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Radar valid at 300 pm PST, Jan 19th 2021

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......Off-season offshore wind event Monday evening into Tuesday... .Northeast winds will strengthen after sunset across the higher peaks of the Santa Lucia Range and Southern Gabilan Range then quickly mix down to the lower elevations. Air mass is expected to dry out as winds pick up and become more widespread. The strongest winds are expected just before daybreak on Tuesday with winds gusting up to 45 mph and localized gusts over 50 mph at some of the highest peaks. Winds will then gradually decrease but will remain gusty through the rest of the Tuesday morning and the early part of the afternoon.

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Santa Lucia Mountains and Los Padres National Forest-
Mountains Of San Benito County And Interior Monterey County
Including Pinnacles National Park-
1225 PM PST Sun Jan 17 2021

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY EVENING THROUGH
TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR GUSTY OFFSHORE WINDS FOR THE SANTA LUCIA
MOUNTAINS AND LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST AS WELL AS THE MOUNTAINS
OF SAN BENITO COUNTY AND INTERIOR MONTEREY COUNTY...

The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a Fire
Weather Watch for gusty offshore winds, which is in effect
from 6PM Monday evening through 1PM Tuesday afternoon.

* AFFECTED AREA...Fire Weather Zone 517 Santa Lucia Mountains
and Los Padres National Forest and Fire Weather Zone 518
Mountains Of San Benito County And Interior Monterey County
Including Pinnacles National Park.

* TIMING...Winds will increase Monday evening starting around
sunset and carry into the overnight hours between Monday and
Tuesday. The strongest winds will occur right before daybreak
Tuesday and begin to gradually weaken through the rest of the
morning and ease off by early afternoon.

* WINDS...North to Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with frequent
gusts up to 45 mph. Local gusts over 50 mph for some of the
higher peaks along the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Mountains
of San Benito County.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...Humidity will be low to moderate Monday
night and through daybreak from 15-30% with some locations along
the Santa Lucia Range dropping into the lower teens. After
sunrise expect more widespread low teens across Southern
Monterey County and 20-25% across the Mountains of San Benito
County.

* IMPACTS...Any new starts aligned with wind will likely show
moderate to rapid growth. Strong winds could cause power
outages as well as downed trees and limbs.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible
Red Flag Warnings.

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