Saturday, May 19, 2007

Fire Watch issued by NWS Huntsville

NWS issues fire watch for northern Alabama Florence Times Daily
North Alabama is under a fire watch today because low humidity and high winds are creating prime conditions for wildfires.The National Weather Service issued the watch to discourage residents from burning anything outdoors."People should not even burn unless they have to. Even then, we suggest they don't burn," said Kurt Weber a meteorologist at the Weather Service's Huntsville office.


Drought leads state forester to place Alabama under fire alert Florence Times Daily
As a drought continues to tighten its grip on Alabama, the state forester has placed all 67 counties under a fire alert.During the alert, which began Friday, the Alabama Forestry Commission will restrict the number of permits it issues for outdoor burning.


HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK...UPDATED FOR FIRE WEATHER NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 222 PM CDT SAT MAY 19 2007
...EXTREME DROUGHT PERSISTS......LIGHT MID WEEK RAINFALL NOT ENOUGH TO PUT A DENT IN RAINFALLDEFICITS......SYNOPSIS...ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...THE ENTIRE CENTRAL TENNESSEE VALLEY IS IN THE EXTREME DROUGHT CATEGORY. THIS IS THE SECOND WORSTOF THE FIVE-LEVEL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM USED BY THE U.S. DROUGHTMONITOR...AND INDICATIVE OF AT LEAST A ONCE-IN-TWENTY YEAR DROUGHT....
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