Dry conditions in the West and South

Snowpack_1-2-2012

As you can see from the snowpack and drought maps, much of the west and south are very dry. If these conditions linger throughout the winter, it could be an interesting fire season in many areas. The snowpack map helps explain the two recent large fires in northwest Montana 30 miles south of the Canadian border (map).

Snowpack_1-2-2012

Drought_monitor_1-3-2012

You can compare these maps to the National Wildland Significant Fire Potential Outlook for January through April, 2012 which we summarized on January 4.

Below are the long-range precipitation outlooks for the next six months, prepared December 15, 2011:

 

Precipitation outlook January through March 2012
Precipitation outlook January through March 2012, prepared December 15, 2010.
Precipitation outlook April through June 2012
Precipitation outlook April through June 2012, prepared December 15, 2010

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

2 thoughts on “Dry conditions in the West and South”

  1. Bill–Check-out the new PSA on CAL FIRE TV concerning the drier than normal winter season. IA activity continues everyday statewide.

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