A fire season that started early this year may get much worse over the next five to six months.
A winter that started off wet in November and December 2012 turned into the driest winter on record in more than 130 years for parts of Southern California. Since Jan. 1, 2013, only a small percentage of the normal rainfall occurred as the storm track remained far to the north and east.
Added to the very dry weather, there have been several unusual hot spells that quickly dried out the vegetation this spring. By the middle of April, the vegetation was as dry as it normally is in late June. Now, the brush is as dry as it would typically be in August. There have been 1,569 wildfires in California so far this year. That is 85 percent more than average.
With the long, hot, mostly rain-free weather expected into the fall, fire officials have great concerns about the long fire season ahead. Fire departments are urging homeowners to make sure they have the prescribed 100-foot zone around their homes. Officials also are urging the public to be be very careful with outdoor flames, not to leave campfires unattended, to extinguish cigarettes completely and avoid parking cars on dry grass.
Snow will swing across parts of the central and northern Plains to the Upper Midwest as November ends and December begins.
As millions head home from their Thanksgiving ventures the weather may cause trouble on the roads and at the airports from the southern Appalachians to the central Rockies on Sunday.
The reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
The first widespread ice storm of the season will slowly diminish over parts of the southern and central Plains, but areas of slippery travel will continue into Sunday morning.
An active storm track across northern Europe will bring more wind and rain across Germany into the new week.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential for significant flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Lake Superior (1960)
A severe lake storm along the north shore of Lake Superior: waves 20-40 feet high, wind gust to 73 mph. Floods and waves caused structural damage.
Goodland, KS (1983)
19 inches of snow on the ground with drifts of up to 8 feet.
Sixty cities tied or established new record high temperatures for the date.