Fire Threats Increase into the Weekend
Friday, September 18
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -
An Air Quality Alert as been issued for most of Wyoming because the thick smoke has deteriorated the air quality. Some sign the smoke is affecting your is runny nose ,coughing, phlegm, burning eyes, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. People who are most at risk are older adults, lung or hear diseases, and asthma. Limit your outdoor activities, especially physically demanding activities, and wear an N-95 or P-100 because the smoke particulates can get through the cloth and surgical masks that we are wearing for Covid-19. The rest of our Friday evening will be quiet with hazy skies.
The eastern parts of Wyoming are under a Fire Weather Warnings until Saturday at 8pm because of windy and dry conditions will be the theme this weekend. Burning of any kind are highly discouraged of this time.
The haze and smoke is not expected to leave the area until later this weekend when a cold front moves through cleaning the haze out of the sky and cooling our temperatures down. The smoke is from the wildfires in the western states such as California, Washington, Montana, and Oregon. A high pressure that has set up just west of Wyoming is filtering in the smoke and haze into the skies because the winds are clockwise rotation funneling them into Wyoming.
The Climate Predication Center has published their temperature outlook for September 19-30 the west will be above average temperatures for next week. The precipitation outlook came out for the September 19-30 and Wyoming will be well below average for precipitation chance over the next week. This means our drought conditions will continue to deteriorate. Our drought monitor has more than 20% of the state in the extreme level (4/5).
As we head into out weekend the temperatures will remain steady in the upper 70s and 80s with windy conditions. A few isolated showers and storms are possible for the western parts of the state.
The state will begin to warm back up before a cold front comes through on this weekend bringing isolated showers and storms to the state by Saturday evening.
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