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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

FIRE WEATHER WATCH: DRY LIGHTNING PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV

IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS AND STRONG OUTFLOW WINDS

WHAT:  FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT - :DRY LIGHTNING POSSIBLE FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA THIS WEEKEND

WHY:. MOISTURE FROM THE SOUTH WILL MOVE NORTHWARD DURING THE DAY SATURDAY THIS MOISTURE WILL INTERACT WITH LOW PRESSURE MOVING NORTH TO PRODUCE ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS SATURDAY

WHEN: AFTERNOON AND SATURDAY NIGHT. 
 MOST STORMS LOOK TO BE DRY NORTH OF HIGHWAY 50 WITH ONLY LOCALIZED WETTING RAINS UNDER STORM CORES.
 THE STORMS MAY TRANSITION TO WET SUNDAY

WHERE: FIRE ZONE 271 WESTERN LASSEN - EASTERN PLUMAS - EASTERN SIERRA-EASTERN NEVADA COUNTIES - FIRE ZONE 272 GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA- FIRE ZONE 278 EASTERN LASSEN COUNTY- FIRE ZONE 450 WESTERN NEVADA SIERRA FRONT - FIRE ZONE 453 WEST CENTRAL NEVADA BASIN AND RANGE AND FIRE ZONE 458 NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY. 

 THUNDERSTORMS:  ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE SATURDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. THE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE MAINLY DRY WITH LOCALIZED WETTING RAINS UNDER CORES ONLY. 
 OUTFLOW WINDS: WIND GUSTS TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE NEAR ANY THUNDERSTORMS. 
 IMPACTS: LIGHTNING MAY CREATE NEW FIRE STARTS AND COMBINE WITH STRONG OUTFLOW WINDS TO PRODUCE RAPID FIRE GROWTH. 

 A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE. CHECK WEATHER.GOV/RENO FOR UPDATES AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.
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