Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rim Fire one year later - debate over plans for forest recovery


In my wonderings, thanks to Michael Archer's Wildfire News of the Day on August 19, 2014, I saw this interesting story (hopefully embedded above) on a debate surrounding forest recovery in the aftermath of the Rim Fire of one year ago. I wrote a two part series last November on the Burned Area Emergency Response on November 6, 2013 and November 11, 2013 (with video of burned area).


A direct link to the National Public Radio article and audio may be found here. I post this without comment, I'll let you decide what you think about this debate.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hurricane Camille -- 45 years ago (Aug 16-21, 1969)

direct link to video on youtube

Some of you know that I have an interest in weather and meteorology stemming from my interest in aviation. So, I thought I'd pause today to remember Hurricane Camille, a category 5 Hurricane that hit the Gulf Coast in August 1969.

Hard to say how well I remember Hurricane Camille, because I have heard about the damage she left on the Gulf Coast. After she was downgraded to a low pressure system she dumped over 25 inches of rain in a corner of Virginia. I was getting ready to return to high school (20 miles north of Baltimore) at the time so the rains that hit Virginia were south of us. I suspect that heard about her through TV news reports.

A map of her track may be found here on the facebook page of the US National Weather Service Mid Atlantic River Forecast Center.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wildland firefighting crews from the east and south helping out west


As many of you know, wildfire fighters from around the U.S. are working wildfires out west. The video report above is an interview by NECN of MA Fire Warden David Celino and MA state fire fighter Roy Liard. The crew from MA worked the Chiwaukum Complex Wildfire in Washington, returning from a two week deployment late last week. Another article about this deployment may be found on Gazettenet.

A wildland firefighting crew from Alabama (article from the Gdsden Times returned from a two week deployment last week. They were working the Carlton Complex Wildfire in Washington.

Wildland firefighting crews from Delaware (article from the State of Delaware) and Pennsylvania (article from the Patriot News). I suspect that the New Jersey Forest Fire Service may have sent wildland firefighting crews to help fight wildfires out west, but I have no article to link to at the moment. 

I'd like to thank all of my friends from the east and the south and all the other crews that I am leaving out who are deployed out west to help fight the wildfires. I think all of you are wonderful. Thanks so much! Stay safe everyone. 

Added on August 21, 2014: After I posted this article, I found a short article dated August 15, 2014 about the New Jersey Forest Fire Service sending an engine (and crew) to help with the wildfires burning out west, go here for the story from 1strespondernews

Friday, August 15, 2014

Smokejumpers: Redding California

direct link to video

I have a deep and abiding respect for all of our wildland firefighters, in the air and on the ground. I always enjoying watching videos of smokejumpers and when this one came across my desk today, thanks to my friends at the NJ Forest Fire Service Section B-10 website weekly video page I knew that I had to share it with you.

Thanks to all smokejumpers everywhere for all you do.

Stay safe out there.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Flooding rains in Long Island (NY)


direct link to report with video

Continuing, more impressive rainfall totals on Long Island, NY. Looking at report below from the NWS New York office, 13.10 inches of rain (storm total) at Mac Arthur Airport on Islip (Long Island) NY. Much of it occurring in a three hour period from 4:56 AM to 7:56 AM.

I hope this is a link to a current map from the NWS of rainfall and flooding reports on Long Island. This is the first time that I have linked (on 8/13/14 at 9:55 AM EDT) to this particular mapping display. I believe that the rainfall observations are good only for the preceding 24 hour period from when I accessed the map. I'll keep an eye on this link and will update or delete later as necessary.

