Late Summer; Fire Smoke Time

The morning visible satellite image shows a new (and obvious) smoke plume about 40 miles SE of the Portland Metro area.  It’s a complex of small lightning-started fires from 10 days ago that must have blown up in the past 24 hours just SE of Olallie Lake on the Warm Springs Reservation.  To have a plume of smoke still going during the coolest and calmest time of the day is impressive.  Fires show up best in the early morning and evening on the visible images because of the low sun angle reflecting more light back at the satellite.

You see plenty of smoke on the morning image from other fires burning in far SE Oregon and Nevada.  Plus of course we still have generally hazy skies due to the smoke that arrived from Siberia last weekend.  It’s that time of year for hot temperatures and occasional smoky skies. 

By the way, a switch to northeast or easterly wind tomorrow afternoon will probably send that fire smoke from the Cascades down into the central Willamette Valley for a few days.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


127 Responses to Late Summer; Fire Smoke Time

  1. bgb41 says:

    PDX has reached 96 as of 5pm… 97 in Troutdale

  2. JJ97222 says:

    Drink plenty of Liquids tonight and make sure to grab a few asprin in the morning then repeat, repeat and have fun in the sun after all it will be raining and raining soon!

  3. W7ENK says:

    Whoa-hoooah!!! Station KWAVANCO69 in Vancouver reporting a high of 115F, currently 114.3F

    Must be an error… o_O

  4. W7ENK says:

    PDX 93F at 4pm, wind STILL from the WNW… ‘the Heck?!?

    Oh BTW, YAY Mariners!!! King Felix is da MAN! 😀

    Sorry, I had to get that out.

    • W7ENK says:

      Without some form of Divine intervention (or possibly the opposite?), that 98-100 for today is out of the picture entirely. We may tack on another degree or two before 6pm, but certainly not another 5+.

    • n3eg says:

      Our wind in Longview is from the north. That explains the heat, and also why it’s not 100.

  5. W7ENK says:

    PDX 90F at 3pm, wind WNW @ 12

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