There's no doubt we've already seen the effects that climate change has had on the country — deadly heatwaves lasting the entire summer, bitter cold during the winter, and many more evironmental changes. The perennial, dangerous forest fires that we've seen immobilize almost entire provinces over the last few years don't seem to be relenting anytime soon.
As if it couldn't get any worse, scientists are now warning that fire-caused thunderstorms are another result of extensive flames, and are expected to make a major appearance in the near future.
TL;DR Scientists have confirmed that due to climate change, intense "fire-triggered" thunderstorms are becoming more frequent in parts of the country where dangerous wildfires are common. These thunderstorms have the strength of a "moderately-sized volcano eruption" and can produce tornado-strength winds. More details below.
The director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science at the Univeristy of Alberta says the fires expected to hit parts of the country will bring plumes of smoke with black carbon, according to The Weather Network.
These conditions may produce toxic smoke thunderstorms, called pyrocumulonimbus clouds, in affected areas. It just so happens that these insanely dangerous fires are becoming more frequent in Canada.
The fire-triggered thunderstorms don't bring any rain to fire-ridden areas, but instead lead to worsened situations by adding intense lightening to a wildfire, as well as forming fire whirls that have the potential to produce tornado-strength winds.
Yes, you heard right. Fire smoke tornadoes are a possibility for future wildfires in Canada. As if it wasn't already frightening enough, these storms are said to contain as much energy and impact as a "moderately-sized volcano eruption," says The Weather Network.
Researchers say that recently they've been clocking in an average of 25 of these thunderstorms a year in North America.
These storms have significant impact on climate change across the globe. With conditions steadily worsening, scientists fear the future of wildfires in Canada.
Stay tuned for more information.