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Critical Fire Weather Threats in the West; Storms in the High Plains

Gusty winds, very dry conditions, and areas of dry thunderstorms are producing Critical fire weather threats across the Great Basin, Northern Rockies, and into the Northern High Plains. Severe storms in the High Plains are primarily expected to contain damaging winds and large hail. Near record heat in the South and Central High Plains and the Northeast. Heat builds into the Southwest this week. Read More >

Slide 13

Misconception  of Tornadic Winds

Another misconception that is closely tied with the one described in slide 12 is that wind is confined to areas only INSIDE the visible funnel cloud. Generally speaking, the misconception is that the overpass bridge protects people underneath it by preventing the tornadic airflow from reaching the people.

A description of the situation much closer to reality is presented in slide 14 and slide 15.

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