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   FNUS21 KWNS 091625
   
   DAY 1 FIRE WEATHER OUTLOOK  
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   1125 AM CDT SAT JUN 09 2012
   
   VALID 091700Z - 101200Z
   
   ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR ERN NV...MUCH OF UT/AZ/NM...S
   CNTRL WY...WRN CO...FAR WRN TX...
   
   ...ERN NV...MUCH OF UT/AZ/NM...S CNTRL WY...WRN CO...FAR WRN TX...
   HIGH-END CRITICAL TO BRIEFLY/LOCALLY EXTREME CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
   ACROSS MUCH OF THE WEST TODAY. 16Z OBSERVATIONS ACROSS THE CRITICAL
   AREA ARE ALREADY SHOWING RELATIVE HUMIDITIES AT LOWER ELEVATIONS
   LARGELY IN THE UPPER SINGLE DIGITS TO LOWER TEENS...WITH EXTENDED
   DURATIONS OF CRITICAL VALUES EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF
   TODAY. A FEW GUSTS TO 25 TO 30 MPH HAVE ALREADY BEEN NOTED OVER ERN
   UT...NRN AZ...AND NWRN NV. STRENGTHENING WINDS CAN BE
   ANTICIPATED...WITH A WIND SHIFT OCCURRING OVERNIGHT AS THE COLD
   FRONT PROGRESSES THROUGH MUCH OF THE AREA. ONLY A MINOR ADJUSTMENT
   WAS NEEDED OVER SERN WY...WHERE STRONG SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR 25 MPH
   WITH STRONGER GUSTS AND RELATIVE HUMIDITIES NEAR 15 PERCENT ARE
   EXPECTED.
   
   ...ERN NM...
   PREVIOUS FORECAST APPEARS ON TRACK. LATEST DETERMINISTIC AND HI-RES
   MODELS SUGGEST MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITIES OF NEAR 3% COULD BE
   ACHIEVED THIS AFTERNOON. ALTHOUGH SUSTAINED WINDS WILL BE JUST BELOW
   CRITICAL THRESHOLDS /15 TO 20 MPH/...STRONGER GUSTS COULD CONTRIBUTE
   TO FIRE SPREAD.
   
   ...SACRAMENTO VALLEY...NRN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...
   PREVIOUS FORECAST GENERALLY REMAINS ON TRACK. BRIEF/LOCALLY CRITICAL
   CONDITIONS MAY BE POSSIBLE AS WINDS NEAR 15 TO 20 MPH ALIGN WITH
   MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITIES NEAR 10 TO 20 PERCENT.
   
   ..HURLBUT.. 06/09/2012
   
   .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 0246 AM CDT SAT JUN 09 2012/
   
   ...SYNOPSIS...
   AN UPPER LOW OVER THE NORTHERN ROCKIES WITH ATTENDANT TROUGH
   EXTENDING SWD ACROSS THE GREAT BASIN/CNTRL ROCKIES WILL PROGRESS EWD
   TODAY. STRONG W/SWLY FLOW WRAPPING AROUND THE BASE OF THE TROUGH AND
   A STRENGTHENING LEE SFC LOW WILL RESULT IN STRONG SFC WINDS. WITH
   WARM AND DRY WEATHER EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE
   SOUTHWEST...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED.
   
   ...ERN NV...MUCH OF UT/AZ/NM...S CNTRL WY...WRN CO...FAR WRN TX...
   ANOTHER DAY OF CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TODAY.
   HIGH-END CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NERN AZ/FAR SERN
   UT INTO NWRN NM AND FAR SWRN CO. DISPARITY BETWEEN FORECAST MODELS
   WITH RESPECT TO THE STRENGTH OF SFC WIND FIELDS WILL PRECLUDE THE
   UPGRADE TO EXTREMELY CRITICAL IN THESE LOCATIONS...BUT SHOULD MODELS
   COME INTO BETTER AGREEMENT OR SFC OBSERVATIONS LATER THIS MORNING
   WARRANT IT...AN UPGRADE COULD BECOME NECESSARY.  EITHER WAY...STRONG
   SWLY WINDS WILL IMPACT THE REGION WITH SPEEDS OF 20-30 MPH AND
   HIGHER GUSTS EXPECTED. RH VALUES WILL FALL INTO THE 6-12 PERCENT
   RANGE AS TEMPERATURES WARM INTO THE 80S AND 90S. A COLD FRONT WILL
   MOVE ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA /EXCEPT SRN PORTIONS OF THE CRITICAL/
   DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS AND SWLY WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE N/NE.
   
   ...ERN NM...
   RH VALUES WILL BE CRITICALLY LOW /IN THE SINGLE DIGITS/ WITH HIGHS
   IN THE 90S TO NEAR 100 DEGREES. HOWEVER...WIND SPEEDS APPEAR MORE
   MARGINAL THAN FURTHER WEST ACROSS THE CRITICAL AREA. SPEEDS NEAR 15
   MPH GUSTING TO 25 ARE POSSIBLE. WHERE FUELS ARE DRY...WIND DRIVEN
   FIRES COULD POSE AN ENHANCED THREAT.
   
   ...SACRAMENTO VALLEY...NRN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...
   DRY...NLY POST-FRONTAL SFC WINDS NEAR 15-20 MPH ARE EXPECTED TODAY.
   ALTHOUGH HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL BE BELOW NORMAL...MODERATE DROUGHT
   CONDITIONS AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIP MAY LEAD TO A MARGINAL THREAT.
   
   ...PLEASE SEE WWW.SPC.NOAA.GOV/FIRE FOR GRAPHIC PRODUCT...
   
