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Wildfires Rage On; Forecasting Welcome Rain For Southern California

18 May 2014, 11:17 am
Camp Pendleton, CA: Las Pulgas Fire via Camp Pendleton Scout
Camp Pendleton, CA: Las Pulgas Fire via Camp Pendleton Scout


Our friends in Southern California were thrust into the national spotlight this past week as numerous wildfires sprung up and charred thousands of acres. After 2013 wrapped up as the driest year on record, it’s no surprise that the entire state is basically a tinderbox, but these fires are uncharacteristically early. CalFire’s PIO Daniel Berlant shared this stat a few days ago that I still can’t get over:



Check in with CAL FIRE for status reports on all California wildfires:
Recent record heat, fueled by Santa Ana winds, made matters worse. Overall, temperatures in the Southwest have been at least above-average for the past three months straight. See map below, courtesy

Past 3 months temp anomaly via WeatherBell

Good news though! Cooler air will move in from the north this week, bringing with it a good shot at some much-needed rain & even some Sierra mountain snow.

This forecast shows precipitation headed for central California by mid-week (Tuesday night – Wednesday morning). Total accumulation through Friday night won’t be a ton, but any little bit helps!

Precip & Pressure GFS valid 00Z Wed via WeatherBell

Total Precip GFS valid 06Z Sat via WeatherBell


Cross your fingers and hope for rain! And hope all the firefighters stay safe in SoCal while battling these blazes. We’ll have more on this (and other top weather stories) here at WeatherNation — be sure to tune in for the latest! -Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers

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