Monday, September 7, 2020

OK, Who Had "Ghost Riders In The Sky" for September?

 This is downright spooky. It's High Noon here, and the security light turns on when you walk past it.

This is what it looks like to the South and SW:

And the color is pretty accurate; a sickly orange-yellow.

I thought the ashfall was heavy yesterday, but look at today:

And it's heavy enough to see in the street:

But there's rain, snow, and more rain in the forecast:

Labor Day
Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 90. South wind 5 to 14 mph becoming west northwest. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
Rain before 5am, then rain and snow. Areas of smoke before 7pm. Areas of blowing dust between 8pm and 1am. Low around 32. Windy, with a north wind 14 to 19 mph increasing to 26 to 31 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 1pm. High near 33. Windy, with a north wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tuesday Night
Snow likely, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
A 50 percent chance of snow before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night
A slight chance of rain before 11pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 11pm and 1am, then a chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.
Thursday Night
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.
A chance of rain, mainly before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.
The fire is now well over 40,000 acres, having expanded by 10,000 acres on Saturday/Sunday.

The Easternmost lobe of the fire is now 23 miles away. Yesterday it was 38 miles away. I would expect it to continue expanding and coming closer until it either burns out from lack of fuel, hits the firebreaks they're scrambling to build, or the rain and snow put it out.

SLW heard on the teevee today that it could burn for another month.
One of the other fires West of the Rockies is now the largest fire ever recorded in the state of Colorado.


  1. The last time I can remember it this bad was 2015.

    1. This is the first season we've been here where we were close enough to get actual ash fallout. The High Park fire was in 2012, and our first visit here was July 2013.

      This one is burning some of the things that survived, and I don't think there's much fuel to burn when it gets to the burned out areas from 2012.

  2. We've had those conditions way too many times since moving to Alaska. The last time was last year; this year's been fairly quiet, thank Heaven.

    1. Mother Nature does what Mother Nature wants to do!

      We're expected to get 4"~6" of snow out of this, and I'm not picking up the new snowblower until Wednesday, so I got caught flat-footed anyway!

  3. That's the way Florida looked like in 1998, after leftists stopped prescribed burns for 20 years.

    Some places are still almost denuded.

    1. This fire is now over 103,000 acres, and is the largest fire ever recorded in Larimer County. It's also burning through some of the area that's recovering from the High Park fire in 2012, which is now the #2 fire.

      I'm prepping a new post on the fire and the rain/snow we've been getting.


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