Fire Weather Outlook Discussion
Issued by NWS
FNUS21 KWNS 230750
Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
0149 AM CST Mon Jan 23 2017
Valid 231200Z - 241200Z
As a strong low pressure system moves northeastward from the
Southeast into the Mid Atlantic today, a deep upper trough over the
West will begin to progress eastward. In response to the upper
trough, a surface low will deepen over the central High Plains,
while another surface low drops southward off of the California
...Portions of the southern High Plains...
Relatively strong low-level southwesterly flow is expected to
develop across the southern High Plains this afternoon, south of the
deepening surface low. Sustained winds of 20-30 mph, with higher
gusts, are likely across much of eastern NM and west TX. Downslope
flow will result in above-normal temperatures, with minimum RH
values expected to drop into the 15-20 percent range. This wind/RH
combination will result in an elevated fire weather threat.
Uncertainty regarding the potential for a sufficient duration of
critical RH, combined with some lingering uncertainty regarding
fuels (given recent precipitation across the area), precludes any
upgrade at this time.
...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product...