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Air Masses relation to forestry

How does this relate to forestry?

In a given area, the frequency of particular air masses will help determine the climate of that place, which will affect the types of trees that can be grown successfully there. A hot, dry air mass can cause drought, which can stress and kill trees, and increase the risk of devastating wildfires. At the boundaries between air masses, the clash of masses of air with different characteristics can lead to dynamic weather like hail, tornadoes, high winds or ice storms, which can cause windfall or broken limbs.

 
Figure B: Tornado damage to a stand of loblolly pines in East Texas.             Figure C: Distribution of loblolly pine across Southeast US is driven by air mass type.
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