Colorado Wildfires Responsible For Colorado Heat Wave?

We’ve been having a heat wave in Colorado. In Denver, we’ve been in the upper nineties for a bit now, sometimes even over a hundred. That is not normal for Denver, especially this early in the summer (even more especially when it was still spring). We’ve also been having problems with wildfires. Coincidence?

Not to belittle the wildfires, because people have been suffering from those (I believe some have died), but it just got me thinking. We’ve had all sorts of wildfires going for a while now (I live in Denver so I’m not too acquainted with all where the fires are or how long they’ve been going, since they aren’t going in Denver). Fires are hot. Is there a link to the heat wave?

It makes a certain kind of sense. Fires all over the state lead to higher temperatures. Problems with wildfires lead to heat wave problems.

Well, I think it makes sense. These two things probably have nothing to do with each other (though the heat wave certainly is making it harder to put out the wildfires). It’s probably just my lack of meteorological knowledge that makes it seem to make sense (for those that remember the old Calvin and Hobbes bit, my theological knowledge is appalling as well).  Either way, I just wanted to throw it out there.

Plus, it’s hot so it’s hard to think straight.

 

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2 Responses to Colorado Wildfires Responsible For Colorado Heat Wave?

  1. Marsha says:

    You were certainly not far off on thinking that the heat wave and the fires are related. I’ve heard the heat boosts the amount of pine bark beetles that are attacking our trees. The unseasonable warmth in the mountains also allows them to a longer life, which, in turn, kills more trees. Since there are so many more dead trees, there is more of a chance for fire. Crazy! No matter what the cause, it is clear we are in for a hot summer! I’m just thankful that I have air conditioning in my office at Dish and at home. I don’t plan to spend much time outside! In fact, I’ve already started prepping for an indoor life by stacking up recordings on my DVR since there are so many new shows coming out this summer. I have the Hopper DVR box that comes equip with tons of recording space so I should be all set to kick back in the AC all summer long. Have you checked out The Newsroom on HBO? It’s pretty good so far! Well good luck with the heat! Hope you find your own way to stay cool!

    • Didn’t know that about the beetles. I haven’t seen the Newsroom yet. I don’t really get much of a chance to watch tv (or pick the shows when I do get to watch as that is usually up to my wife). I’m staying inside, though. Mostly reading.

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