Today: Jan 21 , 2019

Windy Week

17 April 2018   Jason Kadah

High winds lead to extreme fire dangers.

Forecast Discussion:

Another upper-level trough is moving through today-tomorrow, with an associated cold front. This will bring windy conditions again, partly cloudy skies, and some cooling. Another upper-level low is expected on Thursday – Friday, for another round of clouds and wind. A slight chance of light precipitation is anticipated for Thursday afternoon – Friday afternoon, most of the precipitation that forms (if any) will likely evaporate before reaching the ground (leading to gusty, turbulent conditions near showers). Precipitation that evaporates before reaching the ground is called virga (and is a warning sign to pilots of strong downdrafts and low-level shear/turbulence).

The biggest threat this week is runaway wildfires due to dry brush and strong wind. Stage I Fire Restrictions begin this Friday, April 20, at 8 am in the Prescott National Forest. For more information on what these fire restrictions mean, please read the following link: Let’s protect our city and our beautiful fauna and flora around the Prescott Area from the devastating effects of wildfire!

Winds will become light and the weather will warm back up this weekend.

C. James

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Dear Weather Enthusiasts from the Prescott Quad-City Area:

Representatives of the National Weather Service are coming to Embry-Riddle’s DLC Auditorium on Wednesday April 25th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. The purpose of the visit to train interested members of the community and the Embry-Riddle family as weather spotters in preparation for the coming summer monsoon. Attached is a flyer with more information.

Please mark your calendars if you are interested in becoming a trained weather spotter or you simply want to learn more about how to identify severe weather!


Curtis James
Professor of Meteorology and Chair
Department of Applied Aviation Sciences