Wildfires were out of control in parts of southern Georgia Thursday. Some locations had extensive acreage burned due to low humidity and winds fanning the flames.
This weekend, there will be two areas to watch for wildfires: southern Georgia into northern Florida, and the region from western Texas into eastern New Mexico.
The risk for Georgia and northern Florida will only last through Saturday. Higher humidity and the chance of showers will develop Sunday, diminishing the risk of wildfires. This good news will continue next week as a series of storms should bring the opportunity for rain across that area.
Areas from western Texas to New Mexico are another story. Long-term dry weather will prolong the risk of wildfires this weekend right through next week.
The AccuWeather.com Spring 2011 Forecast calls for a worsening drought in parts of the Southwest and southern Plains, as well as warm, dry conditions in the Southeast.
What will aggravate the fire danger will be winds associated with any storms passing through Colorado. We have seen several times now that winds associated with these storms kick up fires and sometimes even spread them into populated areas.
Paul Pastelok, expert senior meteorologist and leader of the AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team, continues to warn that little relief from the dry weather is expected throughout the spring from western Texas into New Mexico. The drier-than-normal conditions this season will cause the severe drought affecting the area to worsen and spread.
National Weather Service Fire Danger Forecast for Friday, March 25, 2011
It has rained every day so far this month, except Dec. 1 around Atlanta. That trend will continue through Tuesday.
More waves of Arctic air are in the offing for Detroit this week.
After ending the weekend on a slick note, more cold air will dominate weather headlines this week.
Philadelphia International Airport received more snow (8.6 inches) from a single storm this past Sunday than it did all of last winter, when 8.3 inches fell.
After a day of heavy snow across the mid-Atlantic, ice and rain are adding to power outages, flight delays and hazardous road conditions.
While many may dream of a white Christmas, the reality of one may not be favorable, depending on one's geographical location during the holidays.
Second great snow in 5 days: Morristown 21"; New Haven 17"; "four feet on level" in eastern Mass. - another high tide.
Mill city, OR (1987)
Three people were killed and two injured when a moving vehicle was smashed by a falling tree during high winds and heavy rain.
Sheridan, NY (1908)
Temperature dropped to -41 degrees F., all time low.