High Wind Worsens Great Plains Drought

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Hot and dry weather worsen drought. What's worse? High wind with dry air. Across the harsh drought zone of Kansas to northwest Texas and cold northwest wind and very dry air arrives this weekend (after today's extreme heat) followed by another warm surge next Tuesday associated with high wind. Models are forecasting sustained wind in the 25-40 mph range for these events.

Special Alert: Southwest/south-central Great Plains Wheat Drying Due to Wind Ahead

Discussion: Concern is increasing rapidly regarding intensification of drought in the southwest to south-central Great Plains. The issue is persistent high wind (sustained 25-40 mph) and very dry air as storms producing heavy precipitation stay to the east. Temperatures fluctuate very warm today (90’s) to extreme cold by Sunday morning (teens/20’s). Warmth ahead of another cold to 80’s to near 90 return next Tuesday. Despite the dramatic changes in air mass the dew points stay low and coupled with high wind the intense dryness in these zones now will worsen.