Floyd Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 4:13 AM EDT on March 31, 2015

...Increased fire danger today...

Dry air remained in place overnight...maintaining low relative humidity which has resulted in little recovery of fine fuel moisture. Strong southwesterly winds are expected today as deep low pressure passes across the southern Great Lakes this afternoon. The southwesterly flow will cause afternoon temperatures to range from the mid 60s to the lower 70s...and drive relative humidity values to near 20 percent for several hours during the afternoon. Wind speeds during the afternoon will range from 15 mph to 20 mph...with gusts as high as 30 mph for much of the area...possibly reaching 40 mph across the higher ridges. The combination of dry fuels...low relative humidity and gusty winds will heighten fire danger today. Conditions will improve during the evening as a cold front brings cooler air into the area.

Please advise the appropriate officials and fire crews in the field of this Fire Danger Statement.

Additional fire weather information is available on our web site at http://www.Weather.Gov/rnk

1042 PM EDT Mon Mar 30 2015

...Increased fire danger Tuesday afternoon...

A cold front with limited moisture will drop south across the region on Tuesday. Temperatures will climb into the lower 60s to the lower 70s Tuesday afternoon. Relative humidity values could fall into the lower to mid 20s for several hours with readings possibly reaching into the teens along the ridges. Fine fuels will see enhanced drying Tuesday as heating and mixing combine allowing fuel moisture levels to drop to near critical values during the afternoon hours. Westerly winds will range from around 10 mph to 20 mph. The Ridgetop winds could average around 20 to 25 mph Tuesday afternoon. Winds could gusts up to 40 mph in the higher elevations Tuesday afternoon. The combination of dry air and fuels will heighten fire danger.

Please advise the appropriate officials and fire crews in the field of this Fire Danger Statement.

Additional fire weather information is available on our web site at http://www.Weather.Gov/rnk

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