According to the National Weather Service, a wind shift promises to bring more smoke from fresh California wildfires to our area, but not the choking kind of smoke that sends the air quality index off the chart to extremely unhealthy to hazardous, etc., you remember the drill. Over the next 72 hours, Columbia Basin sunrises and sunsets should be smashing.

NWS Seattle

Unlike earlier in September with Washington and Oregon fires mixing with California fires for a hazardous respiration experience, this smoke is of the high, hazy kind which still isn't the greatest to breathe, but starting Wednesday it should provide a perfect canvas for a spectacular last day of September sunrise and sunset and awesome October as the first 10 days of the new month promise to be well above normal in the temperature department.


Washington National Weather Services offices summarily say due to southerly winds higher up in the atmosphere, about 5000 feet, smoke is currently pushing north along the coast. Smoke is expected to arrive today and into Wednesday. The National Weather Service says the smoky conditions will last about three days. Whatever does come our way, it is not expected to be as gnarly and polluted as we all experienced earlier this month.

Columbia River Sunset in Tri-Cities
Photo by The Brad

A warm flow out of the south is accompanied by a thermal trough that is building up from California as new wildfires have sparked and are currently burning in northern and central California with fresh plumes of smoke pumped out. Forecasters are predicting a scorching 87 degrees on Friday in the Tri-Cities, mid-80s for tomorrow, Thursday and all the way through Tuesday of next week.


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