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Wildfire burn scars can intensify and even trigger thunderstorms, leading to catastrophic flooding – here's how

By William R. Cotton, Professor Emeritus of Meteorology, Colorado State University
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Wildfires burn millions of acres of land every year, leaving changed landscapes that are prone to flooding. Less well known is that these already vulnerable regions can also intensify and in some cases initiate thunderstorms.

Wildfire burn scars are often left with little vegetation and with a darker soil surface that tends to repel rather than absorb water. These changes in vegetation and soil properties leave the land more susceptible…


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