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Fire Weather Planning Forecast for SW VA...SE WV and NW NC
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
526 AM EST Thu Dec 2 2021


...Elevated Wind Speeds Today And Tonight With Frequent Gusts...
...Above Normal Temperatures Through Friday...
...Trending Much Drier Friday... 

High pressure is centered over the southern U.S. with a trough
of Low pressure passing across the Great Lakes and New England. 
Strong westerly wind flow exists between these two features, 
and this will be the primary focus over the next 24 hours as 
the forecast area will experience breezy and warmer conditions. 
Dry weather is expected through the upcoming weekend, then
transition into a wetter pattern for next week.

Concerns to consider through Friday:

Temperatures: Readings areawide are expected to be 15 degrees
above the seasonal norm with daytime highs in the 60s to around
70 and overnight lows in the 40s. 

Wind: Strongest today and tonight with sustained speeds of 10 
to 20 mph and gusts in the 25 to 35 mph range...diminishing 

Humidity: Falling into the 35 to 45 percent range today...modest
recovery tonight followed by the driest conditions Friday with
minimums in the 20 to 35 percent range...the lowest readings
occurring across Virginia.

Fuels: Dry antecedent conditions are being observed across the
entire service area. No significant rain (0.25 or more) has  
occurred in the mountains since November 12th. Parts of the 
Piedmont near Danville, VA, have eclipsed an entire month (now
approaching 45 days) since a significant rain event.

Including the city of Wilkesboro
526 AM EST Thu Dec 2 2021

                      Today        Tonight      Fri          

Cloud cover           Mclear       Mclear       Mclear       
Precip type           None         None         None         
Chance precip (%)     0            0            0            
Min/Max Temp          70           46           70           
Max/Min RH %          35           69           35           
Wnd20ft2min/Early(mph)W  5         W  8G17      W  5G17      
Wnd20ft2min/Late(mph) W  9G22      W  7G17      SW  5        
Precip amount         0.00         0.00         0.00         
Precip duration                                              
Precip begin                                                 
Precip end                                                   
Mixing hgt(ft-AGL)    3490                      3160         
Transport wnd (mph)   W 24                      SW  6        
Vent rate (mph-ft)    84280                     18170        
Dispersion(evening)                FAIR                      
LAL                   1            1            1            
Haines Index          4            4            4            
ADI early             62 GOOD      11 POOR      32 FAIR      
ADI late              58 GEN GOOD  9 POOR       31 FAIR      
Max LVORI early       5            2            3            
Max LVORI late        1            3            2            


.FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper
40s. Highs in the mid 60s. Minimum RH 43 percent. Northwest winds
5 to 10 mph. 
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...Partly cloudy. Cooler. Lows in the
upper 30s. Highs in the lower 50s. Minimum RH 52 percent. East
winds 5 to 10 mph. 
.SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY...Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain
showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the mid 50s. Minimum RH
47 percent. West winds 10 to 15 mph. 
.MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.
Highs in the mid 40s. Minimum RH 32 percent. Southwest winds
10 to 15 mph. 
.TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY...Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain
showers. Lows in the lower 30s. Highs in the upper 40s. Minimum
RH 64 percent. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Temperatures above normal.  Precipitation near normal.