Another day of high winds, coupled with low humidity levels and dead and dried fuels, brings an extreme danger of fire today. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the entire Topeka forecast area until 7 P.M. tonight, when winds are expected to die back down to less dangerous levels.
The current pattern of dry air and high winds is associated with the very strong low pressure center currently centered over southern Ontario, which has brought sustained winds of over 40 miles per hour to much of the Northern Plains in its wake. As the low and associated trough move off to the north and east over the next 12 hours, the pressure gradient across the Plains will diminish, lessening the surface winds as a result. Sustained winds tomorrow should be between 10 and 15 miles per hour.