Not only I am monitoring severe weather chances for Oklahoma today & tomorrow, but Sunday looks like we could see an extremely dangerous wildfire situation. With the drought being long-term, the vegetation is a tenderbox, which means that any fire, aided with low humidity & strong winds, will spread very rapidly. I am monitoring this situation closely. Here is the latest write-up from the National Weather Service on this particularly dangerous situation.
… Extremely dangerous wildfire conditions expected Sunday…
Sunday has the potential to be a significant wildfire day over much of central and western Oklahoma and western North Texas. We expect to see a combination of weather features coming together by afternoon that will lead to hot, dry and windy conditions across a fairly large area.
Here’s what we’re expecting…
– The dryline moves east of Interstate 35 by early afternoon.
– Humidity levels will fall into the 10 to 15 percent range behind the dryline.
– West and southwest winds will increase to 30 to 40 mph with higher gusts.
Combine these weather ingredients with the very dry vegetation and the stage is set for fires to grow explosively and spread very quickly. Sunday’s fire threat could continue well into the evening as winds will be slow to die down.
Finally, a strong cold front will move southeast and bring a sharp wind shift with it. Winds will become northwest and stay strong even behind the front.
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