Fire risk to watch out west
Focused in southwestern CA once again
JOPLIN, Mo. — Out in the western United States, an upper level wave will continue to push through and allow surface system development at the surface across the western Great Basin. As the day continues, the surface system will weaken and not allow a tight pressure gradient to continue with high sustained wind speeds across the state of California.
Until we see the wind speeds die down enough by the start of the afternoon, the wind will interact with low relative humidity values (especially values between 3% and 10% by the afternoon). With fuels remaining dry and capable of some wildfire spread, an elevated fire risk is out for southwestern California mainly away from the coast. We’ll continue to watch the fire risk across the Lower 48 throughout the rest of the week.
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