Wildfire smoke forecast for Saturday evening

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There could be significant effects Saturday in some areas of Northern California, Southern Oregon, and Northwest Nevada

Near Surface vegetation fire smoke
Forecast for 6 p.m. MDT September 7, 2019. Vegetation fire smoke near the Earth’s surface. NOAA.

These images represent the forecast for the distribution of smoke from vegetation fires at 6 p.m. MDT September 7, 2019. If the predictions are correct, smoke is going to be heavily affecting some areas in Northern California, Southern Oregon, and Northwest Nevada late in the day Saturday.

Near Surface Smoke (in the map above) is what affects people and animals in real time. Vertically integrated smoke higher in the atmosphere (in the map below) can have additional environmental effects and can contribute to interesting sunsets.

Vertically Integrated vegetation fire smoke
Forecast for 6 p.m. MDT September 7, 2019. Vertically Integrated vegetation fire smoke at high altitudes. NOAA.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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