Buckingham Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 9:04 AM EDT on March 31, 2015

...Increased fire danger today...

Strong southwesterly winds are expected today as deep low pressure passes across the mid Atlantic 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 to 30 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.

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

413 am EDT Tue Mar 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

Fire Weather Warning
Statement as of 4:00 AM EDT on March 31, 2015

...Red flag warning in effect from 11 am this morning to 6 PM EDT this evening.

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a red flag warning...which is in effect from 11 am this morning to 6 PM EDT this evening. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

* Humidity...20 to 30 percent. The lowest values are expected across central Virginia Tuesday afternoon.

* Winds...southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

* Fuel moisture...5 to 7 percent.

* Impacts...the combination of gusty winds...low relative humidity and low fuel moisture may enhance the threat for the spread of wildfires late Tuesday morning through Tuesday afternoon.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now...or will shortly. A combination of strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.