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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Nashville TN
559 AM CDT Fri Oct 11 2019

...Fire Weather/Fire Prevention Awareness Week is October 7th
through October 11th...

Fire Weather/Fire Prevention Awareness Week concludes today with a
look at our fall and spring fire weather seasons.

As mentioned previously, low relative humidities and high wind
speeds are two key factors which act to increase the degree of
fire danger. These two weather factors, combined with drier
vegetation, are most prevalent during the fall and spring fire
weather seasons.

The fall fire weather season in Tennessee begins as leaves drop from
the trees. Climatologically for Tennessee, the months which lead
into the fall season, September and October, are generally the
driest months of the year. During this time of year, temperatures
are cooling off. This serves to reduce the threat of heavier showers
and thunderstorms. Also, the jet stream, which typically brings the
better organized weather systems and widespread rainfall, is still
located well north of Tennessee.

Typically, in the month of September, the vegetation begins to dry
out. By October, a combination of drier vegetation and the end of
the growing season can lead to an extended period of higher fire
danger.

The spring fire season in Tennessee actually begins in February and
continues until the vegetation has become green, usually by May 15th.
As we get into late February and March, most of the vegetation is
still dormant and temperatures are beginning to warm. The warmer
temperatures and the higher sun angle serves to increase surface
evaporation, thereby keeping the vegetation rather dry. Furthermore,
it is now close to kite flying weather and soon the March winds will
being to blow. With these ingredients in place, elevated levels of
fire danger can occur.

In conclusion, although we have discussed the seasonal and climatic
effects of weather on fires, keep in mind that wildfires can occur
at any time of the year. We should always strive to practice fire
prevention. Remember to be careful and follow the fire safety
rules.

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For additional fire weather information, please go to the following
website: www.weather.gov/fire

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