Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Weekly Report for the Second Week of March, 2009

Dry Season Wildfire Threat Briefing by the Florida Division of Forestry

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Flash Report Feb 24, 2009

Ben's updated on the Wildfire threat in Florida

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

US Seasonal Drought Outlook

PDF Version of Seasonal Drought Outlook Graphic

Latest Seasonal Assessment - Heavy rain and snow during mid-February raised river levels and boosted snow pack in drought-affected areas of California, but major reservoirs remained well below normal. The seasonal drought outlook indicates improving conditions for northern and central parts of the state due to expected above-normal rain and snow into early March. However, it is highly unlikely that water shortages will end before the dry season sets in, given the long-term deficits that have accumulated over nearly three years. Much more precipitation is needed to get the critical snow water content levels up to normal by April, when snow pack typically peaks. Water storage in mid-February ranged from 44 to 83 percent of normal in the largest reservoirs, suggesting that California has a long way to go to see relief from its hydrologic drought. In the southern Plains, moderate to exceptional drought is forecast to continue in Texas and parts of Oklahoma due to forecast below-normal rainfall during March through May. The same dry forecasts also lead to the continued outlook for drought development in southwestern Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Below-normal rainfall expected for March-May also results in a forecast for drought to persist or expand across the Florida Peninsula and into southeastern Georgia and southern South Carolina. Drought affecting parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and North Carolina should also continue. The lingering drought in the southern Appalachians should see improvement toward the northwest in the eastern Tennessee area, but less improvement toward the southeast in the western Carolinas. Areas of drought in Montana and northern Wisconsin are forecast to improve. Lingering drought in parts of Hawaii should also ease.

Forecaster: D. Le Comte

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Friday, February 20, 2009

National Governors' Association workforce planning in preparation for pandemic influenz

The National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices has issued a new brief for State Executives on workforce planning in preparation for pandemic influenza. A link to the report is provided below. The recommendations in the brief are a result of regional workshops conducted by NGA in 2007 and 2008.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Florida's Wildfire Season 2009

Drought + Weather + Humans = Florida's Spring Wildfire Threat.

Not until summer will lightning overtake humans as the primary cause of wildfire starts.

Key Web Sites for Florida's Emergency Managers to monitor the wildfire threat are

Drought -

Florida Keetch-Byram Drought Index Map from the Florida Division of Forestry

Storm Prediction Center's Fire Weather Forecast

National Weather Service Fire Weather Page

your local National Weather Service will have the latest fire weather products for their county warning area.

For more information


Monday, February 16, 2009

2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season Animation

From the National Hurricane Center

NOAA's Environmental Visualization Program is offering a high-resolution satellite animation of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season. You may click the link below to download the file. If you encounter trouble, right-click the link and save file to your computer.

High resolution 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season Animation  (very large 110MB file in .mp4 format)