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Weather Alerts - (Beadle, SD)

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VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION TODAY


WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH AT TIMES. WIND SPEEDS WILL DIMINISH THROUGH THE JAMES RIVER VALLEY AND POINTS WESTWARD BY MID TO LATE AFTERNOON, BUT HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL DROP TO CRITICAL LEVELS AT THE SAME TIME. HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL BE SOMEWHAT HIGHER TO THE EAST TOWARD SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA AND ADJACENT AREAS. HOWEVER, WINDS WILL ALSO REMAIN STRONGEST IN THESE AREAS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. THUS FIRE DANGER WILL REACH EXTREME LEVELS ACROSS THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON. A RED FLAG WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE LOWER BRULE, JAMES RIVER VALLEY, AND MISSOURI RIVER/LOWER BIG SIOUX VALLEY AREAS THIS AFTERNOON, WHERE THE LOWEST HUMIDITY LEVELS ARE EXPECTED. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE MIDDLE BIG SIOUX VALLEY, SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA, AND THE IOWA GREAT LAKES WHERE HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL BE HIGHER. WESTERLY FLOW ON MONDAY SHOULD FAVOR STRONG MIXING, RESULTING IN AFTERNOON WIND GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH OR SLIGHTLY HIGHER, ALONG WITH MINIMUM HUMIDITY LEVELS FROM 20 TO 25 PERCENT OVER MUCH OF THE THE AREA. FIRE DANGER WILL BE VERY HIGH THROUGHOUT THE AREA, BUT COULD APPROACH EXTREME IF WINDS BECOME SLIGHTLY STRONGER THAN FORECAST. ELEVATED FIRE DANGER LEVELS WILL BE POSSIBLE AGAIN WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. CONSIDER POSTPONING BURNING DUE TO THE EXTREME FIRE DANGER. PEOPLE ARE URGED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CARE WITH RESPECT TO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES THAT COULD CAUSE GRASS FIRES. AVOID EQUIPMENT THAT CAN CAUSE SPARKS NEAR DRY GRASS OR BRUSH. DO NOT TOSS CIGARETTES ON THE GROUND. REPORT NEW FIRES QUICKLY TO THE NEAREST FIRE DEPARTMENT OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE. , EXTREME FIRE DANGER, THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER INDEX WILL REACH THE EXTREME CATEGORY THIS AFTERNOON. EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS OR A VERY LOW MOISTURE CONTENT OF GRASSES, AND OTHER DRY ORGANIC MATERIAL ON THE GROUND, INDICATE THAT CRITICAL BURNING CONDITIONS EXIST. A FIRE WILL START EASILY AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME LARGE AND SPREAD QUICKLY BECOMING ERRATIC WITH EXTREME BEHAVIORAL CHARACTERISTICS. NO OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD TAKE PLACE. THE OUTLOOK FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON, THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER INDEX WILL REACH THE VERY HIGH CATEGORY.


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