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Fire Weather Threat is Back for Wyoming

August 6th, 2020
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 12:14 PM CDT
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The week is almost over, and so is that pattern that has brought the potential for severe weather every day so far this week. There is still a bit of a severe weather threat; the far eastern counties in Wyoming along with the Nebraska Panhandle are under a Marginal (Level 1) risk for severe weather per the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Some of the cities in the area include Cheyenne, Scottsbluff, and Douglas. There isn’t that much of a threat at all today, more than likely there will not be many storms as a drier air mass moves in, but the risk is a bit higher for locations in Nebraska than for those in Wyoming. The main risks for today’s severe potential are hail and some strong gusts.

The SPC has issued a Marginal risk for severe weather in Eastern Wyoming and Western Nebraska.
The SPC has issued a Marginal risk for severe weather in Eastern Wyoming and Western Nebraska.(KGWN)

As for the fire threat, that will likely be sticking with the Cowboy State throughout the weekend. There is some good news to go along with this, and that is the fact that there is not a lot of change with the new drought monitor. This is likely due to the rain from the middle of last week: it wasn’t taken into account for last week’s drought monitor, but it is included in the data for this week’s. That being said, a large chunk of Wyoming remains under at least a level 3 “Severe” drought, and thus fires are easy to start when conditions are forecast to be hot and dry, which is what Wyoming will be seeing this weekend. Cheyenne will be seeing temperatures in the 90s return for the first time in a few weeks as we finish the first week of August. Meanwhile Casper will barely see any temperatures that aren’t at least 90 degrees for the foreseeable future. The fire weather risk for today is likely highest for the southwestern portion of the state however, despite the fact that the worst drought conditions are in the central region of the state. Breezy conditions are expected for cities such as Evanston, Rock Springs, and Rawlins this afternoon, so if fires were to start in that region they would likely spread faster than in a place such as Cheyenne.

The drought conditions are very similar to last week.
The drought conditions are very similar to last week.(KSFY)

The fire weather risk will likely carry into the weekend and for some locations beyond, however a cold front early next week will affect the southeastern part of the state and bring a chance for some rain on Monday.

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