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Climatology of Independence Day & Fireworks Safety Tips

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Considering our Independence Day is in the middle of summer and in the hottest month of the year, there isn't a lot of variability in weather from year to year like many other national holidays.  The big questions are typically, how hot is going to be, and will my fireworks displays get rained out??  Right now its looking pretty good with the excessively hot weather staying well to our south and storm chances next to zero.  But if you are interested, below are some facts about July 4th from the National Weather Service and some tips on how to stay safe this holiday week from Earth Gauge.

The tables below provides a summary of historical observations on July 4th for the Twin Cities, Saint Cloud, and Eau Claire. The warmest and coldest Independence Days occurred in 2012 and 1972 respectively for all three locations. Measurable precipitation occurred less than half the time for each location, with amounts of a half inch or greater observed less than ten percent of the time.

The graph below provides an overview of July 4th observed high temperature, low temperature, and precipitation for the Twin Cities over the periods for which data is readily accessible.

In a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five fires reported on Independence Day. In 2011, fireworks ignited an estimated 17,800 fires, many of which were outdoor grass fires, brush fires and other types of natural vegetation fires. These fires can spread quickly, especially in areas that are experiencing dry weather or drought. And, they can have major impacts: fires started by fireworks in 2011 resulted in an estimated 32 million dollars in property damage.

Viewer Tip: The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to leave them to the professionals – visit a public fireworks display in your community. If you are thinking about using fireworks, keep these tips in mind to prevent fires and enjoy a safe holiday:

  • Check local laws and observe fireworks bans. Laws about fireworks use vary from state to state and even city to city. With many parts of the United States experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions – and some battling wildfires – certain communities are implementing complete bans on fireworks. Always follow rules and instructions issued by your local officials.
  • Light up safely. A sparkler burns at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. For comparison, water boils at 212 degrees, wood burns at 575 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees! Keep fireworks out of the hands of young children. Light fireworks one at a time and never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Never light fireworks near your home, dry leaves or grass, or other flammable materials.
  • Douse them out. Keep a bucket of water nearby to douse the fireworks when you are done. Keep a fire extinguisher handy, too.

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