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How Much Does Weather Really Affect Fire Season?

 
How Much Does Weather Really Affect Fire Season?
Posted Tuesday, July 8th 2014 @ 1pm  by KFBK News - Tim Lantz

As the wildfire season continues to heat up in Northern California, Cal Fire is trying to predict the weather far down the road.

There's hope a developing El Nino pattern building in the Pacific could lead to a wetter fall and winter.  

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters are saying that, and Daniel Berlant with Cal Fire says, their scientists are seeing the same signs.

"And we are watching closely to see if an El Nino event pattern will build up and what that could mean for an early rainy season," Berlant said. 

Right now, there's not enough data for most meteorologists to say with certainty that Northern California will get soaked if the El Nino takes hold, but the possibility has obvious implications for the fire season and Cal Fire's ability to do its job.

 

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