continues to affect spring weather across the country; drought areas grow
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A trio of related factors will combine to keep the fire danger above average in the Southeast and south-central portions of the country during the spring, according to the forecast from the National Interagency Fire Center.
La Niña conditions that bring warmer and dry conditions to the southern tier of states and in the southern and central Great Plains will increase significant fire potential, while persistent drought across parts of the southern and central U.S. and the mid-Atlantic seaboard will also up the potential for wildfires.
The fire center also says that fuels have been unusually dry across the southern tier of states, expanding areas of “above normal” significant fire potential westward across across southern New Mexico and into southeast Arizona and northward into the Colorado Front Range central plains. Increasing fuel dryness is also expected to expand northward from Florida to the southern and mid-Atlantic seaboard. A warmer-than average February prevailed across parts of the intermountain west and the mid-Atlantic states. Near normal or colder than typical temperatures were observed elsewhere. (more…)
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