In the map above, you can clearly see the currently the state of Pennsylvania is standing out like a sore thumb. Why is that? Its because currently as you read this the state of Pa is under what is know as a red flag warning, which means there is an extreme risk of rapidly spreading wildfires. So if this is about just the possibility of forest fires, why is the Nation Weather Service in charge of issuing these Red Flag Warnings?
Actually the Nation Weather service has a lot of say when red flag warnings are issues, because they are truly a fire weather warning. Fire weather is a combination of many factors the increase the potential for wild fire growth. Typical it consists of a low relative humidity “The amount of moisture in the are” and also the speed of the wind for that day. When there is a low relative humidity, more of the moisture contain within the fuel for a wild fire evaporates causing it to be more combustable. The higher the wind speeds, the quicker the wild fire can spread. So with dry fuel and high wind, the potential exists for a large forest fire. This is one side of meteorology Im very interested in and would like to pursue.
This map show the current percentage of moisture in the fuel for a fire, as you can see the State College area is between 5-8% so the fuels are extremely dry.
All images from National Weather Service State College