AccuWeather] California needs rain to help break a years-long drought, but some of the storms that could form this summer may spark more wildfires in the West.
More than 50 Western wildfires were caused by lightning since May 30, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Above-normal wildfire conditions are expected through at least September, the National Interagency Fire Center said.
In September and especially October, things will start to change and
an increase moisture heading toward the wet season may help
firefighters, but before then, the storms will cause more problems than
help, AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said.
Dry thunderstorms will be a problem across the region.
"They are dry because they are driven by mid- to upper-level moisture
and not deep, low-level moist connection," Pastelok said. "Therefore,
the base of these storms are higher than normal and precipitation
evaporates before reaching the ground. However, you can still get
lightning and the strikes are what ignites the fires and the wind kicked
up by these storms helps spread the fires." Read More
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