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CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-140034-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
834 AM EDT WED AUG 13 2014

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 15
HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION
IS EXTENDED TO HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...SKYWARN
SPOTTERS AND MEDIA FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE
ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/NYC

********************STORM TOTAL RAINFALL********************

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
                     RAINFALL           OF
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

CONNECTICUT

...FAIRFIELD COUNTY...
   BRIDGEPORT AIRPORT    1.34   800 AM  8/13  ASOS
   DANBURY AIRPORT       0.78   703 AM  8/13  ASOS

...NEW HAVEN COUNTY...
   NEW HAVEN             2.03   702 AM  8/13  ASOS
   MERIDEN               0.75   800 AM  8/13  ASOS

...NEW LONDON COUNTY...
   GROTON AIRPORT        2.17   820 AM  8/13  ASOS

NEW JERSEY

...BERGEN COUNTY...
   TETERBORO             0.56   706 AM  8/13  ASOS
   WESTWOOD              0.54   645 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER

...ESSEX COUNTY...
   NEWARK AIRPORT        0.58   800 AM  8/13  ASOS
   CALDWELL AIRPORT      0.41   800 AM  8/13  ASOS

...HUDSON COUNTY...
   NORTH BERGEN          0.83   745 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER

NEW YORK

...KINGS COUNTY...
   MIDWOOD               1.34   706 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER

...NASSAU COUNTY...
   WANTAGH               7.84   825 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   MERRICK               6.81   749 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   BELLMORE              5.20   830 AM  8/13  PUBLIC
   LONG BEACH            4.64   729 AM  8/13  PUBLIC
   PLAINVIEW             4.61   640 AM  8/13  PUBLIC
   SYOSSET               4.01   658 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   FLORAL PARK           2.80   745 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   BAYVILLE              2.63   730 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   MALVERNE              0.98   700 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER

...NEW YORK COUNTY...
   CENTRAL PARK          0.70   800 AM  8/13  ASOS

...ORANGE COUNTY...
   MONTGOMERY AIRPORT    0.65   800 AM  8/13  ASOS

...QUEENS COUNTY...
   NYC/JFK AIRPORT       3.19   800 AM  8/13  ASOS
   NYC/LA GUARDIA        0.77   800 AM  8/13  ASOS

...SUFFOLK COUNTY...
   ISLIP AIRPORT        13.10   800 AM  8/13  ASOS
   HOLBROOK             10.82   703 AM  8/13  NWS EMPLOYEE
   ISLIP                 9.80   715 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   DEER PARK             8.30   830 AM  8/13  PUBLIC
   RONKONKOMA            8.20   640 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   FARMINGVILLE          7.73   800 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   CENTEREACH            5.93   730 AM  8/13  NWS EMPLOYEE
   EAST FARMINGDALE      4.93   800 AM  8/13  ASOS
   MEDFORD               4.45   800 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   CENTERPORT            3.18   700 AM  8/13  CO-OP OBSERVER
   UPTON                 1.74   800 AM  8/13  NWS OFFICE
   STONY BROOK           1.59   515 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   SHIRLEY AIRPORT       1.15   800 AM  8/13  ASOS
   WESTHAMPTON AIRPORT   0.68   800 AM  8/13  ASOS
   1 NNE MONTAUK         0.14   800 AM  8/13  ASOS

...WESTCHESTER COUNTY...
   WHITE PLAINS AIRPORT  0.85   800 AM  8/13  ASOS


**********************24 HOUR RAINFALL**********************

LOCATION              24 HOUR     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
                     RAINFALL           OF
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

CONNECTICUT

...FAIRFIELD COUNTY...
   3 SSE BROOKFIELD      0.67   700 AM  8/13  COCORAHS

...MIDDLESEX COUNTY...
   3 WSW EAST HAMPTON    0.93   700 AM  8/13  COCORAHS

NEW JERSEY

...BERGEN COUNTY...
   1 W TENAFLY           0.71   700 AM  8/13  COCORAHS
   WNW OAKLAND           0.16   720 AM  8/13  COCORAHS
   1 ESE OAKLAND         0.08   700 AM  8/13  COCORAHS

...ESSEX COUNTY...
   1 SE MAPLEWOOD TWP    0.72   700 AM  8/13  COCORAHS
   1 NE CEDAR GROVE TWP  0.62   600 AM  8/13  COCORAHS

...HUDSON COUNTY...
   N HARRISON            0.58   700 AM  8/13  COCORAHS

...UNION COUNTY...
   1 NE WESTFIELD        0.73   645 AM  8/13  COCORAHS

NEW YORK

...NASSAU COUNTY...
   W FLORAL PARK         2.53   700 AM  8/13  COCORAHS

...PUTNAM COUNTY...
   8 NE COLD SPRINGS     0.14   700 AM  8/13  COCORAHS
   4 ESE BEACON          0.08   620 AM  8/13  COCORAHS

