Expanding Drought Conditions Increase Fire Risks
StormGeo forecasts expanded drought conditions and hotter than normal weather that signal increasingly elevated fire risk from into the summer season.
Key Takeaways from the U.S. Fire Season Outlook
- A very dry weather pattern continues to expand across a large part of the Rockies into parts of the Great Plains.
- Increasing soil moisture over the Northern Rockies may decrease the risk of large-scale fires in the area for the upcoming summer.
- Exceptional drought levels across large parts of New Mexico to Central Texas and from California to Oregon to Utah may cause larger-scale fires as we enter the summer season.
- Our 90-day (June-August) and seasonal outlooks (September-November) favor hotter than normal weather over most of the Lower 48 and the Rockies and Plains, averaging from 2 to 4F above normal with an elevated fire risk into the summer season.
StormGeo’s forecast summarizes current soil moisture and drought intensity maps centered over the U.S. Rockies and Plains, followed by our extended temperature and precipitation maps.