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Summer fire season predictions fizzled from low pressure/rain here

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“Low pressure, more rain prevented an intense fire season and is providing a mild summer”

“Early forecasts for this summer predicted warmer-than-normal weather and a dangerously dry wildfire season. But those predictions didn’t pan out — much to the relief of many.

A stark change from the last two years has been the lack of intense wildfires in Western Washington. Multiple organizations predicted an intense wildfire season, including the National Interagency Fire Center, which forecasted above-normal wildland fire potential from May to August. The Department of Natural Resources was gearing up for a heavy fire season as well.

“DNR meteorologist Josh Clark recalled that drought concerns as well as a below-average snow pack and forecasts of high temperatures put experts on high alert for possible wildfires this summer. However, Clark said breaks in high-pressure conditions, with more precipitation than expected, made for a less intense fire season,” by Helen Smith, The Olympian.

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Posted by Steve on September 3, 2019 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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