Scientists fear climate change will drive a surge in the number of supersized and dangerous bushfires that become coupled with the atmosphere and create their own violent thunderstorms.
Guardian Australia can reveal 2019 is likely to be a “standout year” for the number of bushfires that generate giant thunderstorm clouds known as pyrocumulonimbus, or pyroCBs.
PyroCB storms are feared by firefighters for the violent and unpredictable conditions they create on the ground.
PyroCBs are able to generate their own lightning strikes, mass downdrafts of air, gusty winds and even hail blackened with soot. The plumes generated from pyroCBs can influence the atmosphere at heights of up to 15km.
The police have just been, advising us to leave. A bit scary confirming to them that we're staying.
We had one of those storms form yesterday afternoon, some thunder and a few sooty raindrops and it was gone. It's kind of cruel because it really feels like its going to really rain heavily and put the fire out.Nothing can contain this:
Pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCB) storms are feared due to the violent and unpredictable conditions they create on the groundwww.theguardian.com