Stacia Knight's Weather Blog: Fire Danger Today, Rain Tomorrow


Sunday, March 6th 2016, 1:14 pm
By: Stacia Knight


It’s a windy day across Green Country. A storm system is setting up to our west and the winds are getting stronger.

Today we could see wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour from the south.

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Humidity values will remain low and, coupled with strong winds, red flag warnings have been issued for several counties.

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Any fires that start today will spread quickly, making it harder for fire crews to contain. Spread rates this afternoon will be over 300 feet per minute.

Rain chances finally arrive; passing showers will be possible through the overnight hours and rain should expand across eastern Oklahoma Monday afternoon.

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Back to the west, storms will start to develop along a dryline; those storms will have the potential to become severe and move into eastern Oklahoma during the overnight hours.

We will watch those closely as the main threat will be damaging wind and large hail, but the tornado threat will remain low.

Tuesday we will see heavy rain and another round of storms, mainly across southeastern Oklahoma. This first system will move out by Wednesday afternoon and another one is right on its heels, coming in by Friday morning. 

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A lot of water is expected to fall and river flood could be an issue east and southeast of Tulsa.

But once the rain starts falling, at least, we will not have to worry about fires for a little while.