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Storm Tracker Forecast: Air quality begins to improve but fire danger is high

Gusty winds out of the southwest and low humidity will drive a Red Flag Warning for high fire danger today in the foothills and mountains. Air quality is starting out unhealthy to very unhealthy but is expected to improve this afternoon. There's a chance for showers & storms but its small and only in the mountains to the north near the coast.

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 6:14 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2020 6:14 PM

Today has been on the warmer side with a slight improvement in air quality compared to yesterday. Fire danger is also high.

A RED FLAG WARNING is in place today due to strong winds in the mountains & foothills of the Sierra-Cascades. Winds could gust up 35 mph from the southwest. This could cause fast moving fires.

The reason for the strong winds is a low pressure system off the coast.

Winds will remain elevated each afternoon & evening until Late-Thursday into Friday after the system over the Pacific moves inland and loses its influence.

The good news with all of the wind is that it will help mix out a lot of this smoke and carry it away from our area. The improvement won't be instant, but you can expect a gradual daily improvement in air quality assuming more large fires don't pop up. That improvement has been quite notable today as air quality went from 'hazardous' levels to 'unhealthy'.

The low-pressure system off the coast will move inland on Thursday and Friday. This will decrease daily highs into the low-80s to upper-70s in the valley and bring a few clouds in the valley as well. It will also bring more moisture which in turn could spark a few showerws or thunderstorms in the mountains farther north or towards the coast. These will not be significant, but its something.

We will warm up again and stay sunny next week with a dry, north wind returning.

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Sierra60
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Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 79°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 79° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 78°
Paradise
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 79°
Chester
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 59°
Red Bluff
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 81°
Willows
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 79°
Winds will not be as strong today, but the Red Flag Warning for high fire danger will continue through 5pm. Pleasant conditions are ahead for your Saturday, but then a more substantial wind event will bring extreme fire danger back into our forecast from Sunday through Monday.
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