Fire Weather Outlook Discussion
Issued by NWS
FNUS22 KWNS 200726
Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
0125 AM CST Mon Feb 20 2017
Valid 211200Z - 221200Z
A midlevel wind-speed maximum is forecast to extend from portions of
coastal CA to the Central States, while a trough approaches northern
and central parts of the West Coast from the eastern Pacific. Lee
surface troughing will become established over portions of the
northern and central High Plains. These features will be associated
with two Elevated fire-weather areas subsequently discussed, while
recent precipitation between and north of these areas may limit the
...Portions of southeast WY, north-central/northeast CO, western
Enhanced downslope winds extending off the central Rockies will
support warming/drying over the adjacent High Plains. Westerly winds
of 15-25 mph are forecast to combine with RH around 12-20 percent in
support of elevated to borderline-critical fire-weather conditions.
At this time, the strongest winds are forecast to remain displaced
to the north of the lowest RH, minimizing the overlap of critically
strong winds and RH and precluding Critical designation.
...Portions of western/central KS into south-central NE...
A relatively enhanced low-level pressure gradient east of the lee
trough is forecast to support southwesterly surface winds of 15-18
mph. With a warm air mass in place and a dearth of moisture return,
vertical mixing will encourage RH values falling to around 12-20
percent. While elevated fire-weather conditions are expected,
present indications are that critically strong winds will be
...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product...