Extreme fire weather predicted for areas in New Mexico and Texas

Strong winds and low RH

Warnings February 20 and 21, 2022. NWS.
Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches, February 20, 2022. NWS.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect Sunday for an area in the East Central Plains in Eastern New Mexico. The forecast calls for 8 to 13 percent relative humidity and 15 to 30 mph winds gusting out of the west at 40 mph.

Similar conditions are predicted for Monday in Southeast New Mexico and Eastern Texas where a Fire Weather Watch is in the forecast for 10 percent relative humidity and southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph gusting to 35. It is likely the Watch will be upgraded to a Red Flag Warning on Monday.

The Hot-Dry-Windy Index for Western Texas shows the fire danger increasing Sunday and Monday, reaching above the 75th or 90th percentiles Monday.

HDW Index, Western Texas fire danger
HDW Index, Western Texas, created FEb. 20, 2022.

Typos, let us know HERE, and specify which article. Please read the commenting rules before you post a comment.

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.