Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 22

Today was a mild day with a few high clouds and mainly southwest winds. Below the RUC showed the highest winds south of the Bootheel and in Sierra County at 6 pm.
Looking at GOES imagery today, the winds aloft were from the southwest blowing smoke plumes toward the northeast. By 7 pm (see below) the smoke from the Horseshoe 2 Fire was very clear and can be seen covering an area across to the Sacramento Mountains and beyond.
The NWS is forecasting winds tomorrow in the 23 to 26 mph range with gusts up to 37 mph. Compared to past wind events, this doesn't look impressive. At this point I'm thinking more about isolated dust impacts rather than a regional event.

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