Forecasters warn that high ocean temperatures presage intense blazes in rainforest.
Jeff Tollefson, Nature June 29, 2016
The Amazon is ready to burn. After an unusually dry rainy season, the southern section of the rainforest is heading into winter with the largest moisture deficit since 1998. This has set the stage for an unusually intense fire season, according to a forecast issued on 29 June that is based on sea-surface temperature trends in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.