Thunderstorms Bring Wind, Water and New Wildfire Starts

Posted at 6:07 PM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 16:16:18-04

It’s complicated…this weekend’s weather that is.  Two separate storm systems will bring thunderstorms to the state.  These thunderstorms will produce lightning, which will likely spark new wildfires.  The thunderstorms will also create erratic outflow winds that switch direction and intensity, creating danger for firefighters working around the fires.  These storms will also produce much needed rain as well.  These thunderstorms will be scattered throughout the state both days, so some places will not get hit with storms while other areas may get hit two or three times.  The first storm system will move through from Friday night and Saturday, and the second system will hit Sunday night into Monday.  The storm systems will produce more in the way of cloud cover, cooler temperatures and an increase in relative humidity.  These conditions will ease the fire danger somewhat.  Overnight lows dropping into the 40s and 50s with a good recovery of relative humidity will help as well.  The air quality should remain at least “moderate” through the weekend, even though this storm will help filter out some of the smoke.  Don’t worry, there will be sunshine and comfortable temperatures as well this weekend.  Next week, the weather will dry out and warm up beginning on Tuesday.  Wednesday through Friday will likely have high fire danger once again with hot temperatures, low humidity and stronger wind.

Have a great weekend!

Curtis Grevenitz