xoxoxoBruce Sunday Aug 15 11:49 PM
Aug 16, 2010: Russia Burns
The news has been full of reports about the massive forest fires sweeping Russia. There have been pictures of the smoke in Moscow, satellite views, even Putin flying a fire plane, but the Livejournal pictures are more up close and personal.
SPUCK Monday Aug 16 05:47 AM
Oh GAWD! The aliens are coming out of hiding and stealing brains!
SPUCK Monday Aug 16 06:06 AM
On a different note I find it hard to imagine a lettuce field burning. How? Lots of dirt and green wet plants why would it ever burn? Must be really crazy hot.
Trilby Monday Aug 16 06:18 AM
On the up side - your cabbage streudel makes itself!
Electrophile Monday Aug 16 06:32 AM
My co-worker is from Moscow. Because its so far north, the average August temperature is 68. This August the high's have been around 95-100. No one is prepared. All of the stores are sold out of fans, which had been selling for $200+ each. She was able to buy a pair of fans online for her parents, and while they were being delivered the delivery guy was offered over $400 each for the fans.
Trilby Monday Aug 16 07:04 AM
Gravdigr Monday Aug 16 07:58 AM
Looks like Zombie-cabbage!! Run! RUN NOW!!!!
Undertoad Monday Aug 16 08:10 AM
spudcon Monday Aug 16 08:24 AM
I think a lot of the photos on the link were from south central L.A.
Shawnee123 Monday Aug 16 08:25 AM
Where will we get Cabbage Patch Kids now?
Bullitt Monday Aug 16 09:54 PM
These fires can get so big that they create their own weather systems, some with devastating effects:
spudcon Monday Aug 16 10:39 PM
If there's so much CO2 in the air, why doesn't it put the fire out?
Bullitt Monday Aug 16 11:27 PM
Fire sucks in fresh air from near the ground, then the heat blasts unburnt fuels and byproduct gases way up into the sky forming those giant plumes of smoke. The CO2 never gets a chance to displace the oxygen feeding the fire because it is carried up so quickly, and is actually released from the fuel source above where combustion is actually occurring.
spudcon Tuesday Aug 17 08:00 AM
So I guess fire really sucks.
squirell nutkin Tuesday Aug 17 09:45 AM
I read that during the firebombing of Dresden bricks melted from the heat. That is a hot fire. What Bullitt said about air being sucked into the fire, winds of over 70mph were created by the vacuum created by the firestorms in Dresden.
spudcon Tuesday Aug 17 09:58 AM
Russia Burns. Oh, sorry, wrong Burns.
spudcon Tuesday Aug 17 08:34 PM
lookout123 Tuesday Aug 17 08:46 PM
Bullitt Tuesday Aug 17 10:03 PM
SPUCK Wednesday Aug 18 06:13 AM
Griff Wednesday Aug 18 08:57 AM
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Aug 26 09:06 AM
The rising superheated air will even form a mini-tornado.
Adak Thursday Aug 26 06:32 PM
The film and eyewitness accounts of these (from the documentary "World At War"), is compelling.
There is no film of it, but the Japanese faced this, much worse*, in the course of the fire bombing in Tokyo. Dresden X 10, perhaps. Massive fatalities. The gov't of Japan did not decide to surrender, however.
*we had more bombers, more incendiary bombs, and almost complete air superiority. The Japanese barbarity** had enraged the USA, like you wouldn't believe, by that time. Pity for the Japanese civilians at that time, was at an all-time low.
** the sport for Japanese officers during the Bataan March, was to see if they could decapitate with one stroke of their uniform sword, a POW, as they marched next to the officer's vehicle.