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California is in the middle of its longest stretch of extreme fire conditions in history. It's December. This is the peak of the rainy season. This shouldn't be happening.

An ominous weekend forecast:

There's now a @gofundme page for the family of 32-year-old Cory Iverson, the California firefighter that died yesterday fighting the #ThomasFire.
His wife, Ashley, is pregnant and they have a two-year-old girl, too.
Since mid-September, parts of Northern California have received just 1/4th of the normal amount of rainfall — more than 10 inches less than normal in some places.
Because it's 2017, that means the Bay Area is on alert for possible wildfires tomorrow. In December.
An excellent article on the climate implications of bitcoin mining by @jetjocko in @wired. Best I've seen so far.
Puerto Rico, Day 86:
—Millions of people still w/o power
—Hundreds of thousands still w/o clean water
—Still a humanitarian emergency
Now, the @USACEHQ says it will be ~175 more days until power is fully restored. Unfathomable.
Latest on California's massive #ThomasFire:
–249,500 acres
–4th largest fire in CA history
–record high temperatures in the 80s, 10-15°F above normal for December
–record-setting dry vegetation
–no rain in the forecast until at least Dec 31st
Extreme fire behavior today at the #ThomasFire — one firefighter has been killed in the line of duty.

Folks, this is as real as it gets. The weather forecast continues to be dire, with strong winds and no rain in sight for at least 16 more days.

It's been more than 250 days since it rained in Southern California.

The combination of extremely dry conditions, warm temps, strong winds, and lack of rain has produced an unprecedented potential for rapid fire growth in the middle of the rainy season.
The #ThomasFire "has the potential to become the largest fire in California history."

The weather forecast for the next few days is looking especially dire:
Total(1) => 0.093743085861206 f_f_QM(2) => 0.075991153717041 indS(2) => 0.058336019515991 indM(2) => 0.015316009521484 indM_1(2) => 0.0044598579406738 indM_2(2) => 0.00072622299194336 indM_4(2) => 0.002249002456665 indM_5(2) => 0.0035860538482666 indM_6(2) => 0.0012879371643066 indM_7(2) => 0.0011870861053467 indM_8(2) => 0.00087213516235352 f_f_pTL(2) => 0.014693737030029 f_f_dT(20) => 0.014127254486084