Warm months ahead spell trouble

 Warm monthsahead spell trouble

5 February 2007

published by prescottdailycourier.com

USA — The Broadway musical “110 in the Shade” begins with the song,”It’s Gonna Be Another Hot Day.”

News this past week about the declining chance of El Niño bringing greaterprecipitation to the area is inspiring a similar sense of resignation about thecoming wildfire season.

The area is in the 10th year of a drought cycle, and what moisture does make itsway through Arizona either misses the tri-city area or doesn’t hit it asintensely as it does elsewhere in the state.

Spring and summer are scary times in this part of the world when the forests andrangelands get tinder dry and the slightest spark in the right place could turnYavapai County into another Los Alamos.

The Climate Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration is forecasting hotter-than-average temperatures for the May andJune wildfire season.

Fasten your seatbelt, everyone. It’s going to be another bumpy ride.

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