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While some are getting snow due to Storm Wesley, others are at risk of fire, as the low pressure sucks air into its center. The fire hazard in the area of the Texas-New Mexico border is one of several reasons why the nuclear facilities that are there shouldn’t be there, and clearly more shouldn’t be added. It’s also proof that just because there aren’t many people in a location doesn’t mean it’s a good place to add a bunch.

Valid 00Z Fri Apr 12 2019 – 00Z Sun Apr 14 2019
Heavy snow continues for the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest through
Friday
Critical fire weather danger for parts of West Texas and Southern New
Mexico
Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms are expected for the Southern
Plains and Mississippi Valley
(Read more below.)
WIPP Nuclear waste dump is shown below, as is Waste Control Specialists Nuclear waste dump.  URENCO, which is owned by the British Gov, the Dutch Gov and German utilities, is located between the two, near Eunice.  Holtec is proposing a high level nuclear waste dump in the area, as well.  Further below you can see the URENCO and Waste Control Specialists site, and then the WIPP site, as well as nearby oil-gas wells. While Louisiana rejected URENCO, it is still sometimes called LES (Louisiana Enrichment Services).



https://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/SPC_firewx.kmz
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste_Isolation_Pilot_Plant

Urenco USA announces HALEU activities
06 February 2019 Enrichment company Urenco USA has announced a new programme covering the production of high-assay low enriched uranium (HALEU), and is considering the construction of a dedicated HALEU unit at its US uranium enrichment facility
“. http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Urenco-USA-announces-HALEU-activities

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Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
1127 AM CDT Thu Apr 11 2019

Valid 111700Z – 121200Z

…CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR PORTIONS OF FAR SOUTHERN AND
EASTERN NEW MEXICO…INTO SOUTHWEST TEXAS…

The critical/elevated areas were expanded slightly across the
Edwards Plateau near the Rio Grande, and locally elevated conditions
may develop across portions of western Oklahoma/vicinity amid dry,
post-frontal conditions. Otherwise, the forecast remains on track
and please see the discussion below for more details.

..Nauslar.. 04/11/2019

.PREV DISCUSSION… /ISSUED 0139 AM CDT Thu Apr 11 2019/

…Synopsis…
A mid-level shortwave trough will continue to progress from the
central Plains to the Mississippi Valley during the day. A smaller
shortwave trough, embedded in the larger-scale cyclonic mid-level
flow, will move across the southern High Plains, inducing the
development of a surface low across the Texas/New Mexico border,
where strong westerly downslope flow and a dry surface airmass are
expected.

20-30 mph westerly sustained surface winds are expected along with
10-15% RH, from the New Mexico/Mexico border, into portions of
southwest Texas (mainly from the Davis Mountains/Stockton Plateau,
eastward to the western fringes of the Edwards Plateau). A critical
delineation has also been expanded into the Mescalero Escarpment in
southeast New Mexico, given 20+ mph downslope westerly winds
coinciding 15% RH. By nightfall, nocturnal cooling of the boundary
layer will assist in RH recovery and subsiding surface winds,
tempering the wildfire-spread threat.

…Please see http://www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product…

CLICK FOR DAY 1 FIREWX AREAL OUTLINE PRODUCT (KWNSPFWFD1)

https://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/2019/190411_1700_day1pts.txt
https://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/fwdy1.html

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/11/709600915/new-mexico-is-divided-over-the-perfect-site-to-store-nation-s-nuclear-waste

In another part of Texas: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/us-border-patrol-spots-energyfuels-uranium-mine-fire-in-texas-60-acres-burned-local-fire-department-forced-to-battle-fire/


Short Range Forecast Discussion
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
500 PM EDT Thu Apr 11 2019

Valid 00Z Fri Apr 12 2019 – 00Z Sun Apr 14 2019

…Heavy snow continues for the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest through
Friday…

…Critical fire weather danger for parts of West Texas and Southern New
Mexico…

…Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms are expected for the Southern
Plains and Mississippi Valley…

A strong surface cyclone will continue moving northeastward into southern
Ontario and eventually northern Quebec by Sunday. Heavy snow will persist
across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, within the system’s
northwest quadrant. 6 to 8 inches of additional snow is likely for a swath
of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario. Blizzard warnings remain in
effect across the Dakotas through Friday afternoon due to a tight pressure
gradient around the exiting storm system.

Difficult travel conditions and power outages are expected. Freezing rain
remains a threat for northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of
Michigan with accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch by Friday evening.
A slight risk of severe thunderstorms continues to be in effect through
this evening for most of Illinois.

The front that is currently sweeping across the mid-section of the country
will stall out over the southern U.S. on Friday and Saturday as
overrunning Gulf moisture and instability lead to scattered severe
thunderstorms. Showers and thunderstorms will propagate eastward into the
Ohio/Tennessee Valleys and later into the Mid-Atlantic. An Enhanced Risk
of severe thunderstorms is in effect for northern Louisiana and parts of
eastern Texas on Saturday. A Slight Risk of flash flooding is in effect
for the Lower to Middle Mississippi Valley on Saturday. A critical fire
weather outlook is in effect for much of the southwest through Saturday
morning as a dry line sets up in western Texas behind the exiting storm
system.

Elsewhere, upper-level energy over the Pacific Northwest will move south
and eastward into Northern Mexico by Friday evening. The energy will
induce low pressure to develop over Western Texas/Northern Mexico by
Saturday. The system will produce rain and higher elevation snow over the
Pacific Northwest and Intermountain Region through Saturday morning. On
Friday and into Saturday, snow and lower elevation rain will develop over
parts of the Great Basin, Central/Southern Rockies and Southwest. There’s
a chance for 6 to 10 inches of snow through Saturday evening in the
Central and Southern Rockies. On Sunday the same upper level energy will
cause severe weather and heavy rain in the Southern Plains and Lower
Mississippi Valley.

Kebede
Graphics available at http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/basicwx/basicwx_ndfd.php

https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/hpcdiscussions.php?disc=pmdspd