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    Default Re: Low visibility in the Northwest US



    Quote Originally Posted by UlteriorModem View Post
    Almost makes me glad for the clouds and rain that have settled in down here.
    We need some of that up here. It would be nice to wash the particulates out of the atmosphere before the new moon and eclipse.
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    Default Re: Low visibility in the Northwest US

    This summer, and last, have been terrible for smoke. Last July there was one clear, moonless night where I could only barely see five stars in a sea of blackness. During the day everything had a dimmed, reddish hue. The smell of smoke got old. This summer there have been many days with a milky sky from high-altitude smoke (you can watch it move in on satellite loops) or low-elevation haze. My typical mag 6.3-6.7 sky is now often a mag 4-5 sky. The West needs some serious rains.
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    Default Re: Low visibility in the Northwest US

    It's making for some beautiful sunsets here. Wish it wasn't at the expense of others. Here's hoping it clears up well before the Eclipse.
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    Default Re: Low visibility in the Northwest US

    Quote Originally Posted by Caddman View Post
    I'm pretty sure you folks are pretty toasty up there. We are still over 100 degrees here. We never got up to the 110 that was predicted, but it's still quite hot.
    The heat isn't helping with the fire situation. At least the wind isn't blowing.
    We're usually a couple of degrees cooler than Longview and Portland. It was over 100 today so nothing is cooler. Hey Caddman, I'm fairly new to this area and an acapella observer at this time. You know of any astronomy activities on my side of the mountains?
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    Default Re: Low visibility in the Northwest US

    The Dry Creek fire about 14 miles North of where I live flared up again. The fire crews thought that they had it out a month ago. Now it's going again. I saw the spotter planes flying over yesterday. At least the highway isn't shut down.

    The Indian Creek fire to the West is nowhere near getting contained. The haze coming from that fire is thinner than last week. The crews are letting it burn because the terrain is too steep to get into to fight it. Helicopters are dumping water on it. That's about all they can do at moment.

    The winds have picked up and some clouds are moving in. Thunder Storms are expected. The prospect for in imaging or observing over the next couple of weeks looks pretty dim.

    I'm getting somewhat concerned about Madras, Oregon during the eclipse. They expect somewhere around 300,000 people. Things could get ugly if the thunderboomers come through this week. Careless people in these dry conditions could make the situation even worse.
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    Default Re: Low visibility in the Northwest US

    The wind blew in RAIN! Not drenching rain, but a light rain. Sure hope that it trickles down to Oregon and washes out the smoke there. Maybe also help dampen the fires too!

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    Default Re: Low visibility in the Northwest US

    Quote Originally Posted by seawolfe View Post
    The wind blew in RAIN! Not drenching rain, but a light rain. Sure hope that it trickles down to Oregon and washes out the smoke there. Maybe also help dampen the fires too!
    We got a little rain last night. Not enough to dampen the fires. As a matter of fact, a new fire started yesterday North of Goldendale on Satus Pass.
    On a brighter note, the Dry Creek fire is now contained. It's still smoldering. But at least it's not spreading.
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