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RMNP Weather Decision Support

 

Click on any area for more detailed information on each Warning, Watch or Advisory.  

 

 

Temperature Forecast

 

Wind Forecast


 

 

Thunderstorm Outlook

(Today's Severe Weather Potential)

 

 

 

 

 

Lightning Legend         Lightning Safety Tips over Higher Terrain

 
Risk Level
Definition
None
No lightning risk
Limited
Thunderstorms expected to be isolated to scattered in coverage. 
Atmospheric conditions support cloud to ground lightning strikes in and near thunderstorms.
Elevated
Thunderstorms expected to be numerous in coverage.
  Atmospheric conditions support cloud to ground lightning strikes in and near thunderstorms.
Significant
Widespread thunderstorms are expected.
  Atmospheric conditions support cloud to ground lightning strikes in and near thunderstorms.
Extreme
Thunderstorms are expected with nearly continuous cloud to ground lightning strikes in and near thunderstorms.

 

 

Fire Weather Decision Support


Today's Fire Potential

 

Fire Weather Legend Wildfire weather Safety Tips
Risk Level


Definition

Low Open burning is usually safe with proper containers and precautions under low fire danger conditions.  
Residents should always check on local ordinances that prohibit open burning under any conditions.
Moderate

Open burning is usually safe with the proper precautions. 
Burning should be done in the early morning and late evening
to avoid windier and drier conditions from midday through mid-afternoon.

Residents should always check on local ordinances that prohibit open burning under any conditions.

High Approaching Red Flag conditions.
All open burning is discouraged due to increased wind and lower humidity except by experienced fire personnel. Increasing winds and lower humidity contribute to drying fuels.
Fires escape control more easily and containment is difficult for inexperienced fire personnel.
Very High Open burning should not be attempted.
Open fires can quickly escape and are very difficult to control, even for experienced fire fighters.
Conditions exceed minimum criteria for a Red Flag Warning in most cases.
Severe Very strong winds, well in excess of Red Flag Criteria combined with moderate to low humidity.
Fires will spread very quickly with spot fires common. 
Fire control is extremely difficult due to very strong winds.
***These definitions are geared towards the general public and general emergency management and should not be confused with the standard National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) adjectives used by wildland fire personnel

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Radar Image
(Brightest Colors indicate Strongest Storms)

 

Real Time Lightning Data 

Number of Lightning Strikes over a 2 Minute Period provided by COLMA (updated every 60 seconds)

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