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Keep your butts to yourself


http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20180121/Fire.Marshall.Bill.png

A rare Sunday Ticker, for a not-so-rare situation during fire season, especially
given the drought situation. Fire danger will be high today, enough so that the
NWS has issued a RED FLAG FIRE WARNING, as seen in the graphic above. Winds will
be howling, the relative humidity will be plunging, and any fire that sparks will
have lots of potential to get quickly out of control. Think a daycare full of kids
on those 6-hour energy drinks. 

Things are serious enough that the Oklahoma Dept. of Emergency Management's 
Oklahoma Emergency Operations Center has been activated to coordinate state 
efforts in the case of an outbreak of wildfires. Here's a view of how the OK Dept.
of Forestry sees the situation today.

http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20180121/OK-Forestry-fire-discussion.plng.png 

Sounding a bit more obvious, here's their advice to firefighters today from 
their Oklahoma Firefighter Briefing.

http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20180121/OK-Forestry.Firefighter.Briefing.png 

And these counties are under burn bans, so if you start a fire, not only could
you get burned, you'll be in a world of hurt with the authorities. 

http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20180121/OK-burn.ban.map.png

So take your usual high fire danger day precautions, both protecting yourself
and property, AND preventing fires to begin with. 

http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20180121/NWS_fire.safety.jpg 

With the storm system approaching and the dryline already set up across 
western OK

http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20180121/current-dewpoints.png

the potential for severe weather today will exist across eastern OK, and yes,
the possibility (albeit low) for tornadoes does exist. 

http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20180121/day1otlk_1300.gif
http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20180121/day1probotlk_1300_torn.gif
http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20180121/day1probotlk_1300_wind.gif
http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20180121/day1probotlk_1300_hail.gif 

Looks like Rocking and Rolling today in Oklahoma. Stay safe!

Gary McManus
State Climatologist
Oklahoma Mesonet
Oklahoma Climatological Survey
(405) 325-2253
gmcmanus@mesonet.org