Friday, April 4, 2008

Maps..... Maps showing fire danger

I like maps. Studying a map can be almost like traveling, but without the canceled flights, lost luggage, or travelers diarrhea.

Maps that show wildland fire danger, fire potential, or fire weather are especially interesting. Here, for example, is one that shows the fire weather outlook for the Southwest Area (AZ, NM, and western TX). Click on it to see a larger version.

The map above is theoretically the map for today, but it has not been updated since November. I assume that very soon the Southwest Area Coordination Center will begin to update it daily.

(Update: April 13, 2008; the coordination center modified the above file. It should automatically display the most current version of the map. They say that in May they will have recurring updates.)

HERE is a link to a daily map that shows the fire danger for the whole country.

And HERE is a link to a page of links of various fire potential outlooks, with many of them being maps.

Below, is a map showing the wildland fire potential for the month of April. Click on it to see a larger version. This map, as well as other maps and forecasted data for the next 3 months, can be found in their report which is updated at the beginning of every month, HERE.


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