Smoke from Western Wildfires
Yesterday morning, as the sun came up in Denver, both distant thick smoke as well as high thin smoke was unveiled. Not just from the close Flagstaff fire in Boulder, which had increased its smoke output due to new backfires that had been lit to strengthen the containment zone, but high up in the atmosphere. The sun rose as a orange orb as it shone through this layer. As I could not see the smoke during the night, The sunrise observation was much more descriptive than the overnight observations.
After sunrise, the smell of the brushfire became evident. But it did not smell like the previous Colorado brushfires. It smelled more like a campfire. And this is because most of the smoke was not from local fires, it was from fires in Wyoming and Utah. So, even if there had been no fires locally this year, this day would have smelled just as bad and given me the same headache and sinus problems anyway.
Here is a MODIS satellite picture of the smoke affecting the Mountain West and Western High Plains. It grows every day. I’m not sure if the monsoonal thunderstorms expected this week will disperse this, blow it away, or just absorb it into the cloud and precipitate it as dirty rain. I’ve noticed that the last few rainstorms leave a dirty residue on my car – so I know at least that will happen.
Here is a site that I’m going to use in the future to check for smoke in the air. Why didn’t I think of this earlier???
Now, the blocking High that caused this whole fire mess is moving eastward. The monsoonal flow is starting and the whole pattern is shifting to late summer. Now I get to experience thunderstorms like I haven't in years. I am so excited.
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