      
Day 2 Fire Weather Forecast graphic

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   FNUS22 KWNS 091934
   
   DAY 2 FIRE WEATHER OUTLOOK  
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0234 PM CDT SAT JUN 09 2012
   
   VALID 101200Z - 111200Z
   
   ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR SERN AZ...CNTRL/SRN NM...FAR SW
   TX...
   ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR SERN WY...
   
   ...SERN AZ...CNTRL/SRN NM...FAR SW TX...
   PREVIOUS FORECAST GENERALLY REMAINS ON TRACK. WITH THE EXPECTED
   DEVELOPMENT OF A LEE SURFACE TROUGH...SUSTAINED WLY WINDS NEAR 20
   MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS SEEM FEASIBLE. STEEP LOW LEVEL LAPSE RATES AND
   A DEEPLY MIXED BOUNDARY LAYER CAN BE ANTICIPATED...WITH TEMPERATURES
   IN THE 90S TO NEAR 105 F AT LOWER ELEVATIONS YIELDING MINIMUM
   RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES NEAR 4 TO 10 PERCENT. GIVEN SEVERAL ONGOING
   FIRES...HAVE OPTED TO UPGRADE TO CRITICAL. A WLY LOW LEVEL JET IS
   EXPECTED TO DEVELOP DURING THE EVENING...PARTICULARLY FROM SWRN NM
   INTO SWRN OK. THE STRENGTHENED WLY WINDS WILL POSE A THREAT TO
   ONGOING FIRES...ESPECIALLY AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS. SURFACE WINDS WILL
   GRADUALLY WEAKEN AND SHIFT TO NWLY OVERNIGHT WHILE THE LOW LEVEL JET
   PROGRESSES INTO OK/TX...WITH POOR RELATIVE HUMIDITY RECOVERY
   ANTICIPATED.
   
   ...SERN WY...
   PREVIOUS FORECAST REMAINS ON TRACK. OPTED TO UPGRADE SERN WY DUE TO
   STRONG WINDS...NEAR CRITICAL RELATIVE HUMIDITIES...AND THE ONGOING
   FIRE. ALTHOUGH MODEL FORECASTS GENERALLY SUGGEST MINIMUM RELATIVE
   HUMIDITIES NEAR 17 TO 20 PERCENT...DOWNSLOPE WINDS MAY BE SUFFICIENT
   ENOUGH TO LOWER THESE VALUES TO CRITICAL THRESHOLDS.
   
   ...SACRAMENTO VALLEY...NRN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY...
   HIGHER TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 80S TO NEAR 90 F WILL BE COMMON ON
   SUNDAY...WITH A SIMILAR AIR MASS TO SATURDAY SUPPORTING MINIMUM
   RELATIVE HUMIDITIES AROUND 8 TO 15 PERCENT. WITH A WEAKENING
   PRESSURE GRADIENT...NLY WINDS WILL BE LIGHTER...AROUND 10 TO 15 MPH.
   GIVEN RECENT DRYNESS AND MODERATE DROUGHT...AN ENHANCED FIRE THREAT
   MAY EXIST.
   
   ..HURLBUT.. 06/09/2012
   
   .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 0247 AM CDT SAT JUN 09 2012/
   
   ...SYNOPSIS...
   UPPER LOW OVER NERN MT/SRN SK WITH ATTENDANT TROUGH EXTENDING SWD
   TOWARD AZ/NM WILL PROGRESS EWD INTO THE PLAINS/UPPER MIDWEST ON
   SUNDAY. STRONG FLOW WRAPPING AROUND THIS SYSTEM WILL BE MOVING NEWD
   AWAY FROM CNTRL ROCKIES...WHERE CONDITIONS WILL REMAIN DRY.
   HOWEVER...WINDS ARE STILL EXPECTED TO BE STRONG INTO THE AFTERNOON
   BEHIND A SFC COLD FRONT PUSHING EWD INTO THE CNTRL PLAINS.
   
   ...SERN WY...
   WINDS WILL REMAIN STRONG AS HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS OVER THE GREAT
   BASIN AND A SFC TROUGH SHIFTS E OF THE AREA...CREATING A MODERATELY
   STRONG PRESSURE GRADIENT. WLY WINDS NEAR 20 MPH GUSTING TO 35 MPH
   ARE POSSIBLE. DAYTIME TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE COOLER BEHIND
   THE AFOREMENTIONED COLD FRONT WITH HIGHS IN THE 60S. THESE COOLER
   TEMPERATURES MAY RESULT IN ONLY MARGINAL RH VALUES...AROUND 15-20
   PERCENT. HOWEVER...GIVEN THE WLY COMPONENT...DOWNSLOPE COULD RESULT
   IN WARMER TEMPERATURES/DRIER CONDITIONS AND AN UPGRADE TO CRITICAL
   MAY BE NEEDED DEPENDING ON FORECAST TRENDS. 
   
   ...SRN NM/FAR SW TX...
   CONDITIONS WILL BE VERY DRY AND BREEZY BUT EXPECT WIND SPEEDS TO
   REMAIN BELOW CRITICAL LIMITS AS THIS AREA REMAINS FURTHER REMOVED
   FROM STRONGER DEEP LAYER FLOW /ONLY ABOUT 20 KT THROUGH 600 MB/.
   WHILE RH VALUES WILL ONCE AGAIN FALL INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS...WIND
   SPEEDS NEAR 15 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS ARE POSSIBLE. STRONGER WINDS
   MAY BE POSSIBLE LOCALLY IN FAVORED DOWNSLOPE AREAS BUT WIDESPREAD
   CRITICAL CONDITIONS ARE NOT ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME.
   
   ...PLEASE SEE WWW.SPC.NOAA.GOV/FIRE FOR GRAPHIC PRODUCT...
   
      

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