Fire Weather Watch in effect Tuesday afternoon/evening for parts of western IA

News, Weather

March 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

For MONONA & HARRISON Counties….

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE issued 325 AM CDT MON MAR 26 2012

FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING

DANGEROUS FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY

A WEAK COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH ON TUESDAY, BRINGING LITTLE CHANGE TO TEMPERATURES BUT MUCH DRIER AIR. BEHIND THE FRONT. WESTERLY WINDS WILL REACH AROUND 15 TO 20 MPH, WITH GUSTS OF 25 TO 30 MPH POSSIBLE. THE COMBINATION OF VERY LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CREATE EXTREMELY HIGH FIRE DANGER.

RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL DROP TO 15 TO 20 PERCENT BY NOON TUESDAY ACROSS THE AREA, AND WILL REMAIN LOW UNTIL SUNSET. ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.