By: Robb Lawson
High pressure over the Mississippi Valley and intensifying low pressure over the high plains, set-up a tight pressure gradient across the Central Plains on Tuesday April 15h. See Image 1.This tight pressure gradient resulted in very strong south winds across Central and South Central Kansas. Image 2 shows the highest wind gusts from Tuesday April 15th. Along with producing dangerous driving conditions, these strong winds also elevated the fire danger with grass fires over Barber and McPherson counties difficult to contain. Image 3 is a visible satellite image showing smoke from the large grass fire in Northern Barber County.