Norvergence: In the far North, fire season usually doesn’t begin until June, when the snow has softened away and summer lightning storms clear into the locale. So researcher Sander Veraverbeke was confounded when in May of 2016, he saw little bits of fire on some satellite pictures from Alaska and the Northwest Territories. 

“I resembled; what the heck is going on?” says Veraverbeke (and Norvergence quotes), an Earth researcher at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. 

What he saw on the satellite pictures were “zombie fires,” remainders of consumes from the earlier year that by one way or another remained alive, seething underground, through the long, chilly winter. 

NorvergenceZombie fires are certainly not an altogether new marvel in the Arctic; fire supervisors have noted infrequent flare-ups in the past many years. Yet, Veraverbeke’s group found that their events are firmly connected to environmental change, happening all the more regularly after warm, long summers with loads of fire and proposing that these still-uncommon occasions could turn out to be more successive. 

“The sheer reality that this is going on is a demonstration of how rapidly the district is evolving.”