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Dangerous wildfire conditions this week

This past summer and fall Mid-Missouri has seen various grass fires due to drier conditions.

Temperatures around Mid-Missouri are continuing to cool down as we head off into the second half of the week and the weekend. This might have you motivated to go outside and enjoy  an afternoon or evening fire, but conditions are actually going to be pretty dangerous even though we saw an inch of rainfall in the past 48 hour.

We are going to be tracking drier conditions with these drought conditions as we're going to see gusts of winds up to 30 miles per hour as we head off into Thursday afternoon and similar conditions on Friday with winds gusting into the upper 20s. Now what's this mean? Well, these winds coming out of the Northwest are going to bring lower relative humidity, which means drier air paired with the drier ingredients on the ground. So if you're going to have a fire, make sure it's in a wind blocked area and make sure you have some way of putting out such as a garden hose.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms. Years later, he purchased a weather forecasting book and weather station at his elementary Scholastic Book Fair. After reading into the hows and whys of atmospheric science, he quickly became interested and gained his new passion.

Chance joined the ABC17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February of 2021. He is currently the weekday Noon Meteorologist.


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