Graphical wind forecast values, January 6 and 7, 2008, for the Rio Grande Valley (click to enlarge)

Synopsis: The gradient between strong high pressure over the Southeast United States with a trough of low pressure across west Texas will continue to increase surface winds both Sunday and Monday afternoon. Residents should move indoors, or tie down any unfastened lightweight objects that can quickly become projectiles in gusty winds above 40 mph.

Continued very dry conditions (bottom left) combined with the gusty winds will increase the possibility for erratic fire behavior. While burn bans remain in effect, gusty winds can also indirectly start a fire; for example, "live" power lines that blow down in very strong winds can start a small fire that can quickly become large. This occurred most recently in March of 2006 near Amarillo, and again in April of 2007 in extreme south Georgia.

60 day precipitation percent of normal, as of January 5, 2008, for the Rio Grande Valley
Latest percentage of normal precipitation. Dark red/maroon areas designate near zero values.
Burn Ban Counties in the Rio Grande Valley, January 5, 2008
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