Fire seasons are lasting longer across the globe. (Credit: NOAA)
Global fire seasons are burning longer, according to a recent NASA press release. Researchers analyzed more than 30 years of meteorological data, ranging from 1979 to 2014 to make the find. Scientists focused on four key factors of fire seasons: max temperature, low humidity, no rain and high winds.
Researchers used a combination of data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the European Centre For Medium-Range Weather Forecasts Interim Reanalysis. They found that over half of the Earth’s plant-covered surface faced longer fire seasons from 1996 to 2013 than in the period from 1979 to 1996.
Although fire seasons appear to have gotten longer, researchers say it’s important to note that there are other factors at play. These include human activity, lightning and fuel sources that can influence fire’s behavior.
Top image: Fire seasons are lasting longer across the globe. (Credit: NOAA)