Jun 16, 2014 9:17 AM by Stephen Bowers
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for nearly all of El Paso County from 12 noon until 9 PM today for weather conditions that will develop and increase the fire risk.
Yesterday's somewhat cool upslope breeze is taking a break today, and between high pressure to our southeast and low pressure coming in from the northwest, the deep flow of the atmosphere will increase from the west/southwest today. It will be enhanced locally by developing low pressure over the Eastern Plains, which will draw air into its core. That downslope wind from the mountains will steadily increase today, beginning around late morning and really ramping up this afternoon to the 25-35 mph range, with gusts up to 45-50 mph. The wind from the southwest is coming from Arizona and is carrying some smoky air into our area from the wildfires in Arizona. We can smell the smoke and see the haze from it.
The increasing wind will help to mix the atmosphere enough to warm our temperatures quickly into the 80's and 90's this afternoon. By 10 AM, we warm with sunshine and a few clouds into the mid-to-upper 70's with 80's in the Plains. By noon we're warming through the 80's with 80's and 90's from 2 PM to 5 PM. Wind will begin increasing after 10-11 AM.
Tomorrow will be warm and windy again. The wind and warmth will begin to ease back on Wednesday, and cold front that moves through Wednesday night will set up for a cooler Thursday and Friday with a few more clouds. We will warm on Saturday ahead of the next disturbance that could mean some rain on Sunday.