Changes are Coming to Wyoming this Weekend
September 17th, 2020
This week has been full of hazy skies for Wyoming. The sun has been shining bright all week, however Monday was the only day where it could truly be seen and felt. Since then a milky white haze has continued to thicken across the Wyoming sky. But as the end of the week nears, a good bit of that should taper away come Saturday. Moisture will be making its way back into the Wyoming atmosphere thanks to a dip in the jet stream bringing a small weather system to Wyoming. Clouds will make their way into Wyoming from the southwest Friday afternoon, although they will be very difficult to see at first. However the return of moisture to the Cowboy State means two things: a reduction of the smoky skies and a very slight uptick in rain chances.
When it comes to the rain chances for this weekend, they remain quite low, and a lot of that will have to do with how much smoke is still in the air come Saturday. The more smoke there still is, the less chance there is for rain. And this unfortunately will not be widespread rain but rather a few isolated thunderstorms. The drought monitor released this morning shows that not a lot has changed with the drought conditions in Wyoming. This is due to the fact that data collection for the monitor stops the Tuesday morning before it is released at 8:00 AM ET. So this weeks monitor took into account all the precipitation from the winter weather last week as well as any showers on Thursday or Friday of last week.
Despite this the state remains very dry, and the rain chances this weekend are going to be extremely limited. Combine that with the fact that the coming system will bring strong winds to Wyoming, mainly coming from the southwest, bringing some very breezy conditions to cities such as Casper and Rawlins. The National Weather Service has already gone and issued a Fire Weather Watch until 8:00 PM Saturday night for Southern and Western Wyoming as well as Converse and Niobrara counties. It also includes Laramie and Platte Counties west of I-25. Red Flag Warnings will likely be issued for parts of the state tomorrow and even more of it come Saturday thanks to the expected widespread breezy conditions.
Beyond this weekend it looks like our current pattern will return: plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s/lower 80s. Don’t be surprised if the smoky skies come back either, they will likely be a recurring issue until the fires in California, Oregon, and Colorado get under control.
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