A Red Flag Warning will go into effect late tonight through noon Friday due to a low pressure sliding down the east side of the ridge and moving into central California which will cause the winds to pick up. Winds will be offshore which are the driest winds we can get. Winds will peak late Thursday into early Friday which is when the greatest threat for fire weather will be present with winds gusting up to 30 to 40 mph, especially over the ridges. Valley locations won’t have as great of a threat due to the fog keeping moisture higher while exposed areas that have seen the sun and dry conditions will be at greatest threat. Any sparks could easily start a fire leading to rapid fire growth; be fire safe and avoid any sparks over the next few days.
These offshore winds will also cause the Chetco Effect at the Coast warming the areas along the Chetco River and in Brookings into the 70s Thursday and Friday. Winds will shift on shore as the low moves further west when it becomes cut-off from the jetstream. This system will finally push inland next week bringing our next chance for showers, though any shower activity will be isolated and light…not the big storm we need.
Thanks for logging on and have a great evening! Be fire safe!
Meteorologist Megan Parry