A Re-evaluation Of Fire Weather in the Southeastern U.S.
David Stang, OU School of Meteorology, Norman, OK
Elizabeth Leitman, NOAA/SPC
Matt Mosier, NOAA/SPC
Nicholas Nauslar, CIMMS/SPC
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Abstract
Applying traditional fire weather forecasting techniques to the southeastern United States has proven to be problematic, mostly because the ingredients necessary for elevated to critical fire weather in this region seem to differ significantly from ingredients found in a more traditional fire weather region, namely west Texas, west Oklahoma, Arizona, California, New Mexico, etc. As such, an extensive analysis was conducted in an attempt to ascertain what constitutes a favorable environment for wildfires in the southeast United States, in an effort to improve forecasts for this region. Findings suggest that parameters such as relative humidity, Fosberg indices, and wind speed do not contribute to critical fire weather conditions in the southeast as much as other parameters do, such as fuel parameters.