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Barry Fading Away; Attention Turns To Major Summer Heat Wave

Post-Tropical Barry continues to steadily weaken and will fade away over the next day or two. The decaying system may still produce very heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley. Attention on the weather then shifts from Barry to a major summer heat wave mid to late week into the weekend, across much of the Central and Eastern states. Read More >

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  • Fire Weather Watch - Issued when the onset of Red Flag conditions is anticipated within the next 24 to 48 hours.  Red Flag criteria are detailed below.
  • Red Flag Warning - Issued when a combination of low humidity, strong winds, and dry fuels is forecast to result in an unusually high wildfire risk within the next 12 to 24 hours.  Three criteria should be met, including relative humidity less than 25%, 20-foot sustained winds greater than 15 mph, and 10-hour fuel stick moisture less than 9%.  A warning may also be issued at the request of local land management agencies.