Fire Weather Outlook Discussion
Issued by NWS
FNUS22 KWNS 260533
Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
1232 AM CDT Wed Apr 26 2017
Valid 271200Z - 281200Z
...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO
INTO FAR WEST TEXAS...
The fire weather story remains much the same on Thursday as the
previous few days. Strong west/northwesterly deep-layer flow will
overspread much of the southern tier of the U.S. as a broad upper
trough encompasses the middle of the CONUS. A strengthening surface
low over the southern/central High Plains with higher pressure near
the Pacific coast will result in a modest pressure gradient across
the southwestern states to the southern High Plains. Gusty winds
aligned with dry conditions will again lead to elevated to critical
fire weather concerns across parts of AZ/NM and western TX.
...Portions of AZ, much of NM into western TX...
Fuel conditions continue to add a question mark to the eastern
extent of critical delineation. Green-up continues across west TX
into the eastern plains of NM. For now, highest confidence in the
overlap of strong winds, low RH and at least areas of available
fuels has been noted by the critical area across parts of the
southern/central NM into far west TX. Here, westerly surface winds
25-35 mph with higher gusts are expected and RH values falling into
the 7-15 percent range are expected. These meteorological conditions
will spread east into parts of the TX Panhandle and TX South Plains
to the Concho Valley, but again, concerns over available fuels will
preclude critical delineation here.
Further west across parts of northern and eastern AZ into northern
NM, winds will be slightly lower and RH values will range from 15-25
percent. Some spotty/brief critical conditions will be possible but
less widespread compared to further east.
...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product...