EARTH Magazine: Fire-driven Clouds and Swirling Winds Whipped Up Record-Setting New Mexico Blaze

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From EARTH Magazine, 04/13/2015  --  The massive 2011 Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos, N.M., defied conventional fire science wisdom by racing downhill instead of uphill, and increasing intensity overnight. Now, EARTH Magazine brings you recent scientific analysis of the fire from a research team at Los Alamos National Lab.

A team led by atmospheric scientist Young-Joon Kim determined that two unique atmospheric effects - mountain waves and pyro-cumulus clouds - interacted in an explosive way to fan the flames over New Mexico. Read more about the new research and how it compares to traditional fire models in EARTH Magazine:

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