High winds to continue into the eveningFebruary 25th, 2013 at 4:16 pm by Jim Spencer under Weather
Here is a message from the National Weather Service regarding today’s extremely high winds:
…Damaging 50 mph wind gusts to continue through this afternoon…Wind Advisories and Red Flag Warnings are in effect through 7 pm…Fire danger will be High…
AREA OF CONCERN….All of South Central Texas
IMPACTS…Sustained west/northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with occasional gusts to over 50 mph. Power outages, downed trees, and downed powerlines can be expected. Blowing dust may lower visibilities and driving will be difficult…especially high profile vehicles. Minor wind damage can be expected. Humidities below 20% will lead to a high fire danger. Any fire that gets started will spread very quickly. Grass fires have already been reported.
TIMING…Damaging wind gusts will continue through 7pm. Winds will slowly start to decrease after the sun goes down although winds of 20-30 mph are still expected until midnight. Wind directions will become more Northwest as the night progresses. With strong winds expected through the late evening hours…the high fire danger will continue through 7pm as well…diminishing by late evening as humidities increase.
DISCUSSION….A very strong storm system moving across the southern plains is causing a blizzard in the panhandle and windy/dry weather elsewhere. A front has pushed through the area…and winds have switched to the West. Sustained speeds of 25 to 35 mph…gusts could get over 50 mph. Dry air has moved into the area and humidities are below 20%. The combination of windy conditions, dry air, and plenty of dry grasses will allow for a high fire danger today. Some grass fires have already been reported. Wind Advisories and Red Flag Warnings are in effect until 7 pm tonight. Any wildfire or grass fire that does start will move quickly. Wind speeds will slowly decrease overnight but breezy conditions are still expected.
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