At about 930 pm CT tonight, the NWS office in Norman & also in Tulsa expanded upon fire weather watches I mentioned in an earlier post. In all over 65 counties in Oklahoma are under a fire weather watch. It means a potential for red flag fire conditions to exists. With recent longevity of a drought, extreme to severe in almost all of Oklahoma, low humidities, plus strong winds, all will come together for the chance of wildfires to develop rapidly throughout the day Tuesday. Here is more from the NWS office out of Norman:
Fire Weather Watch in effect from Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening for most of central Oklahoma.
The National Weather Service in Norman has expanded the FireWeather Watch… which is in effect from Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening for a large part of central Oklahoma.
* Wind… south to southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts around 30 mph.
* Humidity… minimum 15 to 20 percent.
* Temperature… low to mid 70s.
* Impacts… any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
Precautionary/preparedness actions: Monitor weather forecasts and information.