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Very high to extreme fire danger

by Bryan Painter Published: March 11, 2014
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From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office:

Very high to extreme fire weather conditions will exist across parts of western OK and western north TX today.

Meanwhile, a cold front will begin to move across the region this afternoon, with strong northerly winds behind the front.

Wind speeds will range from 25 to 35 mph, with gusts 45 to 55 mph possible behind the front.

If you want to check out wind speeds today, the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network provides that information from its

stations across the state:  http://www.mesonet.org/index.php/weather/category/wind

Colder temperatures and very strong north winds are expected overnight.

Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph will be common with gusts to near 50 mph in some areas.

Much cooler temperatures expected Wednesday, with afternoon highs in the 50s.

Winds will not be as strong as those seen late Tuesday, but remain from the north through the day.

Winds will be strongest during the morning hours, 20 to 30 mph,

with a gradual decrease through the afternoon.

And here’s a look at the drought conditions as of last week:

 

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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