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Friday, September 1, 2017

Every1's askin' about da long weekend

Lets take it one day at a time, because conditions won't remain the same everyday. Except near the fires where it will be cruddy all along. This time too, it is smoke from our own WA fires. Here's a picture of the Norse Creek fire plumes near Chinook Pass snapped by a colleague who jetted eastward on Thursday evening. Not pretty! And weather conditions favor more smoke production all weekend.



BC and OR fires are still burning but smoke wont make its way here this weekend.
OK here goes- bear with the details, which are subject to change:

Friday

Area
Air Quality forecast
Notes
All of western WA
Good

Far eastern WA and Cascade foothills of eastern WA
Moderate/ Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups with some improvement during the day
Cle Elum, Naches and the Methow could see Unhealthy air at night. Newport and Metaline Falls should expect USG air.
Columbia Basin
Good/ Moderate


Saturday and Sunday
Winds slacken, some models show light east winds spilling a teeny-weeny bit of smoke over to the south Puget Sound. Lotsa smoke accumulation near the fires.


Area
Air quality forecast
Notes
All of western WA
Mostly Good
Eastern foothills of King, Pierce and Lewis counties could see a few Moderate hours
Far eastern WA and Cascade foothills of eastern WA
Moderate/ Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Cle Elum, Naches, Chelan and the Methow could see Unhealthy air or worse. Newport, Metaline Falls,
Ellensburg, Yakima, Leavenworth and Wenatchee will likely remain in USG.
Columbia Basin and southeast WA
Good/ Moderate


Monday
Few smoke models go out that far. Best indications (see 2000ft winds predicted by the European weather model below) are that moderate east winds will develop in far eastern and northern WA to disperse locally accumulated smoke. But these east winds will cause some smoke to dam up against the Cascades and bleed across to western WA.




Area
Air quality forecast
Notes
Puget sound lowlands and Lewis county
Good/ Moderate
Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia could see Moderate air by evening
Rest of western WA
Mostly Good

Far eastern WA
Good/ Moderate
Moderate near Newport, Metaline Falls and the Lewis- Clark valley. Good in Spokane
Eastern WA Cascade foothills
Moderate/ USG/ Unhealthy
Mostly Moderate in the Methow, Omak and Chelan. Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cle Elum, Ellensburg and Yakima could regularly see USG or worse.
Lower Columbia Basin and southeast WA
Good/ Moderate


Wanna get away from the smoke? Cash in on the warm temperatures and abundant sunshine, and head for the Olympic Peninsula or Washington coast. Now through Monday morning should be mostly smoke free. But plan on leaving by Monday afternoon before east winds start to bring some smoke over there.

4 comments:

  1. Where could we go for a smoke free mini vaca tomorrow? These little ones need out of the house.

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    1. Sorry for the delay in responding- the Washington coast and the Olympic peninsula are expected to remain smoke free today. Smoke will start to creep in there by Tuesday evening though.

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  2. Do you have a working link to see where all the forest fires are at in Washinton?
    Here in Finley/Kennewick area is very bad this morning. The smoke smell strong too.

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    1. Try this interactive site: https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/#/%3F/47.2/-120.0/6

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