Very strong winds predicted for Black Hills

Wind gusts up to 60 in the forecast

Weather forecast-Black Hills
Weather forecast for the Pactola Lake area of the central Black Hills in South Dakota, created at 1:30 p.m. MST, February 6, 2016. Click to enlarge.

The National Weather Forecast has issued a High Wind Warning for the Black Hills in Wyoming and South Dakota for this weekend. From 11 p.m. CST Saturday until 8 p.m. CST on Sunday forecasters expect northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60.

wind forecast 2-7-2016 black hills
Updated graphic forecast added at 8:20 a.m. MST, February 7, 2016.

In the Central Black Hills area near Pactola Lake, elevation 4,797, the temperature on Sunday will max out at about 33 degrees with a minimum humidity of 39 percent. The winds there on Sunday will be northwest from 28 to 38 mph with gusts from 40 to 53 mph.

At Rapid City, 3,600 feet, it will be warmer on Sunday — 37 degrees — with an RH of 37 percent and wind gusts up to 64 mph.

We can’t find a fire weather forecast, but have heard nothing about a Red Flag Warning.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

4 thoughts on “Very strong winds predicted for Black Hills”

  1. Yep Johnny, saw that in NE Oregon years ago-slash pile private land next to
    (as in 100ft.) State land. 60Mph wind and about 30% humidity. That sucker traveled rather nicely though a pine thicket and up a hill before wind switch.
    No one on that logging crew thought it could happen. Everyone was scrambling. I was working with my Pop who was a faller in that crew.
    I Bumped knots and oiled… Never forgot that.

  2. Who has the fuel moister sticks? Or, if a new start or burning slash pile is allowed to “jump” into the canopy of Ponderosa (yellow pine) with those wind values don’t get in its path. It is not uncommon to destroy several hundreds of acres of timber in a few hours even with snow patches on the ground. Timber plantations (10 to 20 years old) seem to be the most at risk.


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