Late Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017, two wildfires of unknown origin broke out in the Golden Gate Estates area of east Naples, FL. Although fire fighters jumped into action quickly, dry and windy conditions allowed the fire to spread. By this morning, the combined blazes had grown to about 2,500 acres … To read the full story, click here - http://www.weatherworks.com/lifelong-learning-blog/?p=1291
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Discovered on Mar. 30, a relatively small brush fire in South Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve (eastern Collier County) grew slowly during the following week. By Apr. 8, the Cow Bell fire (so named, because it is near the Cow Bell Strand within the Big Cypress National Park – Fig. 1) had consumed roughly 600 acres. On Sun., Apr. 9, thanks to an increase in easterly winds (and continued dry weather), the blaze exploded. By late Sunday, the blaze had consumed more than 8,000 acres… To read the full story, click here - http://www.weatherworks.com/lifelong-learning-blog/?p=1283
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Australia Fire Weather Situation ! (credit: NWS Rural Fire Weather Service via Higgins Storm Chasing)
DISCUSSION: As a particularly strong high pressure system continues to dominate across many parts of central and eastern Australia, very serious fire weather conditions will remain in the place at least for the duration of this weekend. More specifically, this strong high pressure system is facilitating widespread hot and dry conditions across a large span of Australia. As a result of this hot and dry weather pattern in control across eastern and central parts of Australia, there is a legitimate threat for small campsite fires or light compost burning to ignite much larger fires even from the embers of localized fires landing on very dry grasses and so forth. Therefore, if you are living across central and/or eastern Australia, be sure to maintain a strong awareness of your surroundings and avoid use matches unnecessarily or burning anything outside of your home since it will have the potential to lead to much more serious and widespread fire weather issues. It is worth noting that despite the seriousness of this fire weather threat, there are some signs of breaks in the persistent high pressure system which will allow for some breaks in these hazardous hot and dry conditions!
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©2017 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz
Devastating WildFires Continue To Impact Parts of Tennessee! (credit: Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz)
DISCUSSION: As of the last 24 to 48 hours, there have been a very destructive series of wildfires which have plagued many parts of the state of Tennessee. As captured in both the picture and video attached above, this has created a scary scene which truly looks like it came out of a horror movie. However, it is as real as it gets and unfortunately there have already been 7 confirmed casualties as a result of this large destructive wildfire across central/eastern Tennessee. This persistent wildfire has also already destroyed up to or possibly over 700 structures (i.e., which includes homes and businesses). This event has persisted for so long due to strong winds which were persistent during the morning and afternoon hours yesterday out ahead of the arrival of the cold front tied to the parent low pressure system previously centered over parts of the North-Central United States and is slowly beginning to push off to the east with time. It is worth noting that this parent low pressure system will continue slowing moving off to the east over the next 24 to 48 hours which will prevent the affected parts of Tennessee from receiving any additional rainfall to help further alleviate the destructive nature of this wildfire event. If you or someone you know lives in these parts of Tennessee or nearby surrounding areas, be sure to contact them and make sure they are safe and be sure that they stay with friends or family in safe locations far enough away from this dangerous situation.
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~Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz
Santa Ana winds and Warm Temperatures Increase Fire Risk in southern California! (Credit: NWS Los Angeles)
Red Flag warnings are in effect for southern California, as fire conditions are expected to reach critical levels by Wednesday into Thursday evening. A combination of Santa Ana winds, high temperatures in the mid 90s, and low humidity in the (teens and single digits) will bring critical conditions to parts of Santa Barbara as well as a good portion of both Ventura and Los Angeles county.
Santa Ana winds are most often characterized as being hot/dry winds which blow in from the desert towards the coast. These winds tend to occur during the following time frame (between September to May) when the desert is cooler than the Los Angeles basin. For more facts about Santa Ana winds click here!
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Fire Warnings in the Northwest US and A Great View of Smoke Rising Out of Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park! (credit: NWS Seattle, WA via Olympic National Park and NWS Spokane, WA)
DISCUSSION: Smoke from wildfires in Washington can be seen in this time lapse taken at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. Conditions in the region remain favorable for existing fires to spread and for new fires to start. Record high temperatures; abnormally dry ground and gusty wind conditions are in place throughout the weekend, which increases the risk for any development. With such conditions in place, Red Flag Warnings persist over much of the region. Along with the Red Flag Warning there is also a fire weather watch issued for Spokane and Southern Washington along with parts of Idaho this weekend. To learn more about fire weather events and fire weather education click here!