Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Research article
31 May 2013
Research article |  | 31 May 2013

Trends in adverse weather patterns and large wildland fires in Aragón (NE Spain) from 1978 to 2010

A. Cardil, D. M. Molina, J. Ramirez, and C. Vega-García

Abstract. This work analyzes the effects of high temperature days on large wildland fires during 1978–2010 in Aragón (NE Spain). A high temperature day was established when air temperature was higher than 20 °C at 850 hPa. Temperature at 850 hPa was chosen because it properly characterizes the low troposphere state, and some of the problems that affect surface reanalysis do not occur. High temperature days were analyzed from April to October in the study period, and the number of these extreme days increased significantly. This temporal trend implied more frequent adverse weather conditions in later years that could facilitate extreme fire behavior. The effects of those high temperatures days in large wildland fire patterns have been increasingly important in the last years of the series.