JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Phones were ringing off the hook this afternoon, was it about Tuesday's intense hailstorm? Nope. How about this morning's wind chill (feels-like temperatures) around 20 degrees? Nope, not that either. It was all about the ominous looking skies as the sun went down.
It's that time of year (from now until mid-June) where we frequently we will see large plumes of smoke around parts of the Southeast United States, especially here in Florida.
Much of it is planned or prescribed to keep larger fires, that naturally occur due to lightning strikes from becoming wildly out of control. These planned fires are often done in the wake of extremely cold/dry air.
Why? As you can imagine, freezes kill things, plants (vegetation) are not only killed by the freeze, but arctic/polar air is extremely dry. This rapidly changes the burn rates, making them potentially very combustible.
Arctic/Polar air has killed off much of the brush/vegetation across the Southeastern, United States. This has dramatically increased the fuel levels for potential brush fires this coming Spring (dry season).
Tuesday, you can see (on satellite picture displayed) there were many large controlled burns. Remember, the goal of these controlled burns is to keep whatever fire season that develops, more manageable.
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