Storm Prediction Center Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook
Created: Sun Feb 26 07:50:06 UTC 2017 ( | )
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ZCZC SPCFWDDY1 ALL FNUS21 KWNS 260743 Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0143 AM CST Sun Feb 26 2017 Valid 261200Z - 271200Z ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR PORTIONS OF THE TEXAS TRANS-PECOS AND SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO... ...Synopsis... Broad mid/upper-level cyclonic flow will persist across much of the contiguous US today, with a channel of enhanced westerlies from the Desert Southwest to the Mid-Atlantic. Embedded within this flow, a jet maximum will progress from the southern California coast to the southern high Plains during the day. Strengthening westerly flow will promote weak lee troughing from the Big Bend northward to the plains of eastern Colorado. Meanwhile, ridging will shift offshore the southeast US. ...Portions of southern/eastern New Mexico and west Texas... Some modest enhancement of the surface pressure gradient, combined with strengthening flow aloft, will lead to another day of breezy conditions across parts of the region. Sustained southwesterly winds around 20-30 mph, with higher gusts, are expected across the upper Trans-Pecos. Surrounding this area, winds around 15-20 mph will be common. Downslope warming/drying and deep mixing within an antecedent dry air mass will yield RH values around 10-15 percent by afternoon across most of the region. As such, critical fire-weather concerns are anticipated near parts of the upper Trans-Pecos, with elevated concerns extending from the Big Bend northward to the southwest Texas Panhandle. ..Picca.. 02/26/2017 ...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product...
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