The smoke has diminished

By: wxranger, 9:43 PM GMT on August 28, 2014

We've been clear of smoke for a while now. We are all thankful for the work of the firefighters both on the ground and in the air. There is a lot of personal property damage and environmental too; one grows back slowly and building can be rebuilt.

We can now concentrate on the arrival of fall and then, inevitably, winter. Love the seasonal changes, fall is my favorite by an far.

As a side note, I replaced the rain bucket with the newest model ...


Roller coaster temperatures

By: wxranger, 3:55 PM GMT on July 25, 2014

We took a nice ride on the temperature "roller coaster" recently. July has been warm with temps in the 90's with three days in low 100's. That all changed on July 23rd when we had a nice cold front blow through. Temperatures dropped significantly.

Yesterday, the 24th, our high was 74°F. We also got a quarter inch of rain out of the low pressure system as it moved through our area. It greatly helped the wildland fire situation too. The concern now is lon...


Lower tempreatures, a bit less smoke

By: wxranger, 1:58 PM GMT on July 20, 2014

Our high yesterday, Saturday July 18, was in the low 90's. It was nice to "feel" that. We took a break from Saturday Market because of the lingering smoke. We actually drove south to get out of the smoke and clear our throats a bit. Took advantage and did some shopping and had a nice dinner too. Yet, our "issues" are absolutely nothing compared to those who lost homes and businesses in the aftermath of the Carlton Complex Fire. Thankfully, no lost life.


Drought Temperatures Fire Rotary Club

Regional widfires create a "smoked" atmosphere

By: wxranger, 8:30 PM GMT on July 18, 2014

There are a number of wildfires burning in our region of North Central Washington State. Here is the list:

Mills Canyon Complex
Carlton Complex (this is the largest and most active currently)
R Road Fire
Lone Mountain 1 Fire

The smoke and particulate matter are moderate to heavy here at my home. A good amount of ash on the walkway and vehicles this morning.

If you want details, go here: Link

Drought Fire

Hot July, and we are only halfway into the month

By: wxranger, 10:21 PM GMT on July 17, 2014

We've exceeded the 100°F mark three times already this July 2014. Here's the list:

July 13: 102.0°F
July 15: 101.5°F
July 16: 103.8°F

Official records for this region (Grand Coulee, WA) show these temperature are not records. Looking back to 2009 in my own records only once did we exceed the 100°F mark. On July 2, 2013 we had a 102.3°. All other July records show high temps 90's only.

As I write this, we are envelope...

Drought temperture July

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A weather hobbyist who writes about the weather in a monthly column. I've been a CoCoRaHS observe for 6 years and a Weather Spotter for the NWS.