started.

Containment is now up to 65%, however, winds are increasing through Sunday, with 10-15 mph sustained and 25 mph gusts.

Those winds could help the fire spread more rapidly, making things more difficult for the more than 1,800 firefighters who are battling the blaze.