Precipitation slows fire season in the Northwest

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Precipitation in the northwest one-quarter of the United States received over the last 72 hours will slow if not end the wildland fire season in some areas. The map shows precipitation detected by weather radar, which means there are gaps in areas with poor radar coverage.

According to the data, many areas received more than half an inch which will definitely have an effect lasting more than a few days.

You might notice that the rainfall in southeast Texas is completely off the chart, showing more than 15 inches. As this is written Thursday afternoon the Houston area is in the middle of the fifth 500+ year rainstorm in the last five years.

What has the weather been like in your area over the last week?

The maps below show the precipitation and  temperature outlooks for September 25 through 29.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Precipitation slows fire season in the Northwest”

  1. I’m an hour N of San Francisco, been inspecting PG&E lines for tree clearance for over a year since their enhanced vegetation management program started.

    The little bit of rain was *most* welcome.

    Noticed the wet ground Monday morning and thought it a novelty. Woke to the sound of real rain on my roof Wednesday and it was delightful. Not enough to end fire season but highly unusual and a welcome relief for a few days.

    I always enjoy your posts.

  2. Very dry in central Georgia with KBDI’s above 700 and no real rain in sight. Some are saying it’s starting to look like 2016 did in the southeast.

    1. I’m definitely seeing the similarities of 2016 here in wnc, kbdi is mid 600s and climbing. 1000 hrs are dropping and ERC’s are trending up. We’ll see how it looks once we get leaf fall, but barring a good rain event, it could be a busy fall again.


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