Temps are forecasted to reach the mid-to-upper 70s again today, which will combine with gusty winds and low humidity to create another round of critical fire weather conditions.

After this weekend, most of our fire districts’ pagers are probably sparking and smoking… so we had hoped to be able to share better news today about our fire danger. HOWEVER, instead we are faced with another Red Flag Warning day (today’s warning will be in effect from 10am to 8pm). Temps are forecasted to reach the mid-to-upper 70s again today, which will combine with gusty winds and low humidity to create another round of critical fire weather conditions. Sustained winds will sail along in the mid-20s while gusts are expected to reach the mid-30s.  To keep things interesting, we are also slated to have a significant wind switch throughout the day.  Our current south wind is forecasted to end up gusting from the north/northwest by the end of the day.

On the thunderstorm front, our chances are increasing to actually see some severe weather in our neck of the woods! However, instead of Wednesday being the big action day, Tuesday is looking much more promising for us. The Storm Prediction Center has identified a “Slight Risk” area for Tuesday, which includes most of the state from I-135 and eastward.  Their current outlook mentions the possibility of hail-producing supercells for us – any tornado threat is currently predicted to be focused down in Oklahoma.  Expect showers and thunderstorms to continue on into Thursday, but the severe threat is forecasted to transition to the southeastern portion of the state by Wednesday…  Stay tuned for more specifics.