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By A.J. Etherington
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Predicting the Weather to Fight Fires Down Under

Glasgow Meteorologist Travels Around the Globe to Help Fight One of 2019's Worst Disasters


November 4, 2020

Courtesy of US Forest Service

NWS Incident Meteorologist Patrick Gilchrist works on a remote automated weather station (RAWS) in the mountains of Oregon in October, 2020. Mount Jefferson is visible in the background. The RAWS and Gilchrist were operating in support of the Lion's Head fire which has burned 204,469 Acres and was only 46 percent contained as of Nov. 2.

It wasn't as simple as packing a bag and getting on the plane like years before. In fact, getting to Australia as a National Weather Service Incident Meteorologist-IMET for short-required a good deal of preparation, not least of which was applying...

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