Air quality has been solid, but still several fires burning in MT, plus the wildfire smoke sometimes drifts in from ID, Canada, or the west coast.
In the Midwest this past summer there were several larger fires in Canada that brought weeks of bad air and smoky landscapes all across WI. Climbing at Devil's Lake we couldn't see across to the other side from the ridge on some days!
Hi @Marc_OV_AZ .
Even here in the Mid-Atlantic we are seeing some of the smoke and haze from the western fires drifting in. Not much, but still...
And, we are far from drought conditions. We've had copious amounts of rain recently, resulting is some flooding and storm damage, including several tornadoes. In fact, we're about to have some strong thunderstorms roll through tonight.
In Southern California, we are bracing for another epic fire season. Vegetation is tinder dry and we are at the end of a long dry season, with prospects of Santa Ana winds during the fall. Our local FD is urging pruning of vegetation, cleanup of flammable debris, etc. in anticipation of a hot time in the old town tonight.
A follow-up to last week's post. We just had a cold front roll through and dropped 3" of rain in a span of about 4 hours. The bright spot is that the next several days should be sunny, low humidity, and high temps in the mid-70's. Perfect for outdoor activities.
As of today, Sept. 25th, we are still getting sporadic Monsoon rains with thunderstorms passing through. The Sonoran Desert is now very green with moisture replenished vegetation and ground water levels.
If we have a Winter with some decent rainfall, come Spring the Sonoran Desert will be packed with wildflowers….. a photographer’s playground.