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Posted on: January 23, 2014

[ARCHIVED] NWS RED FLAG WARNING FOR FRIDAY 10 AM THROUGH 8 PM

...RED FLAG WARNING FROM LATE MORNING THROUGH EVENING...

.STRONG AND GUSTY SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS WILL DEVELOP TODAY AS
ARCTIC HIGH PRESSURE DEPARTS THE REGION AND LOW PRESSURE
STRENGTHENS ACROSS ONTARIO. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH
GUSTS AT OR ABOVE 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED FROM LATE FRIDAY MORNING
INTO FRIDAY EVENING.

MEANWHILE...VERY DRY LOW LEVELS WILL PERSIST AS THE AREA OF HIGH
PRESSURE CUTS OFF ANY RETURNING MOISTURE FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO.
EVEN THOUGH TEMPERATURES WILL BE RELATIVELY COOL FOR TYPICAL RED
FLAG CONDITIONS...DEW POINTS WILL STRUGGLE TO INCREASE INTO THE
SINGLE DIGITS ABOVE ZERO. THIS WILL RESULT IN AFTERNOON RELATIVE
HUMIDITIES IN THE 15 TO 25 PERCENT RANGE. FINER FUELS SUCH AS
PRAIRIE GRASSES WILL THEREFORE BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO RAPID FIRE
GROWTH POTENTIAL.

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