A closer look at “fire weather”

From time to time in this blog, we discuss a little bit about weather events outside our bubble that are of popular interest and concern, such as the devastating wildfires wreaking havoc on regions in and around Colorado Springs, CO. In a CNN article posted just a few hours ago, weather is referred to as “an enemy” with regards to maintaing the growing fires. So far, 35,000 residents have fled their homes in anticipation for worsening conditions.

Fire weather can consist of any of the following: extreme heat, high winds, thunderstorms and/or very dry conditions. Currently, the weather in Colorado will feature all of the above as highs over the next several days will stay in the 90s with a chance of thunderstorms. Tonight will be an especially frustrating night for firefighters as winds could gust as high as 30 mph. To read more about the fires, please click here.

Remember to keep those suffering from these devastating fires in your thoughts and prayers. The best thing they could have right now is some rain, although for the next seven days it looks pretty dry.

In this part of  the western U.S., our weather will be quite run-of-the-mill. Tomorrow will be the start of an unfortunate downhill trend for cloudier, cooler and wetter weather through at least the first half of the weekend. Next week looks to start off beautifully with highs stretching into the low and mid 70s under mostly sunny skies (maybe even mid and upper 70s Tuesday).

I won’t ruin the forecast by telling you what happens after that 😉 For now, enjoy the weather we have right now!

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap


4 thoughts on “A closer look at “fire weather”

  1. Over the past decade the fire service has born witness to the reality of a changing climate that burns our forests, lands, and homes in an unprecedented manner. It is regrettable that it is not on the national agenda, regrettable we cannot work with the international community. But most regrettable, we never will.

  2. Love this, Please keep me up to date on the weather and what you are up to when every you want. Take care. A fan from your “kugerdays”

  3. This is great news for the 4th! Im sure we have all heard the saying ‘our summer here don’t start until the 5th of July’

  4. These fires in size, frequency, and severity are unprecedented. Fire conditions are like earthquake weather. You can just feel it. Hot dry air and low humidity prepare the fuel, drying the moisture out of plant cells. An otherwise benign ignition occurs, lightning, man made, regrettably even arson. The fire quickly grows out of control. The urban interface which has grown becomes threatened early. The combustion process becomes so intense that fire storms and hot embers jump fire lines. Fire burn up hillsides as if fueled by flammable liquids. Smoke chokes and blinds the firefighters who with shovel will not surrender.

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