End of the Fire Season

October 5, 2008

Snapshot  Looks like plenty of rain fell in the Cascades this weekend, enough to more or less put out the remaining forest fires from this summer.  A quick check of the National Interagency Fire Center web site seems to indicate that most fire crews are demobilizing at the Rattle and Gnarl Ridge fires.  Those are the two most significant we've been watching the last month or so.

Not a whole lot to talk about this evening, and I'm just about out of time.  The low pressure center well to our west is going to deepen rapidly the next 24 hours and move up between the Queen Charlottes and N. Vancouver Island.  That's well north of the position needed to bring high winds to the Coast, although it will still be breezy out there tomorrow evening.

I see the 00z has backed off on the intensity of the trough dropping over the Pacific Northwest Thursday and Friday, similar to the ECMWF.  Looks like a quick switch to offshore flow later Friday through Sunday.  Should be a strong east wind event AND provide us with a much sunnier and warmer weekend.  That will make up for this weekend I think.  More tomorrow…Mark Nelsen