Cool Start to the Week

September 28th, 2020
Breezy conditions in the southeastern part of Wyoming this afternoon have prompted the SPC to issue a Level 1 Fire Risk for the region.
Breezy conditions in the southeastern part of Wyoming this afternoon have prompted the SPC to issue a Level 1 Fire Risk for the region.(KGWN)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 11:53 AM CDT
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The final week of September has arrived, and it feels like fall outside. Temperatures dropped on Sunday thanks to a cold front that moved through Wyoming. This cold front helped clear the skies over Cheyenne and Laramie, which on Saturday were covered in smoke and completely orange. The shift in winds from the west to the north allowed the smoke to blow south, clearing out over Wyoming. The northern winds also brought some more seasonable temperatures. Lastly, the cold front brought a few isolated rain showers to the Cowboy State. Unfortunately, the rain wasn’t enough to help with drought conditions or in the battle against the Mullen Fire. The cooler temperatures are not going to last, however.

Sunshine is expected almost every day this week in Wyoming, and temperatures will rebound to the 70s by tomorrow afternoon. We can thank a building ridge pattern over the western US for that; it will build in high pressure keeping the western half of the country warm and dry. The eastern part of the state will likely see breezy conditions from the northwest and the north through Wednesday, and as temperatures warm back up the potential for wildfires also climbs. The National Weather Service may issue a Fire Weather Watch later this week. For today, the Storm Prediction Center issued an Elevated (Level 1/3) risk for wildfires in the southeastern part of Wyoming thanks to breezy conditions. Additionally, Air Quality Alerts remain in effect until noon today for SE Carbon, S Albany, and W Laramie county thanks to the Mullen Fire. The NWS may extend this to noon tomorrow.

Overall this week, conditions will be rather pleasant with highs mainly hanging in the low to mid 70s for many locations across Wyoming. Rain chances unfortunately remain minimal over the next 10 days, however they could potentially go up on Friday or Saturday. Temperatures are expected to remain above average for this time of year throughout next week, all while precipitation amounts are forecast to be below average for the same timeframe.

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