Apr 29, 2013 3:22 PM by Dave Hovde

Offshore winds this week to stoke fire concerns

Offshore winds are likely later this week (Thursday and Friday). There is some question as to how strong they could be or which part of the Central Coast or Southern CA would be most impacted, however coming off one of the top three driest years on record this potential has prompted the national weather service to post an alert to the risk of higher fire potential.

Offshore winds are possible from later Wednesday through Friday and perhaps Saturday as well. Inland areas will see temps get back into the mid to upper 90s, but coastal valleys will also see 80s and what marine influence there will be will be very shallow and limited to the immediate coast.

Fuels are also considered very dry, months ahead of schedule due to the abnormally dry winter.

The reason for the offshore event is that an upper level trough is expected to dive southward across the Great Basin into "The Four Corners" area on Wednesday while an upper level high pressure system builds off the coast of northern California. Surface high pressure will build Wednesday into Thursday potentially setting the stage for a late
season offshore wind event for southwest California.

Red Flag warnings later this week are likely. Stay with KSBY and KSBY.com for the latest.



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