Backyard Almanac: "Fire month" comes a little early this year

Mar 19, 2021

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The low humidity and high winds forecast for today and tomorrow have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Fire Weather Watch for the area.

Before the rain moves in on Sunday, the minimum RH dropping below 15 percent today combined with winds gusting to 20 mph today and over 35 mph on Saturday will cause near-critical fire weather conditions today and possibly exceeding critical fire weather conditions on Saturday.

  In the meantime, we've got the vernal equinox to look forward to, and the arrival of (among others) Sandhill Cranes, Ruffed Grouse, Red-winged Blackbirds and Woodcock.