Fire dangers out west Tuesday
Targeting the Desert Southwest
Many red flag warnings out in the Desert Southwest may expire this evening, but a wildfire risk will still be prevalent for Tuesday. The upper-level closed low in the Pacific Northwest will become an open wave on Tuesday as it moves to the east. With a strong jet streak forecast to develop ahead of the wave for Tuesday and leading to stronger mid-level flow, that will allow deep mixing and a strengthening surface pressure gradient to lead to gusty winds for the Desert Southwest. Low relative humidity values be present Tuesday across New Mexico, parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. That will cover the region with an elevated fire risk with gusty wind speeds and dry fuels across the region. A critical risk has been denoted across central New Mexico and a sliver of the Texas Panhandle due to sustained wind speeds projected to be over 20 to 25 mph during the afternoon.