Johnson, Jackson, Lafayette, Saline, Ray, Carroll, Pettis and Cooper counties have issued a Red Flag Warning for today in conjunction with burning. The counties are recommending that you do not try to burn today as conditions are prime for grass fires. The Red Flag Warning means:
Today a combination of well above normal temperatures and breezy winds will significantly raise fire weather concerns through this afternoon. Dew points will start the day in the 20s and won’t climb
much –if at all– through the day…especially as the boundary layer mixes out this afternoon. Confidence in the low humidity’s that will result is very high. Only forecast issue seems to be wind speeds and whether they will hit red flag criteria today. Current winds as forecast are marginal for a warning…but fine fuels this time of year are well cured and tinder…so any little spark should carry a flame easily. Additionally…while forecast winds are marginal the reality of the gusts this afternoon along with the marginal wind speeds look sufficient to warrant going with a red flag warning. Have issued one for the areas from northwest Missouri through east central Kansas and central Missouri for the afternoon hours. Currently…north central to northeast Missouri are expected to maintain slight higher dew points today…but that could change.