Satellite and Radar Observations of the 9 April 2009 Texas and Oklahoma Grassrfi es yb t homa s a . Jon es a n d s uanrd a . Chriosphte r oz ens of la rge g ra ssf i res oc- curred throughout North Texas D a nd sout hern Ok la homa on 9 April 2009, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses while burning thousands of acres of grasslands and causing millions of dollars in damages (Fig. 1a, Times-Record News—10 April 2 0 0 9). S e vere d rou g ht cond it ions existed throughout this region in the early part of 2009, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), resulting in large areas of dead, dry grass and brush that served as fuel for the ensuing fires. During t he day, a dr yline moved east ward through central Texas and southern Oklahoma, behind which strong west- erly winds and very dry air were pres- ent over a large region. Strong winds pic ke d up d r y du st f rom we ster n Texas, reducing visibility and air qual- ity behind the dryline. Furthermore, these winds caused damage to power
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 2010
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