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Head in the Clouds

Dr Jo Elworthy is Director of Interpretation at the Eden Project. Jo has worked at Eden since its inception and is dedicated to sharing the amazing workings of our planet Earth with Eden’s visitors: ‘Visiting the rainforest and experiencing weather and finding out about the relationship between rainforests and climate first hand can help transform our understanding of our world and how we interact with it.’ Here, Jo takes us on a journey to ‘The Weather Maker’ in the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project.

Deadly forest fires in Portugal

Sixty-two people have died and more than 54 injured in one of Portugal’s deadliest forest fires. Many of those who lost their life were trapped in cars as they tried to flee the central forested region of Pedrógão Grande, and it is feared the death toll may rise further.

It is thought that the blaze, which is raging in several parts of a mountainous area 200km northeast of Lisbon, may have been sparked by a lightning strike hitting a tree during a rainless thunderstorm on the night of 17th-18th June 2017, following an intense heatwave which saw temperatures exceeding 40degC.

Air

The mixture of gasses that make up the Earth’s atmosphere. Excluding water vapour and dust, the main components of air are nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, neon, helium, krypton, hydrogen, xenon and ozone.

Advection fog

A type of fog formed when warm, moist, stable air moves over a far cooler surface. It is most commonly found over cool sea areas in spring and summer, but does occasionally form over land in the winter, especially when the ground is frozen or covered by snow.