The Meteorology of Western U.S. Wildfires
During the past decade, there have been a number of
major wildfires over the western U.S. and particularly in
California. This research, sponsored by the National Science
Foundation, includes an in-depth examination of the large and
regional scales meteorological conditions associated with major
California wildfires. In one published study, we examined
the meteorology behind the 2017 Wine Country Fires, north of
California. In another recently completed paper, we
described the meteorological origins of the 2018 Camp Fire.
WRF Model Vertical Cross Section of Winds Associated with the Camp
Fire. The western slopes of the Sierra Nevada are shown
In addition to studying the
meteorology of specific major fires, we have examined the
nature of Diablo Winds, the easterly and northeasterly winds
associated with major wildfires over central and northern
California, summarized in a recent paper.
A future project will be to examine high-resolution regional
climate simulations over California, to understand the
implications of global warming on the conditions associated
with wildfires over central and northern California. An
additional project will study the implications of global
warming for wildfires over western Washington and Oregon.