Fire Weather Returns to the Plains This Week
Warm temperatures, gusty winds ahead of and then behind a cold front, and dry fuels are contributing to a multi-day fire weather risk for parts of the central and southern Plains.
For Monday, the fire weather risk is elevated, a level 1 out of 3.
Any fires that are sparked will be able to spread easily. Winds will be around 10-20 mph with low relative humidity and warm temperatures in the 60s. Fires were started over the weekend in the Texas panhandle in similar conditions. Be very careful and delay outdoor burning until the winds die down and humidity returns.
Fire weather risk increases tomorrow as winds increase and temperatures warm further.
As a cold front swings in Wednesday, winds will increase even more and fire weather danger continues. Fire weather alerts have been issued for Wednesday for highlighted areas, but could get upgraded or expanded as we get closer to Wednesday. Some regions already looking at Red Flag Warnings.
Wind alerts have also been issued for much of the central and southern Plains Wednesday. Gusts will be initially from the south, then switching to the northwest during the later day.
Forecast models are showing incredibly gusty winds stretched across fire-prone areas Tuesday & Wednesday.
Some spots in Texas have not gotten rain since mid-October. Increasing drought conditions and fuels that are acting as dry tinder keeps the fire danger in place through mid-week, and maybe longer.
If you see smoke over the next few days, please report it to authorities! It could be a new fire start.
There is some good news though–the overall pattern will flip somewhat in the December 19-23 time period. Much of the south central US is favored for above average amounts of precipitation during this time.
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