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Red Flag Warning West to East Across Oklahoma- The Latest Graphic

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:36:06 CDT

Red Flag Warning West to East Across Oklahoma- The Latest Graphic Thursday's weather outlook shows that the National Weather Service people have elevated into a Red Flag warning several Oklahoma counties from west to east. The graphic above shows the various levels of fire danger, our thanks to Jed Castles of News9 for this map showing the fire danger zones.

Counties involved int he Norman NWS area include:

Beckham County, OK
Caddo County, OK
Canadian County, OK
Cleveland County, OK
Garvin County, OK
Grady County, OK
Hughes County, OK
Lincoln County, OK
McClain County, OK
Oklahoma County, OK
Pottawatomie County, OK
Seminole County, OK
Washita County, OK

And in the Tulsa NWS service area:

Creek County, OK
Hughes County, OK
McIntosh County, OK
Okfuskee County, OK
Okmulgee County, OK
Pittsburg County, OK




And the warning that has been issued is as follows from the National Weather Service Office in Norman( and from the NWS office in Tulsa for those eastern counties involved)


Here's the info as released early this morning:


RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO
10 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR VERY WARM TEMPERATURES...GUSTY WINDS...AND
LOW HUMIDITY FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL...SOUTHERN...AND SOUTHWESTERN
OKLAHOMA...AND WESTERN NORTH TEXAS...

* WINDS...FROM SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA TO WESTERN NORTH
TEXAS...WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH ARE
EXPECTED. ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA...WINDS OF 20 TO
25 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS WILL SHIFT
FROM WEST OR SOUTHWEST...TO NORTHWEST LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO
THIS EVENING.

* HUMIDITY...8 TO 20 PERCENT.

* TEMPERATURE...78 TO 90 DEGREES.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL SPREAD RAPIDLY. OUTDOOR
BURNING IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REFRAIN FROM BURNING...OR ANY ACTIVITIES THAT MAY SPARK A FIRE
SUCH AS OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY OVER DRY VEGETATION...THROWING
CIGARETTES OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE....OR WORKING WITH WELDING
EQUIPMENT OUTDOORS.

FIRES MAY START EASILY AND SPREAD RAPIDLY. REPORT SMOKE OR FIRE
TO YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT.


Eastern Oklahoma has some thunderstorms that could occur from Tulsa eastward- Alan Crone with the News on 6 explains in his daily blog entry:


"This morning a few spotty showers or even thunderstorms will remain possible, but the chance will be low. As the main upper level trough located across the desert southward lifts northeast into the central U.S, the cold front and dry line will move eastward. The fire danger will increase to near Red flag warning criteria across western and central OK as the dry line this region by midday.    Far Eastern OK will remain in a favorable location for thunderstorm development that could be strong to severe. Unlike yesterday, more upper level dynamic energy (lift) will be moving near the state by early to late afternoon providing a chance for thunderstorm development this afternoon.

"The hi-res models continue to suggest most of the storms will remain east of the Tulsa area. But it will be close. Storms could develop very close to Tulsa by 1pm to 2pm and then expand eastward with additional storm development across eastern OK near and east of highways 69-75 between 3pm and 5pm. Severe parameters will increase further east and a moderate risk of severe weather is posted for a large portion of Arkansas and points east-northeast. The main threat for thunderstorm activity this afternoon will be large hail and damaging winds for storms in the initial development stage. But as storms become mature and sustained, shear profiles would support an increase in tornado threats. By the time this process occurs, most storms will either be near the Ok-Ark state line or more eastward into Arkansas. In summary, we continue to have a slight chance of storms in Tulsa today, but higher chances will be located across far eastern OK."


To read Alan's full description of today's weather outlook, click here.




   

 

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