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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The NWS has issued a Red Flag Warning

Have you ever heard of a "Red Flag Warning"? I hadn't until about 5 minutes ago when I checked my weather at the National Weather Service web site (http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ifps/MapClick.php?CityName=Florence&state=CO&site=PUB). We had already been in a "Fire Weather Watch", and apparently a "Red Flag Warning" is a worsening of that condition. It is extremely dry and the last couple of days we've had temperatures in the low 80s. Winds could be at 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph. There are more criteria, but that's apparently enough to put us into a Red Flag Warning. Here's our actual warning:


RED FLAG WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
255 PM MDT WED APR 5 2006

...A RED FLAG WARNING FOR SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS AND GUSTS...LOW
RELATIVE HUMIDITY LEVELS AND DRY FUELS...REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL
9 PM THIS EVENING FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 9000 FEET IN FIRE WEATHER
ZONES 221...222 AND 225 THROUGH 237... INCLUDING PIKES PEAK AND
TELLER COUNTY...THE WET MOUNTAINS...THE SANGRE DE CRISTO
MOUNTAINS...FREMONT COUNTY...AND ALL OF THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS...

...A FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR STRONG WINDS AND DRY
FUELS...FROM 10 AM THURSDAY UNTIL 9 PM THURSDAY...FOR ELEVATIONS
BELOW 9000 FEET IN FIRE WEATHER ZONES 221...222 AND 225 THROUGH
237... INCLUDING PIKES PEAK AND TELLER COUNTY...THE WET
MOUNTAINS...THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS...FREMONT COUNTY...AND
ALL OF THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS

.THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PUEBLO...IN COORDINATION WITH
THE AREA LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES...HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING UNTIL 9 PM TONIGHT...AND A FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR
THURSDAY. A STORM SYSTEM MOVING OVER THE AREA WILL PRODUCE STRONG
SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH...WITH GUSTS OF 40 TO 45 MPH...
ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST MOUNTAINS AND PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO
THIS EVENING AND THEN AGAIN ON THURSDAY. THESE CONDITIONS COMBINED
WITH LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES AND DRY FUELS WILL CREATE CRITICAL
FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

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