Increased Fire Danger for NYC

By: Kari Kiefer , 10:11 PM GMT on April 03, 2013

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The National Weather Service issued Red Flag Warnings for parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, April 3rd valid through 8 pm EDT (some areas through 10 pm EDT). Dangerous fire conditions stretched from northern Maryland through Massachusetts, including New York City.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected or occurring. Any fires that start may spread rapidly and become difficult to extinguish.

The forecast of low humidity and gusty winds on Wednesday increased the risk of brush fires across the region. These conditions seemed to pan out, check out today's observations at Central Park, La Guardia Airport, and Philadelphia.

Dangerous fire conditions will persist for Thursday across the region as humidity will remain very low, generally under 25 percent. However, the winds will be much weaker with gusts under 20 mph. Nonetheless, outdoor burning is not recommended.

For more information about wildfire danger, burn restrictions and wildfire prevention and education please visit your state forestry or environmental protection website.

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5. originalLT
4:15 PM GMT on July 01, 2013
Kari, I know with your interests, you must be especially affected by the Arizona tragedy . We all feel terrible about that loss of life. Please, you be careful in the future. LT
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4. originalLT
3:13 PM GMT on May 01, 2013
April did end up the 4th driest on record for NYC. --1.41" Normal is 4.50" No rain expected till at least next Monday or Tuesday--5-6 days away.
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3. originalLT
12:25 PM GMT on April 30, 2013
This has been the 4th driest April on record for NYC (from WCBS News) and it should be dry for at least 6 more days, so I wouldn't be surprised to see "Red Flag" warnings come out again soon for the NYC Metro area.
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2. whitewabit (Mod)
5:57 AM GMT on April 04, 2013
You wouldn't think a city the size of NYC would have a fire hazard ..
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1. originalLT
5:02 AM GMT on April 04, 2013
Good to see you posting again , Kari !
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