Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (4.0 MB)

Title: A North American regional reanalysis climatology of the Haines Index

Author: Lu, Wei; Charney, Joseph J. (Jay); Zhong, Sharon; Bian, Xindi; Liu, Shuhua.;

Date: 2011

Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire. 20: 91-103.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: A warm-season (May through October) Haines Index climatology is derived using 32-km regional reanalysis temperature and humidity data from 1980 to 2007. We compute lapse rates, dewpoint depressions, Haines Index factors A and B, and values for each of the low-, mid- and high-elevation variants of the Haines Index. Statistical techniques are used to investigate the spatial and temporal variability of the index across North America. The new climatology is compared with a previous climatology derived from 2.5° (~280 km) global reanalysis data. Maps from the two climatologies are found to be very similar for most of North America. The largest differences appear along the eastern coastline and in regions of large elevation gradients, where the orography in the 32-km climatology is better resolved than that of the 2.5° climatology. In coastal areas of eastern North America and where there is steeply sloping terrain, the new climatology can augment the information from the 2.5° climatology to help analyse the performance and interpret the results of the Haines Index in these regions.Alinear trend analysis of the total number of high-Haines Index days occurring in each warm season reveals no significant linear trends over the 28-year data period.

Keywords: fire climate, fire-weather forecasting, NARR

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • This publication may be available in hard copy. Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
  • Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact Sharon Hobrla, if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.



Lu, Wei; Charney, Joseph J.; Zhong, Sharon; Bian, Xindi; Liu, Shuhua. 2011. A North American regional reanalysis climatology of the Haines Index. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 20: 91-103.


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.