Siberian Smoke Likely Back For Bright Orange Sunrises & Sunsets

10pm Wednesday…

Did you see the sunset tonight? Some areas were clear enough that we could see a very orange sun as it sank to the horizon. It appears another “cloud” of smoke/haze is back…most likely from fires in Siberia. Here’s the 6pm smoke discussion from NESDIS:

…A large area of unknown aerosols is moving in from the Pacific Ocean over the US Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada. Models suggest this area may contain blowing dust from Asia as well as smoke from Siberian fires…

And a blog from NASA says the smoke is moving across the Pacific on the east-flowing jet stream.  Here’s a quick screen capture:


So enjoy the bright sunsets we’ll probably see the next few days.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

68 Responses to Siberian Smoke Likely Back For Bright Orange Sunrises & Sunsets

  1. W7ENK says:

    Last evening’s sunset from OC.

  2. schmit44 says:

    Dawson City, Yukon: In just 24 hours the Yukon river turned from ice to water after 6 months. Would have been fun to watch that happen today.

    • Boydo3 N. Albany elev. just under 500' says:

      It makes a lot of noise when that happens….so I’ve heard 😉

  3. WEATHERDAN says:

    Although the Little Ice Age (circa 1350-1850) affected the entire Earth it’s greatest effect was felt in the North Atlantic basin. This was due to the collapse of the North Atlantic conveyor belt aka the Gulf Stream. This occurred because of too little salinity in the North Atlantic due to the melting of Greenland ice caps. Although it would slow down the persistent warming of the Earth it would not necessarily give us epic Winters in Oregon. As for next Winter it looks warmer and dryer than normal. At least for us in Oregon. In the meantime here’s to a nice warm Mother’s day weekend. Peace.

  4. schmit44 says:

    5/4/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:86 at ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft) & Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & DW1597 Troy(1612 ft)
    Low: 57 at CW1075 Boardman(322 ft)

    High:49 at Timberline Lodge(6001 ft)
    Low: 21 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 52 degrees
    CW1102 Wallowa (81/29 ) (2946 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.19″ at EW1765 Mount Hoo(1542ft)
    0.16″ at MEARES Cape Mear(1421ft)
    0.12″ at OCNSID Oceanside(22ft)

  5. schmit44 says:


    Deadline is today

  6. schmit44 says:

    Mark mentioned tonight some other models have hinted at quite a warm spell around mothers day. The 00z GFS shown here is an example…..

  7. schmit44 says:

    5/3/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:84 at AGNESS2( 247 ft) & DW5789 Eagle Poi(1463 ft) & EW1735 Central P(1285 ft) & ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft)
    Low: 53 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & ALKALI FLAT(2495 ft) & DW2435 Helix(1581 ft)

    High:49 at Timberline Lodge(7001 ft) & HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft)
    Low: 17 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 52 degrees
    EW6078 La Pine (76/24 ) (4259 ft )

  8. Ashley watson says:

    I think it would also be interesting to see what weather was like for the whole united states during the little ice age only a few hundred years ago. Some are saying we are entering that now. If you live on the east coast it would be easier to think that. On the west coast you would ask, what type of crack have you been smoking? Definitely a very opposite climate scinerio going on on both coasts. I seriously doubt we are headed into another little ice age or the whole world would have harsher winters. I think that what is going on is that the jet stream gets stuck in the trough/ridge positions and the people in the ridge get the shaft and the people in the trough get the goods. I mean if we had the jet stream stuck in the same position all winter where it gave us air from the north we would be unusually cold to no matter how much global warming has taken place and the east coast would be unusually warm leaving them thinking that these global warming guys are right. Now we just have to figure out why the jet stream keeps getting stuck these past few winters. I don’t think its natural variability. I mean Boston had 3 inches above their all time record for snow this last winter. That would be like Portland having 47 inches of snow next winter. Some might say well you never know that just might happen. But that’s a bunch of crap. Our weather is so screwed up and not in our favor

    • Boydo3 N. Albany elev. just under 500' says:

      Weather has been pretty much screwed up since it became a topic of discussion hundreds/thousands of years ago. That’s what makes it so much fun!

    • Boring Oregon says:

      Perfect grammar all the way through then you forget a period at the end. ;(

  9. Ashley watson says:

    To the boring guy who said nobody can tell what it will do that far out as far as the prediction for next winter, that statement is kinda of a false hope/cop-out. Sure that statement would be true normally bit with our crappy winters the last few decades and the east coast great winters it seems we are in a pattern that doesn’t seem like it would change anytime soon. I mean seriously, I everyone on here had to guess on what next winter would be like and your life depended on it how many would bet we would have a historically cold and snowy winter. The odds as well as our recent winters really argue against it. And just for the record while 2008-2009 had a great 3 week run of cold and snow even by our epic standards it still was pretty whimpy. I mean parts of the east coast had their coldest snowiest winter in 300 years. We can even do coldest and snowiest in 50 years. We definitely have gotten the short end of the stick on this climate change thing if you like cold snowy weather.

