Storm Prediction Center Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook
Created: Fri Feb 9 07:51:02 UTC 2018 ( | )
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ZCZC SPCFWDDY1 ALL FNUS21 KWNS 090750 Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0150 AM CST Fri Feb 09 2018 Valid 091200Z - 101200Z ...Synopsis... Quasi-zonal flow should transition to broadly cyclonic over the CONUS today as a shortwave trough moves southeastward over the Pacific Northwest. Mid-level westerly flow should gradually strengthen over the southern High Plains by this evening. At the surface, an area of low pressure will deepen over the central/southern High Plains, with lee troughing extending southward from this low across eastern NM. A cold front will move southward across the central/southern Plains through the period. ...Portions of the Southern High Plains... In response to a strengthening surface pressure gradient and modestly increasing mid-level westerly winds, sustained surface winds around 15 to locally 20 mph appear likely across part of eastern NM into west TX this afternoon. Downslope warming/drying at low levels will reduce RH values into generally the 10-20% range for a few hours through peak heating. Coupled with dry/dormant fuels, these expected meteorological conditions support an elevated designation across this region. The lack of even stronger forecast winds precludes a critical area. ..Gleason.. 02/09/2018 ...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product...
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