Rainfall in western states slows wildfire season in many areas

Rainfall last 2 weeks washington oregon
Rainfall last 2 weeks, Washington and Oregon

Rainfall over the last two weeks has slowed or in some cases, ended the wildfire season in some areas.

On October 19 we ran the numbers for the accumulated precipitation for the last 14 days in the western states. These maps show amounts that exceeded 0.05 inches at some of the Interagency Remote Automatic Weather Stations (RAWS).

Washington, Oregon, and northern California have received a good soaking and I would imagine that local fire officials may be declaring an end to the fire season. Of course this is not unusual for these areas this time of the year, and some locations had already seen their season end. But what IS unusual, is the high amount of moisture that occurred in just two weeks.

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Rainfall last 2 weeks, northern California
Rainfall last 2 weeks, northern California
Rainfall last 2 weeks central California
Rainfall last 2 weeks, central California

Continue to see maps for the other western states.

Rainfall last 2 weeks southern California
Rainfall last 2 weeks, southern California
Rainfall last 2 weeks Nevada
Rainfall last 2 weeks, Nevada
Rainfall last 2 weeks Montana
Rainfall last 2 weeks, Montana
Rainfall last 2 weeks Idaho Wyoming
Rainfall last 2 weeks, Idaho & Wyoming
Rainfall last 2 weeks Utah Colorado
Rainfall last 2 weeks, Utah & Colorado
Rainfall last 2 weeks Arizona New Mexico
Rainfall last 2 weeks Arizona & New Mexico
Rainfall last 2 weeks South Dakota North Dakota
Rainfall last 2 weeks South Dakota & North Dakota

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+

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