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Fire Weather Risk is Elevated

September 14th, 2020
Low humidity, warm temperatures, and breezy conditions have raised the risk for Wildfires across Wyoming.
Low humidity, warm temperatures, and breezy conditions have raised the risk for Wildfires across Wyoming.(KGWN)
Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 12:11 PM CDT
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The weather last week was nothing short of the word bizarre. This time last week temperatures still felt like summer. Then Monday night a powerful cold front dropped temperatures below freezing a brought enough snow for at least a little bit of accumulation. The rest of the week was spent slowly warming back up, including a nice rain shower that lasted over an hour in Cheyenne on Friday. By Saturday temperatures were back in the 70s with the 80s returning yesterday. That heat will continue this week, however temperatures are not expected to climb any more. With a whole lot of sunshine overhead this week along with low humidity and temperatures that are above average for this time of year, expect wildfire risks to be high once again. The peak of wildfire season lasts through most of September, and the temperature trend into NEXT week is also above average for this time of year with a precipitation trend that is below average for this time of year.

Forecast humidity values across Wyoming are almost all below 20%. This is favorable for wildfire development.
Forecast humidity values across Wyoming are almost all below 20%. This is favorable for wildfire development.(KGWN)

Drought conditions around Wyoming are continuing to worsen, and with a whole lot of sun expected this week and scarce rain chances expect the next one (released Thursday at 8:30 AM EDT) to have more bad news for Wyoming. The wildfire risk for today is elevated across almost the entire state. Additionally the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Red Flag Warnings for Western Wyoming as well as Northeastern Wyoming until 9 PM tonight. Cities included are Casper, Gillette, and Buffalo along with Jackson, Cody, and Yellowstone. This is largely due to breezy conditions expected today for these regions.

The NWS has issued Red Flag Warnings until 9:PM MDT for Northeast and Western Wyoming.
The NWS has issued Red Flag Warnings until 9:PM MDT for Northeast and Western Wyoming.(KGWN)

The winds today are also doing no favors in air quality; expect hazy conditions later today thanks to smoke being brought into Wyoming thanks to the wind. For the southeastern part of the state in places like Cheyenne and Laramie, southern winds will bring smoke north from the Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County, CO. The southwest breezes in places like Rawlins, Casper, and Gillette will be bringing smoke from the California wildfires to more of the Cowboy State. That will likely hang around into the overnight hours and clear out a bit tomorrow as the winds shift to a more northerly flow, pushing the smoke southward.

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