Wednesday, August 2, 2017

AccuWeather: Warmth, wildfires to linger in California

As I reported late yesterday, one of the wettest winters in California history is being followed by one of the hottest summers, causing growers to encounter damage and complications from both weather extremes. One weather organization says the warmth will be with us for awhile.

From AccuWeather's region-by-region outlook for fall:
Warmth, wildfires to linger across California; Storms to frequent Northwest
Rampant wildfires in the West will calm quickest in regions farther north, as storms stream in from the Pacific.

"Last year, they got slammed in late fall and winter in the Northwest as far as heavy rain and heavy snow go," Pastelok said."

A similar weather pattern this fall likely means the region will once again receive abundant precipitation - though not as much as during the fall of 2016.

According to Pastelok, water temperatures off the West coast are not as high as last year and, therefore, won't foster very strong storms.

Rain and snow will at least total normal levels and have the potential to climb slightly above normal, forecasters predict.

From southwestern Montana down toward California, drier conditions and lingering warmth mean it may take most of fall for wildfires to calm down.
Their forecast largely agrees with the three-month outlook from the federal Climate Prediction Center, which envisions above-normal temperatures throughout the West with equal chances of above- or below-normal precipitation.

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