Weather Alerts for Alamogordo

Issued by the National Weather Service

Red Flag Warning  RED FLAG WARNING   Red Flag Warning
ALAMOGORDO

Areas Affected:
Southwest Mountains - Southwest Deserts and Lowlands - South Central Lowlands And Southern Rio Grande Valley - Capitan And Sacramento Mountains
Effective: Mon, 5/20 5:57am Updated: Mon, 5/20 9:41am Urgency: Expected
Expires: Mon, 5/20 9:00pm Severity:  Severe  Certainty: Likely

 
Details:
...CRITICAL FIRE CONDITIONS EXPECTED ON MONDAY...

Persistent and deep southwest flow over the Desert Southwest will
bring above normal temperatures, very dry to exceptionally dry
air, and breezy conditions through the week. Winds will be
strongest on todday. This will combine with dry fuels to create
critical fire conditions over much of southwest and south- central
New Mexico.

* AFFECTED AREA...Southwest and South-central New Mexico,
including the Lincoln and Gila National Forest.

* WIND...West to Southwest Winds 15 to 25 MPH gusting to 40 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...5 to 8 Percent, 8 to 12 percent above 7500 feet.

* EXPERIMENTAL RFTI...4 to 6 Near Critical to Critical.

* IMPACTS...any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Information:
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.

Red Flag Warning  RED FLAG WARNING   Red Flag Warning
ALAMOGORDO

Areas Affected:
Northwest Plateau - West Central Mountains - Middle Rio Grande Valley - West Central Basin and Range - Sandia and Manzano Mountains
Effective: Mon, 5/20 2:06am Updated: Mon, 5/20 9:41am Urgency: Expected
Expires: Mon, 5/20 8:00pm Severity:  Severe  Certainty: Likely

 
Details:
...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1PM TO 8PM MDT TODAY FOR
WESTERN NM AS WELL AS THE MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND THE SANDIA
AND MANZANO MOUNTAINS DUE TO STRONG WINDS, VERY LOW HUMIDITY AND
AN UNSTABLE ATMOSPHERE...

.Critical fire weather conditions are expected this afternoon
across western and portions of central New Mexico. Strong west to
southwest winds will increase in advance of an approaching
disturbance and surface winds may gust near 50 mph during the
afternoon. Poor to fair humidity recoveries overnight will allow
humidity values to quickly bottom out close to or within the
single digits this afternoon. In addition, the atmosphere is
forecast to be unstable with excellent mixing. Strong winds and
low relative humidity values are also expected across eastern New
Mexico, however recent rainfall and ongoing greenup will mitigate
the critical fire weather concerns.

* AREA AND TIMING...Northwest Plateau (Zone 101), West Central
Mountains (Zone 105), Middle Rio Grande Valley (Zone 106), West
Central Basin and Range (Zone 109), and the Sandia and Manzano
Mountains (Zone 124) from 1 PM to 8 PM MDT today.

* 20 FOOT WINDS...West to southwest 25 to 35 mph with occasional
gusts to 50 mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...6 to 12 percent.

* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended..

Information:
Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the
field of this Red Flag Warning.