The Facebook caption “Tuesday will be a WAR day with extra staffing” doesn’t show with the photo, but this message from Mulvane Fire Department reflects the concern fire departments across the state have about today’s weather conditions.
Lowest Relative Humidity Forecast Today
Highest Forecast Wind Gust Today
Fire and Wind Advisories, Warnings as of 6am
As I said in today’s briefing, in the gold area fires will be nearly impossible to control. The brown area underlays the pink, and indicates wind gusts will be “only” up to 55mph. Still, fires will spread rapidly and be extremely difficult to control. In the entire pink and gold area please be extra cautious about things which could accidentally start a fire like dragging trailer safety chains, discarded cigarettes, and even parking in high grass (something we watch very closely while chasing in these conditions).
For more about the system that’s causing all this, see Matt’s excellent outlook posted late last night.
I've chased storms and reported on the weather in some form now for almost 40 years. My first severe weather coverage was in the summer of 1981 on an FM station in Pratt, KS.
I worked for KFDI News, including many hours in the Mobile Units during storm season, for six years. I went to KWCH12 as their storm chase coordinator for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Then I went into business for myself and have been chasing actively since 2005.
2020 brings some new things to the site, but at the core I still am driven to connect my understanding of weather and safety to you, giving accurate and timely information the best ways I can with the tools available. I'm gratified to have you along for the ride!