Lightning in the forecast for some western states

Wildfire smoke forecast

Red Flag Warnings wildfire Fire Weather Watches
Red Flag Warnings for August 27 (in red) and Fire Weather Watches for August 28 (in brown). NOAA.

The forecast for areas with Red Flag Warnings in effect Tuesday include gusty winds and low humidities. The Warning area for southwest Utah could also experience dry lightning from noon to 9 p.m. MDT Wednesday. The Fire Weather Watch areas (brown on the map above) are for Wednesday. Some areas in Oregon could receive lighting Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon with light rain.

Below is the forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 5 p.m. MDT August 27, 2019.

wildfire smoke forecast map
The forecast for 5 p.m. MDT August 27 for wildfire smoke, vertically integrated and near surface.

(Red Flag Warnings can be modified throughout the day as NWS offices around the country update and revise their weather forecasts.)

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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.