...QUEENS COUNTY...
   1 SW MIDDLE VILLAGE   1.43   700 AM  8/13  COCORAHS

...RICHMOND COUNTY...
   1 SE STATEN ISLAND    0.73   730 AM  8/13  COCORAHS

...WESTCHESTER COUNTY...
   2 NW SOUTH SALEM      0.72   700 AM  8/13  COCORAHS

$$

JP


Flooding rains in South Jersey and adjoining States


direct link to video

Very impressive rain totals in southern NJ, Deleware, Maryland, and Long Island. Reports of 5 to 9 inches of rain in those areas.

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DEZ001>004-MDZ008-012-015-019-020-NJZ001-007>010-012>027-PAZ054-055-
060>062-067>071-132248-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
648 AM EDT WED AUG 13 2014

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN FOR THE STORM THAT
AFFECTED OUR REGION. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE
AT WEATHER.GOV/PHI

********************STORM TOTAL RAINFALL********************

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
                     RAINFALL           OF
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

DELAWARE

...NEW CASTLE COUNTY...
   GLASGOW               3.42   500 AM  8/13  DEOS
   BLACKBIRD             3.08   345 AM  8/13  MESONET
   MIDDLETOWN            3.05   700 PM  8/12  TRAINED SPOTTER
   NEWARK                2.71   500 AM  8/13  DEOS
   NEW CASTLE            2.65   500 AM  8/13  DEOS
   WILMINGTON AIRPORT    2.51   200 AM  8/13  ASOS

MARYLAND

...CECIL COUNTY...
   ELKTON                2.68   930 PM  8/12  TRAINED SPOTTER

...KENT COUNTY...
   ROCK HALL             4.60   850 PM  8/12  SOCIAL MEDIA
   GALENA                3.64   545 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   1 SE BETTERTON        3.17   715 PM  8/12  MESONET

...QUEEN ANNE`S COUNTY...
   ROMANCOKE             8.47   100 AM  8/13  NWS EMPLOYEE
   CENTREVILLE           7.60   240 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   CENTREVILLE LANDING   6.06   930 PM  8/12  MESONET
   STEVENSVILLE          3.57   930 PM  8/12  MESONET

NEW JERSEY

...ATLANTIC COUNTY...
   ESTELL MANOR          6.17   630 AM  8/13  CO-OP OBSERVER
   ATLANTIC CITY AIRPOR  5.58   200 AM  8/13  ASOS
   MULLICA TWP           4.14   500 AM  8/13  NJWXNET
   OCEANVILLE            3.93   230 AM  8/13  MESONET
   SOMERS POINT          2.40   500 AM  8/13  PUBLIC

...BURLINGTON COUNTY...
   CHATSWORTH            4.76   230 AM  8/13  MESONET
   TABERNACLE            2.04   300 AM  8/13  PUBLIC

...CAMDEN COUNTY...
   BLUE ANCHOR           3.96   230 AM  8/13  MESONET

...CAPE MAY COUNTY...
   WOODBINE              2.68   345 AM  8/13  MESONET

...CUMBERLAND COUNTY...
   MILLVILLE AIRPORT     8.94   300 AM  8/13  ASOS
   NEWPORT               8.60   400 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   1 NW LEAMINGS MILL    6.40  1145 PM  8/12  MESONET
   2 SSE NORTH VINELAND  5.22  1145 PM  8/12  MESONET
   1 SE RAMMEL MILL      4.33  1145 PM  8/12  MESONET
   GREENWICH             2.49   230 AM  8/13  MESONET

...GLOUCESTER COUNTY...
   3 W FRANKLIN TWP      5.19  1230 AM  8/13  COCORAHS
   WASHINGTON TWP        2.91   110 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER

...MONMOUTH COUNTY...
   MANASQUAN             5.83   515 AM  8/13  MESONET
   WALL TWP              4.94   500 AM  8/13  NJWXNET
   SEA GIRT              4.56   500 AM  8/13  NJWXNET
   BELMAR AIRPORT        3.28   500 AM  8/13  AWOS

