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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 Union
526 AM EST Thu Dec 2 2021

                      Today        Tonight      Fri          

Cloud cover           Pcldy        Mclear       Mclear       
Precip type           None         None         None         
Chance precip (%)     0            0            0            
Min/Max Temp          61           38           60           
Max/Min RH %          45           68           33           
Wnd20ft2min/Early(mph)W  8G23      W 11G27      W  7G22      
Wnd20ft2min/Late(mph) W 12G29      NW  9G26     W  6         
Precip amount         0.00         0.00         0.00         
Precip duration                                              
Precip begin                                                 
Precip end                                                   
Mixing hgt(ft-AGL)    3440                      3660         
Transport wnd (mph)   W 33                      NW 21        
Vent rate (mph-ft)    114720                    75760        
Dispersion(evening)                GOOD                      
LAL                   1            1            1            
Haines Index          3            3            4            
ADI early             64 GOOD      21 FAIR      61 GOOD      
ADI late              77 GOOD      26 FAIR      64 GOOD      
Max LVORI early       5            2            2            
Max LVORI late        1            3            2            


.FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s.
Highs in the lower 50s. Minimum RH 44 percent. Northwest winds
5 to 10 mph. 
.SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower
30s. Highs in the mid 40s. Minimum RH 52 percent. Southeast winds
5 to 10 mph. 
.SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY...Mostly cloudy with rain showers
likely. Lows around 40. Highs in the upper 40s. Minimum RH
55 percent. West winds 10 to 15 mph. 
.MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s.
Highs in the upper 30s. Minimum RH 38 percent. Southwest winds
10 to 15 mph. 
.TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY...Mostly cloudy with rain showers
likely. Lows in the lower 30s. Highs in the mid 40s. Minimum RH
69 percent. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Temperatures above normal.  Precipitation near normal.