Pete Spotts

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Wildfire wildcard: How weather can help trigger an explosive fire

This week’s loss of 19 elite firefighters battling Arizona’s Yarnell Hill wildfire raises questions about how scorching temperatures and low humidity may contribute to explosive fires and unanticipated safety hazards. Here’s what researchers have learned.

Hurricane Sandy is already setting records

Hurricane Sandy already has surpassed hurricane Lili in 1996 as the second largest Atlantic storm in 24 years of storm-size recordkeeping. The size of the storm and its path are intensifying deep concerns about coastal flooding from storm surge.