...OCEAN COUNTY...
   LITTLE EGG HARBOR TW  7.50   200 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   MANAHAWKIN            7.25   200 AM  8/13  COCORAHS
   2 NNE STAFFORD TWP    7.25   200 AM  8/13  COCORAHS
   POINT PLEASANT        5.90   500 AM  8/13  NJWXNET
   BRICK TWP             5.40   300 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   1 SSW PINEWALD        5.27   115 AM  8/13  MESONET
   SEASIDE HEIGHTS       4.59   500 AM  8/13  NJWXNET
   TOMS RIVER            4.39   230 AM  8/13  TRAINED SPOTTER
   LAKEWOOD              4.02   515 AM  8/13  MESONET
   BARNEGAT LIGHT        3.67   345 AM  8/13  MESONET
   TOMS RIVER AIRPORT    3.29   200 AM  8/13  AWOS

...SALEM COUNTY...
   WOODSTOWN             2.53   230 AM  8/13  MESONET

$$

GORSE

Monday, August 11, 2014

Wildfire in Sweden

For the last couple of weeks I was busy working on a project that took up much of my available time. In spite of that, I did have an awareness of what was happening wildfire wise. I heard a couple of reports on National Public Radio about the then current significant wildfires burning out west. Thanks to Mike Archer's Wildfire News of the Day, which I get over e-mail six days a week, I was able to read the headlines about that days wildfire news. In addition, I am grateful for some friends who periodically send me updates of news about tankers and helicopters working fire in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere.

One of the wildfires that I heard about last week was a wildfire in Sweden. I understand that this was the worst wildfire in Sweden in quite some time, and one person is reported to have died in the fire. By now this wildfire may be in the category of old news. For example here is an article on the Wall Street Journal Online dated August 5th (with video) that Bill Gabbert referenced in an article he posted on he first posted on August 5th with updates on the 6th and the 7th. Here is a video of some helicopters with buckets dipping while working the Swedish wildfire.


direct link to video above (in Swedish).

Here is a satellite photo of the Swedish wildfire from earth observatory taken on or about August 4th.

As I was working on this article, an article in English with news of the wildfire in Sweden came across my desk: dated August 10th from The Local: Sweden's News in English. According to this article, there is concern that the wildfire may flare up again. Fixed-wing aircraft on loan to Sweden from Italy and France will be staying in Sweden through August 15th according to this report. Further while some evacuations were lifted over the weekend, there is concern that more evacuations could be put in place. Some twenty homes have been destroyed.

The wildfire in Sweden that I first read about last week, serves as a recurrent reminder to me that wildfires occur around the world, not just in the United States and Canada.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Fire Shelter Deployment

All wildland firefighters working on the ground carry fire shelters, practice deploying fire shelters during their annual training. The hope is that they never have to deploy fire shelters. Watch the 10 minute video to learn more about deploying fire shelters.


direct link to video

Video from Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center, for more information on fire shelters to this page from NIFC.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

About grass fires

Over the course of the years that I have been writing about aerial wildland firefighting, I have heard a lot about grass fires. So, when this video came across my desk a couple of weeks ago, I knew that I had to watch this 25 minute  training video from the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center. I have a new appreciation for the dangers of wildland firefighting, whether a grass fire or a fire in another fuel. In addition to learning how wildland firefighters stay safe while fighting grass fires, you will hear about an entrapment that did not have a good outcome and you hear from another wildland firefighter who was burned in a grass fire share his experiences.I share it here out of respect for what all wildland firefighters do to help protect us from wildfires.



direct link to video

Monday, August 04, 2014

Wildfires in treated versus untreated fuels

In writing about aerial wildland firefighting, a lot of the focus is on tankers dropping retardant on or near wildfires in support of the wildland firefighters on the ground. In this 16 minute from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) you will learn about the difference between how wildfires burn when treated with retardant compared with wildfires burning in untreated fuels.


direct link to video

Friday, August 01, 2014

La Grande Air Attack, Pt 2 of 2

Continuing with Part 2 on Air Attack Mission Overview, I posted part 1 on July 30th, here is part 2 of the 2 part Air Attack Mission Overview by Larry Aragon. Allow about 14 minutes to watch the video.


direct link to video