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September 14, 12:30 PM Weather Forecast Update

Thickest smoke since 1998 & 1988 ahead.

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 12:20 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2020 9:56 PM

Smoke from the massive Far West wildfires has arrived with a pale, grayish to bronzy, hazy sky.

Widespread, significant drought is on-going in the West with pockets & areas of drought farther eastward.

We are looking at enough smoke to make it overcast with sun near completely obscured late week, something not seen in our area since the massive Deep South fires of May-June 1998 (from severe drought) & the great Yellowstone & overall western U.S. fires in the great drought of 1988.  Unusually thick smoke affected our area in August.

The last especially thick plume was from the massive Alaskan & Canadian fires in 2014, though some smoke made it into our area even last summer from the Canadian & Alaskan fires.  It was not as thick as 1988 & 1998, however.

The thick smoke overcast poses an interesting temperature problem.  It would obviously be cooler during the day & milder at night than what the temperature would be with a mostly sunny to sunny sky.  If the smoke thins at times, it will play with the temperature a bit.

So, that said, this week looks largely dry with 80s early in the week & 70 to the 70s to end the week.  Lows in the 50s will occur in the early half of the week to 61 mid-week, then 40s to 50 late week.

Hurricane Sally (& the remnants of Sallyt) should pass well southeast of our area, it appears.  We will continue to monitor, however.

It looks quite warm & breezy next week with 80s to 90 with strong southwest winds.

Next decent potential of rainfall is September 24, followed by more dry weather.

Only change to this would occur with another tropical system making landfall on the Gulf Coast & impacting us or a North Pacific typhoon causing a big jet stream perturbation that amplifies down stream.

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