Friday, December 28, 2007

FIRE WEATHER WATCH - SANTA ANA WIND EVENT NEW YEARS EVE

FIRE WEATHER WATCH - Red Flags flying New Years eve and New Years day
ALL OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

ONTARIO WEATHER SERVICE - Fire weather center
DECEMBER 28, 2007 - 6AM


ALL OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, EXCLUDING THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESERTS.... VALID NEW YEARS EVE AND NEW YEARS DAY FIRE WATCH : THE ONTARIO WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN ADVANCED OF THE POTENTIAL DAMAGING AND WARM SANTA ANA WIND EVENT ON NEW YEARS EVE, AND NEW YEARS DAY. THIS FIRE WATCH IS MAINLY FOR THE WARMTH THESE WINDS WILL BRING, AND DRY SURFACE LEVEL AIR. RELATIVE HUMIDITIES ARE EXPECTED TO GET INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS THESE DAYS. WE ARE GETTING THIS WORD OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE DANGER OF THIS EVENT IS NOT ONLY THE WINDS, BUT THE FIREWORKS ON NEW YEARS. ILLEGAL, AND LEGAL FIREWORKS WILL MEAN AN EVEN GREATER RISK OF WIDESPREAD FIRE DANGER POSSIBILITIES SO PLEASE TAKE THIS AS A NOTE.
THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH WILL DIE WITH THE WINDS ON WEDNESDAY AS ONSHORE FLOW RETURNS, UPPING THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY LEVELS.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FIRE DANGERS MAY BE JUST AS BAD AS SEEN ON OCTOBER 2007 BECAUSE OF FIREWORK PURCHASES AND USES DURING THE NEW YEARS EVE AND DAY TIME-FRAME.

OWS USES EVENTS TO DETERMINE FIRE DANGERS NOT JUST METEOROLOGICAL DATA. NEW YEARS AND JULY 4 ARE BIG EVENTS.
FIRE WEATHER WATCH WILL TURN TO FIRE WEATHER WARNING ON SATURDAY NIGHT, INTO SUNDAY MORNING WHEN THE EVENT NEARS. AM CONFIDENT IN MY FORECAST FOR THE WINDS, AND FIRE DANGERS.

Source: OWS

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