  10. WEATHERDAN says:

    Our Summer weather pattern seems to be here, hooray. I know some of you love the cold wet cloudy weather pattern that sets up every Autumn. And in a little over 5 months you will most likely have your weather here again to your liking. But for now it is time for us warm weather lovers to rejoice. A cold beer at the baseball game, a hotdog on a picnic, or throwing a frisbee around the park with your kid. Although I like a good snowstorm every so often I really dig a warm Summer. As for next Winter it could turn out to be another warm one. Or it may surprise us. Either way it’s months away and I hear a hammock calling me. Peace.

    • Lee Wilson says:

      Frost on the roof tops this morning.
      This weather has confused my plants really bad.
      I hope we even out soon. Other wise it is going to be one cool 4rth of July.

      Hay on the plus side, low fire risk..Right?

    • Boring Oregon says:

      I doubt it’ll be cold on the 4th of July.

    • David B. says:

      I’ve seen frost on the 4th of July, but that was in the Cascades at nearly 4000 feet.

    • Dringus says:

      Blocked without subscription.

    • Brian Leroy says:

      Yeah i just realized that, lol anyways his 15/16 winter map has us 3+ degrees warmer then norm and a little dryer then norm and a really cold east again.

    • Boring Oregon says:

      Nobody can tell what it’ll do that far out.

    • Brian Leroy says:

      Well it’s based on a mod to strong el nino and other factors, i don’t think he’s wrong as far as warm and dry next winter, but no nobody knows exactly what’s gonna happen of course.

  11. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Frosty and 37.6 out here in BG

  12. schmit44 says:

    5/2/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:83 at DW5789 Eagle Poi(1463 ft) & CW6811 Grants Pa(947 ft) & NORTH FORK MALHE(3270 ft) & Rome(4049 ft)
    Low: 57 at ROWEWS(104 ft) & LITTLE MCCOY CRE(5080 ft) & JUNIPR(359 ft)

    High:48 at MT. HOWARD(7910 ft) & ALAKES Haines(7979 ft)
    Low: 16 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 52 degrees
    CROW FLAT (68/16 ) (5172 ft )

    • Boydo3 N. Albany elev. just under 500' says:

      I was listening to a NOAA oceanographer on NPR a while back who was talking about the warm water off the west coast. He said it wasn’t tied into El Nino because it began while we were still in a La Nina phase. But the Dailykos seems to be good at cherry picking data and using it for their own agenda.
      The other problem with sealions and shore birds is that they had it really good for so many years that their populations rapidly expanded up and down the coast from Cal to BC. Now with declining food they are experiencing big die-offs. Just another cycle that we humans seem to have forgotten occurs in nature on a regular basis. Not to say that we haven’t done our fair share to screw things up…..but..

    • Boring Oregon says:

      Sea lions are a nuisance Boydo.

    • Brian Leroy says:

      Joe Bastardi disagrees with a strong or super event most likely cfsv.2 is overdoing it.

    • Lee Wilson says:

      We humans forget a lot so it can be agendenized. .

    • CFSv2 is always the hottest model. Our tax dollars at work!

    • …sea lions weren’t a nuisance until humans deemed it so….

    • Boring Oregon says:

      They eat all the fish larry. There should be sea lion hunting.

    • W7ENK says:

      I agree with both Boydo3 and Boring.

      As for the California Sea Lions, they never used to be up here this far North. Protecting them contributed significantly to their population explosion, which only then did they migrate North and find the Columbia. Up here, they’re an invasive species, and they’re doing their best to destroy our salmon.

      I think we should open a very long season for hunting them. 1200 pounds of sea lion could feed someone for quite some time! I’d eat it… or at least try it.

    • …what i meant was….humans, by building the dams that decimated the fish runs and creating the feeding frenzy spots have created this entire problem …if fish still returned from the sea in pre-dam numbers folks probably wouldn’t be so concerned about this…

    • Boring Oregon says:

      But larry you have to have a renewable resource though. That renewable resource comes from dams. So you’re saying we should get rid of the dams and use more fossil fuels?

    • Boring Oregon says:

      I do support Hydro power by the way.

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      I agree with everyone.

    • …I’m only stating the state of affairs as it exists, without going into any other benefits/failures of dams…..

