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FIRE WEATHER PLANNING FORECAST FOR SW VA...SE WV AND NW NC
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
441 AM EDT THU APR 24 2014

.DISCUSSION...

...LOW HUMIDITY THIS AFTERNOON...BUT LIGHT WINDS...

HIGH PRESSURE WILL PROMOTE ONE MORE DAY OF LOW AFTERNOON
HUMIDITY. HOWEVER...WINDS WILL BE LIGHT. HUMIDITY MINIMUMS 
WILL DIP INTO THE 20-30 PERCENT RANGE DURING THE PEAK HEATING
PART OF THE AFTERNOON...WINDS LESS THAN 10 MPH. A COLD FRONT 
IS EXPECTED TO BRING WETTING SHOWERS ON FRIDAY...AMOUNTS OF 
A QUARTER INCH OR LESS.

CLOUDS WILL BE ON THE INCREASE TODAY DUE TO INCREASING 
MID AND UPPER LEVEL MOISTURE AHEAD OF FRIDAYS PREDICTED
FRONTAL PASSAGE.  SHADING TODAY WILL RANGE FROM 20 TO 60 
PERCENT...THE THICKER CLOUD COVER OCCURRING ACROSS WEST 
VIRGINIA...AND THE HIGHLANDS OF VIRGINIA.

TODAY IS DAY 8 SINCE WETTING RAINFALL. THIS HAS RESULTED IN
THE DRIEST FINE FUEL MOISTURE THAT WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS
SPRING SEASON. IN SPITE OF THIS...GREEN-UP IS WELL UNDERWAY
ALONG AND EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE.  CANOPY CLOSURE SHOULD TAKE
PLACE AT ELEVATIONS BELOW 2000 FEET BETWEEN NOW AND THE END
OF THE MONTH. ELEVATIONS ABOVE 2000 FEET WILL BE DELAYED 
UNTIL THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY...DUE TO THE COOLER
THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES WHICH HAVE PERSISTED FOR MUCH OF 
THIS SPRING.

NCZ018-242230-
WATAUGA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BOONE
441 AM EDT THU APR 24 2014

                      TODAY        TONIGHT      FRI          

CLOUD COVER           MCLEAR       PCLDY        MCLDY        
PRECIP TYPE           NONE         SHOWERS      SHOWERS      
CHANCE PRECIP (%)     0            30           60           
MAX/MIN TEMP          70           49           69           
MIN/MAX RH %          25           84           50           
WND20FT2MIN/EARLY(MPH)SE  3        S  6         SW  6G19     
WND20FT2MIN/LATE(MPH) S  5         S  6G18      W 11G31      
PRECIP AMOUNT         0.00         0.00         0.25         
PRECIP DURATION                    0            4            
PRECIP BEGIN                       3 AM         CONTINUING   
PRECIP END                         CONTINUING   6 PM         
MIXING HGT(FT-AGL)    6810                      6770         
TRANSPORT WND (MPH)   SW  5                     W 39         
VENT RATE (MPH-FT)    34050                     264030       
DISPERSION (EVENING)               POOR                      
LAL                   1            1            1            
HAINES INDEX          4            3            3            
ADI EARLY             23 FAIR      31 FAIR      75 GOOD      
ADI LATE              32 FAIR      12 POOR      114 VERY GOOD
MAX LVORI EARLY       5            2            4            
MAX LVORI LATE        2            4            1            

REMARKS...NONE.

.FORECAST FOR DAYS 3 THROUGH 7...
.FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE MID 40S.
HIGHS AROUND 70. MINIMUM RH 30 PERCENT. WEST WINDS 15 TO 20 MPH. 
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE MID 40S.
HIGHS AROUND 70. MINIMUM RH 48 PERCENT. SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO
10 MPH. 
.SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN.
LOWS IN THE UPPER 40S. HIGHS IN THE MID 60S. MINIMUM RH
59 PERCENT. SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. 
.MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY...CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS LIKELY AND A
CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOWS IN THE LOWER 50S. HIGHS IN THE
LOWER 60S. MINIMUM RH 74 PERCENT. SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. 
.TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS LIKELY.
LOWS IN THE UPPER 40S. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 60S. MINIMUM RH
61 PERCENT. SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH.

.OUTLOOK 8 TO 14 DAYS...
TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL.  PRECIPITATION ABOVE NORMAL.


 

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