Fire Danger and Fire Weather Records

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The National Weather Service (formerly Weather Bureau) and Forest Service developed a program to track meteorological conditions conducive to forest fires, resulting in the ability to forecast and issue fire warnings and watches in national forests around the country. The primary variables captured included wet- and dry-bulb temperature along with wind direction and speed. These along with other basic meteorological observations enabled rangers to predict the likelihood of fires and establish either a Burning or Spread Index to track when and where forest fires were likely to occur. The archive no longer receives these analog observational forms.
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  • NCEI WebARTIS: FIRE
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C01205
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Time Period 1907-01-01 to 1986-12-31
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 72.0
S: 18.0
E: -66.0
W: 172.0
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
    No administrative dates available
Data Presentation Form Hardcopy image - image archived in analog format
Dataset Progress Status Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Purpose To capture meteorological observations and conditions that may accelerate or affect forest fires in national forests in the United States.
Dataset Citation
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Cited Authors
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • USDA/FS > Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture
Originators
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • USDA/FS > Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science Services > Environmental Advisories > Fire Advisories
  • Earth Science > Agriculture > Forest Science > Forest Fire Science
  • Earth Science > Climate Indicators > Land Surface/Agriculture Indicators > Forest Fire Danger Index
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Surface Winds > Wind Speed/Wind Direction
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation
Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)
  • Terrestrial - Fire Disturbance
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Air Temperature
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Wind Speed And Direction
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Precipitation
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • WEATHER STATIONS
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • Rain Gauges
  • Visual Observations
  • Thermometers
  • Thermometers
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Continent > North America > United States Of America
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
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Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement Data were collected at National Forest Ranger Stations across the United States in conjunction with support from the National Weather Service (Weather Bureau).
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2018-11-05
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