Fire weather warnings, March 6, 2016

wildfire Red Flag Warnings 3-6-2016

The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches for areas in eight states: Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas New Mexico, and Arizona. As usual, strong winds accompanied by low relative humidities are the culprit.

It is a mixed bag of forecasts. The Watch areas, in yellow, are for critical fire weather on Monday. But some of the areas identified as being under a Red Flag Warning, in red, are also for Monday’s weather; other red areas are for Sunday. Check your local forecast for details.

Our preference would be for the red areas to only represent the present day’s conditions. At a predetermined time, for instance 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. the map would change to reflect the next day’s forecast.

But we are pleased that the National Weather Service has reduced their tendency to draw red flag areas along the imaginary lines of state borders.

The map was current as of 9:40 a.m. MDT on Sunday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts and maps. For the most current data visit this NWS site.

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. Google+