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Feb 24, 2017 Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook
Updated: Fri Feb 24 07:49:03 UTC 2017 (Print Version | 20170224 1200Z Day 1 FireWX shapefile | 20170224 1200Z Day 1 FireWX KML)
Day 1 Fire
 Population  Cities/Towns  CWAs  Interstates  Counties  FEMA Regions  Day 1 Surface Analysis

Risk Area (sq. mi.) Area Pop. Some Larger Population Centers in Risk Area
Critical 89,725 1,838,092 Lubbock, TX...Midland, TX...Odessa, TX...Las Cruces, NM...Roswell, NM...
   ZCZC SPCFWDDY1 ALL
   FNUS21 KWNS 240744

   Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook  
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   0144 AM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

   Valid 241200Z - 251200Z

   ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR PORTIONS OF NEW MEXICO AND WEST
   TEXAS...

   ...Synopsis...
   A mid-level low will deepen as it moves from the Missouri Valley to
   the Great Lakes through tonight. In tandem with this low, another
   shortwave trough dropping southward along the Pacific Northwest
   coast will help maintain broad cyclonic flow across much of the
   Southwest and southern Plains. 

   The surface pattern will feature high pressure building southward
   across much of the Plains states, as a cold front pushes southeast
   towards the Gulf Coast.

   ...Portions of the southern Plains and southern/central New
   Mexico...
   Despite the passage of the aforementioned cold front, diurnal
   heating and downslope warming should still increase temperatures
   sufficiently for RH values to fall into the single digits and teens
   across much of New Mexico and southern/western Texas. Continued
   enhancement of west/southwesterly flow aloft will maintain gusty
   surface conditions as well, bolstering the fire-weather threat.
   Across parts of New Mexico and west Texas, sustained west winds
   around 20-30 mph and RH values below 10-15 percent will create
   critical fire-weather concerns. The ongoing critical area was
   contracted slightly across parts of west Texas (primarily the
   eastern portion of the LUB CWA), as weaker winds are expected near a
   trough axis oriented from northeast New Mexico southeastward to
   central Texas.

   Farther south, brief critical concerns may be realized across parts
   of the Texas Brush Country, as sustained northwesterly winds
   increase to around 15-20 mph amidst RH values below 15 percent.
   However, confidence in a sufficient duration of critical conditions
   remains too low for an upgrade at this time. Nonetheless, rapid
   fire-spread potential will exist here as well.

   ..Picca.. 02/24/2017

   ...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product...

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