What is SpotForecast?

SpotForecast provides users with 72-hour fire weather forecasts of surface temperature, humidity, and wind at the device’s or any given location over the area of California and Nevada. On the startup screen, 5-km (3.1-mile) spatial resolution forecast is shown first. If you need the 1-km (0.6-mile) resolution forecast and if the forecast is available, the run ID can be tapped to access the forecasts. If not, please contact the development team below.

SpotForecast is a component of a more sophisticated web application called FireBuster (https://fwxfcst.us/firebuster), which has been jointly developed by scientists at Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) of Forecast Service, Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center (OSCC), National Centers of Environmental Prediction (NCEP), and University of California, San Diego. Firebuster is a web-based real-time forecasting system designed to streamline and automate many intermediate modeling processes so that the downscaled fire weather information of California at above two spatial resolutions can be delivered to needed users in a timely manner. This is one of very few, if not the only, systems in the US providing real-time fire weather forecasts at such fine spatial scale.

We are indebted to Mr. Kaisen Chen, who helped us tremendously in developing the mobile app version of SpotForecast. Our gratitude also extends to Mr. Rohit Jain at the Chief Information Office of the Forest Service who guided us in getting this mobile app published in app stores.

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Development team:

John Benoit, PSW Riverside, john.benoit@usda.gov
Shyh Chen, PSW Riverside, shyh-chin.chen@usda.gov