Weather Conditions Ripe for Red Flag Warning

Jun 20th @ 9:01 am in News by Scott Staley


(Montrose, CO)

Hot, windy conditions are forecast to prevail for the duration of the work week, triggering a Red Flag warning by the National Weather Service that is in effect across the Western Slope.  NWS Meteorologist Ellen Heffernan says that forecasters work closely with land use managers utilizing a specific formula that triggers the Red Flag warning being issued.

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Heffernan says relative humidity, wind velocity and duration, and information provided by land use managers on how dry conditions are on the ground with ground fuels all factor into the Red Flag formula.  Forecast of “dry lightning” and “dry thunder” events may also trigger a Red Flag warning being issued.