(8/29/12) The National Weather Service says dangerous wildfire conditions are possible tomorrow in west central Wisconsin and parts of southern Minnesota.
Forecasters expect clear skies with highs in the 90's, low humidities of around 20-percent, and continuous winds of 15-to-20 miles an hour with gusts above 30. Officials say it all adds up to risky wildfire conditions. And the Weather Service in Chanhassen Minnesota has called a "Fire Weather Watch" from tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow evening for Saint Croix, Pierce, Pepin, Dunn, Chippewa, and Eau Claire counties – plus a good share of southern Minnesota. The Weather Service says hot weather is on the way, thanks to a large high pressure system. But the furnace has not been turned out yet. No place in Wisconsin was in the 80's as of 10 this morning. Janesville was the warm spot with 79, and it was still 68 in Superior. Forecasters expect highs to get close to 90 this afternoon, and in the mid-90's tomorrow before things begin to cool off a bit for the holiday weekend.