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No, that’s not the answer to life, the universe, and everything (+50). That’s how hot it got here yesterday.

It’s cooler this morning but managing to be gray, dry, muggy, and threatening all at once. We are under something called a “Red Flag Fire Weather Warning,” which I’ve never heard of before.

Screenshot from 2015-06-28 09:23:32

Usually our weather maps are more greenish. Never seen this orangey-purply stuff before.


  1. Pat
    Pat June 28, 2015 3:25 pm

    Looks like a certain “Grey Zone” I’ve read about. You haven’t heard any bad news around there lately, have you?

  2. Claire
    Claire June 28, 2015 3:51 pm

    Does bear a certain resemblance to that “zone,” doesn’t it? Although last I heard Seattle wasn’t a restricted area (due to some nefarious cause I was going to address in a later volume).

    But given that bad news has been no worse than broken cars and ankles, I’ll have to say that any resemblance between this zone and the zone you note is purely coincidental.

  3. Karen
    Karen June 28, 2015 4:46 pm

    For the past few years, red flag fire warnings have been a staple here in Colorado, and some notable forest fires have occurred. This year however, we’re under regular flash flood warnings. Go figure.

  4. Joel
    Joel June 28, 2015 5:17 pm

    It’s because you lived in the desert. It finds you wherever you hide, eventually. You’ve only yourself to blame…

  5. J. Eric Andreasen
    J. Eric Andreasen June 28, 2015 7:56 pm

    Red flag warning are those associated with the combination of exceptionally high temperatures, lots of dry fuel, and high winds. The combination is custom-made for the rapid spread of wildfires.

  6. LarryA
    LarryA June 28, 2015 11:58 pm

    We had one of those warnings back in 2011. Power line sparks started a fire. Lost over 1600 homes and about 40 commercial buildings in less than a week. A combination of 100-degree heat, low humidity, and 30 MPH wind left nothing but bare slabs.

  7. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair June 29, 2015 5:17 am

    We had some of those warnings back in May here in southern Vermont. But June precipitation has returned to pretty much normal, meaning weekly rains, enough to water the plants, and enough to prevent California’s “one damned beautiful day after another.”

  8. Karen
    Karen June 29, 2015 6:09 am

    Our local news this morning mentioned wildfires in Washington state, but I didn’t catch the location in the state. Stay safe, Claire and kids!! Hope your go bags are ready and by the door, just in case.

  9. just waiting
    just waiting June 29, 2015 10:12 am

    Some of our local State parks have a Smokey the Bear out front with the daily fire forest danger, Extreme is our highest, and surprisingly not the rarest.

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