New Fire Weather Products Are Now Available (10/6/2006)

By: Mary-Beth Schreck

On October 3 2006 the National Weather Service office in Wichita KS began issuing some new fire weather products. The following products are now being issued:

On October 3 2006 the National Weather Service office in Wichita KS began issuing some new fire weather products. The following products are now being issued:

Fire Weather Planning Forecast: This product will be issued once daily by 6 AM throughout the year and will be updated as needed. This product will be in tabular format for the first two days with a detailed forecast of fire weather-specific elements. Days 3-7 will be a more general forecast in narrative format. This product can be found on our Internet homepage under the Fire Weather program area or at the following address: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ict/?n=firewx

Fire Weather Watch/Red Flag Warning: The Fire Weather Watch will be issued when red flag conditions are likely in 24 to 48 hours, while a Red Flag Warning will be issued when red flag conditions are likely within 24 hours. Red flag conditions are met when dry fuels exist with either winds and relative humidity criteria as stated below or dry thunderstorms for 3 or more hours:

- Sustained surface winds 20 MPH or more or gusts of 25 MPH or more

- Relative humidity values near 20 percent or below

- Widely scattered or greater coverage of dry thunderstorm activity

Fire Weather Watches/Red Flag Warnings will be posted on the map on our Internet home page when they are in effect.

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