Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KREV 172113

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Reno NV
213 PM PDT Mon Jul 17 2017


Low pressure approaching the West Coast will increase winds
Monday evening and Tuesday, leading to increased danger for rapid
fire spread. Breezy afternoon winds will linger the remainder of
the week, though they will not be as strong as Monday and Tuesday.
Warm and dry conditions are anticipated through the work week.



Warm and dry conditions are likely through the entire forecast
period. Gusty winds this evening and Tuesday will decrease
slightly by mid-week. High temperatures are expected to remain
above normal...with the "coolest" days through Wednesday. Lows
should be near seasonal norms.

Dry southwest flow aloft and a strong pressure gradient at the
surface will result in continued gusty winds this evening and
Tuesday...although Tuesday`s winds may be slightly less than this
evening. The very dry at the surface and aloft will combine with
the gusty winds to create critical fire weather conditions this
evening and again Tuesday. This has the potential to be a
dangerous situation due to the spread of ongoing fires. See the
Fire Weather discussion below for more details.

Slightly less wind Tuesday will mean less chance for gusty lake
winds for the Tahoe Basin and Mono County. We will issue another
Lake Advisory for northeast California...the western Nevada Basin
and Range...and Washoe Lake in the Sierra Front. But we will
leave the Tahoe Basin lakes and the Mono County lakes out of the
advisory for Tuesday.

Flow aloft remains southwest Wednesday through Friday...but
weakens. The low level gradient weakens as well and leads to
typical afternoon zephyr-type winds with gusts in the 25 to 30 mph
range. The southwest flow aloft keeps dry and stable air over the
region as well with no chance for deep convection.

By Saturday the model guidance shows a wave of low pressure moving
through the southwest flow. If there were any moisture this might
pose a problem...but there does not appear to be much moisture.
Another dry day Sunday with weak flow aloft and very warm
temperatures...possibly the warmest of the forecast period...
gives way to developing southerly flow Monday. If this flow
strengthens further we could see thunderstorms develop over the
far southern portions of the forecast area...Mono and Mineral
counties. The forecast models have been trying to redevelop this
southerly monsoon push for a few days...but keep delaying it with
each forecast cycle. Thus we have opted to keep thunderstorms out
of the forecast for now and wait for the models to settle on a



VFR conditions persists for much of the forecast area the next few
days. The only areas with limited visibility will be downstream of
current fires where smoke may reduce visibility to 5 miles or less...
depending on how active any of the fires become.

Gusty winds from the west peaking at 25-30 kts will decrease late
this evening...then increase again Tuesday afternoon. Ridge winds
will remain gusty overnight with peak gusts near 40 kt. This could
produce turbulence through the night into Tuesday and possibly
affect air operations on the current fires.

Winds decrease a bit more from mid-week to the weekend as the
overall surface winds and flow aloft decreases.



Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for this evening and again
Tuesday afternoon and evening. Winds on Tuesday look similar to
today, with afternoon humidities possibly slightly lower for
northeast CA and far western NV as drier air works down from aloft.
There is an increased risk of fires jumping containment lines with
the gusty winds. It would be wise to heed any evacuation orders as
the rate of fire spread may exceed fire protection ability in the
afternoon and evening.

Winds will remain elevated for ridges and many slopes tonight and
likely Tuesday night as well. With the dry airmass and winds, poor
humidity recoveries are again expected tonight and Tuesday night
(only into the 20-35% range for midslopes and some ridges). This may
allow fires to continue to burn through much of the night (albeit at
a lower intensity) as fine, dead fuels remain below their moistures
of extinction.

Winds are expected to decrease some on Wednesday and Thursday as
thermal gradients decrease slightly. Still, with some breezes and
the very dry air mass lingering over the region, enhanced fire
concerns will continue through at least Thursday as recent fires
have shown a tendency to spread despite much wind. -Snyder



As of 2 pm the temperature at the airport in Reno has reached 93
degrees. Normal high temperatures this time of year at the Reno
airport are 93-94 the record for consecutive days
with highs of at least 90 degrees is well within reach. The record
for consecutive days with at least 95 degrees may be a bit harder
to reach as we may have mixed to our high temperature already
today. We do have a couple of hours to reach that 95 degree mark.


.REV Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
NV...Red Flag Warning until 8 PM PDT this evening NVZ450-453-458-459.

     Red Flag Warning from noon to 8 PM PDT Tuesday

     Lake Wind Advisory until 8 PM PDT this evening NVZ002>004.

     Lake Wind Advisory from noon to 8 PM PDT Tuesday NVZ003-004.

CA...Red Flag Warning until 8 PM PDT this evening CAZ270-271-278.

     Red Flag Warning from noon to 8 PM PDT Tuesday CAZ270-271-278.

     Lake Wind Advisory until 8 PM PDT this evening CAZ071>073.

     Lake Wind Advisory from noon to 8 PM PDT Tuesday CAZ071.



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