  13. No orange or red sunset last night- it was too windy. But we’ll see what happens tonight.

  14. schmit44 says:

    5/1/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:88 at DW5789 Eagle Poi(1463 ft) & EW1735 Central P(1285 ft) & MERLIN SEED ORCH(1144 ft)
    Low: 55 at QUAIL PRAIRIE LO(3183 ft)

    High:51 at HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft)
    Low: 12 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 61 degrees
    FOSTER FLAT (76/15 ) (5000 ft )

  15. schmit44 says:

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    Jeffrey Kadell wins again and Karl S Bonner finishes 2nd. Congrats to these smart weather enthusiasts.

  16. schmit44 says:

    4/30/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:87 at BROOKINGS( 79 ft)
    Low: 57 at Brookings Airpor(459 ft)

    High:46 at HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft)
    Low: 7 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 56 degrees
    CROW FLAT (63/7 ) (5172 ft )

  17. I’m kind of annoyed at these mystery aerosols. This time of year I love the deep blue skies and the high sun angle and all the new greenery. Its a short window where we get intense bright green and blues before the summer forest fire smoke sets in and the foliage takes on darker dustier summer tones.

    • vernonia1 says:

      nice video of Lost Lake draining

    • Boring Oregon says:

    • vernonia1 says:

      never knew it went away each year

    • Very Cool! Thanks for the link. I remember way back in the day when Lost Lake seemed to keep more of the water than it does now. Could be my faulty memory but I seem to recall camping at that lake in the 70’s and water being up near the camp sites.

    • Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

      Apparently there are at least 19 lakes in Oregon with that name. This one is in central Oregon near Hwy 20, and is NOT the more popular “Lost Lake” in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

    • Boydo3 N. Albany elev. just under 500' says:

      I was wondering about the diminishing lake. We used to fish it back in the 70s (when there was lots of mt. snow). It’s just a marsh these days. Davis Lake in the central Cascades is another, much larger version of Lost Lake. Same thing though, a big hole where it drains out. In low snow/water years you can walk out to the hole and see it being sucked down. Maybe this summer?

  18. W7ENK says:

    “A large area of unknown aerosols is moving in from the Pacific Ocean…”

    Anyone else find that phrasing a little spooky? o_O

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      C H E M T R A I L S !

    • W7ENK says:

      I was thinking more like a large area of these floating in…

    • Boring Oregon says:

      Probably from the trash in the ocean…

    • Lee Wilson says:

      No such thing as “Unkown” everythi g has a classification, chemicals are well known..I bet if one was to fly up there and get some sales and bring it back it would be well known.

      And either the n person doing the test would vanish, or news media would fail to report on it.

      When you say unkown I think of. “Classified” as in secret.

      So I don’t buy the whole “unknown” if it has an is known.

    • Lee Wilson says:

      Ooo Mark has a conspiracy side..or he is hinting…
      Mark, try Windows 10..see what happens with your computer models..but then again, you guys probably use Linux or Unix based system.

      Or..a bunch of trained aliens ? Ok..Mark admit have aliens working for you guys..which is it the “Worms” or is it the “Pugs”? Or…is the The one species from the ” the last star fighter” who did the recruiting? You know the guy with the car that was a space ship? Him..?

      I had a crazy day.

    • Lee Wilson says:

      🍭 is spooky

    • High Desert Mat says:

      To Lee, uh…… what???

    • Lee…why dont you start your own blog so you can flood it with indecipherable gibberish?

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      A large area of known aerosols would scare me as well.

    • Garron near Washington square says:

      “unknown aerosols” = Mongolian Flatulence, ie more cows to feed the masses divided by global warming, multiplied by global hatred towards American lifestyle + fanning the “aerosols” our way minus HAARP {chemtrails/Cherynobl meltdown forest fire} and you get? Anyone? Anyone, Bueller?

  19. schmit44 says:

    4/29/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:76 at Ontario Municipa(2188 ft)
    Low: 55 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:38 at Timberline Lodge(6001 ft)
    Low: 24 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft ) & HOWARD Mt Howard (8150 ft ) & Timberline Lodge (6001 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 35 degrees
    KLAMATH BASIN NW (67/32 ) (4200 ft )
    Beatty (64/29) (4320 ft)
    CABIN LAKE (62/27) (4560 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.30″ at MARION FORKS(2600ft)
    0.30″ at BLAZED ALDER(3650ft)
    0.30″ at HIGH RIDGE(4980ft)
    0.30″ at EMIGRANT SPRINGS(3925ft)
    0.23″ at DW6659 Colton(825ft)
    0.22″ at EW1814 Florence(98ft)

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