From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Fire Weather Warning

Drought, heat, and wind create risk of wild fires



Dry pasture in Christian County, KYCattle waiting out the midday heat under the trees

Here's a "Red Flag Warning" weather statement for our area today from the National Weather Service:

Statement as of 2:48 AM CDT on August 22, 2007

... Red flag warning in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 PM CDT this evening...

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a red flag warning... which is in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 PM CDT this evening for extreme southern Illinois and most of western Kentucky.

Extremely dry fuels... gusty winds and low relative humidities will make for a potentially volatile fire situation this afternoon. Any Sparks from vehicles such as farm combines or trains... could ignite grassland fires due to the very dry conditions. Gusty winds today could allow these fires to spread easily.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now... or will shortly. A combination of strong or gusty winds... low relative humidity... and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

Source: National Weather Service Watches, Warnings, and Advisories


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Drought in Western Kentucky

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