West-Central San Joaquin Valley Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Fire Weather Warning
Issued: 3:29 PM PST Dec. 16, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Red flag warning remains in effect until 10 am PST Sunday for
gusty winds and low humidity

for fire weather zones 216, 217,
218, 219, 263, 264, and 279...

* affected area... fire weather zones 216, 217, 218, 219, 263,
264, and 279.

* Wind... north winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph
through early evening. Local gusts of 50 mph will be possible
over higher elevations. Winds will gradually decrease overnight.

* Humidity... minimum humidity readings of 10 to 25 percent by late
this afternoon. Poor humidity recovery expected tonight through
Sunday morning.

* Impacts... any fires that develop will have the potential to
spread rapidly. Outdoor burning or any activity that could
spark a fire is not recommended.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.


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Public Information Statement
Issued: 6:58 PM PST Dec. 16, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Wind reports for today...

Location speed time/date elevation (ft.)

... San Joaquin Valley...
Gustine Airport 59 mph 0919 am 12/16 79
Panoche Road 51 mph 0127 PM 12/16 2055
Kettleman hills 51 mph 1250 PM 12/16 810
8 WNW Coalinga 47 mph 0620 PM 12/16 2729
Lemoore Nas 46 mph 0958 am 12/16 233
Los Banos 46 mph 0954 am 12/16 104
Santa Nella 43 mph 1100 am 12/16 171
kettlemen city 43 mph 1239 PM 12/16 482
Huron 42 mph 0107 PM 12/16 403
San Luis NWR 41 mph 1031 am 12/16 65
Firebaugh 41 mph 1031 am 12/16 223
Merced Airport 40 mph 0339 PM 12/16 153
Highway 41 at Kettleman City 39 mph 1232 PM 12/16 272
I-5 at Panoche Road 37 mph 1226 PM 12/16 470
Harris Ranch 36 mph 1239 PM 12/16 469
San Luis Reservoir 35 mph 0132 PM 12/16 320
San Luis dam 35 mph 1202 PM 12/16 323
Highway 99 at Merced 35 mph 0340 PM 12/16 182

Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying
equipment and exposures. We thank all volunteer weather observers
for their dedication. Not all data listed are considered official.