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Rain Coming in to Ease Smoke and Cool Us Down

By: Jordan Frazier
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 6:48 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - We saw much cooler temperatures today, very similar to what much of the state experienced this weekend after the cold front, due to the increase in cloud cover and scattered showers and thunderstorms. The smoke started to ease up a little bit for the southeastern regions of the state getting rid of the air quality warnings. Still, much of the north can still see thick haze and smoke keeping their warnings in effect. As the storms begin to move through, we are starting to see flash flood watches pop up.

Air quality alerts have taken over much of the north with flash flood watches taking over the...
Air quality alerts have taken over much of the north with flash flood watches taking over the south. The mix of smoke and storms isn't the best combination.(Jordan Frazier)

This is because these storms are very slow moving and contain lots of perceptible rain. The smoke forecast shows that we can see that heavy smoke throughout much of the northern and eastern regions going into tomorrow, but by Thursday, a lot of that smoke begins to dissipate becoming more moderate. Showers and storms today could be seen early this morning near the central regions of the state moving east as we go into the afternoon and evening hours. That stationary front sitting over us that was supposed to turn into a warm front has weakened into an upper level trough, helping to fuel these storms.

The stationary front sitting over our region that was supposed to turn into a warm has now...
The stationary front sitting over our region that was supposed to turn into a warm has now turned into a trough helping to fuel these storms. It'll still move east reducing our rain chances later in the week according to the models.(Jordan Frazier)

The models are still in agreement that the system will move further out east decreasing our rain chances for later in the week. Nothing in terms of severe weather is expected as there is very little upper level shear taking place, making these storms more of a rain-maker than anything else. Tonight, most of the storms will remain in the northern regions like Casper allowing for fog to form tomorrow morning. For the southern regions, isolated showers are still possible, but more than likely we can just see overcast skies. Lows will remain average with temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Tomorrow, it’ll begin warming up once again but to more seasonable levels. Mostly 80s are expected with a few 90s popping up in the northernmost regions. For the rest of the week, we can expect to see drier and warmer conditions, but nothing outside of the normal.

After the rain and clouds go away for much of tomorrow, we can see warmer temperatures begin to...
After the rain and clouds go away for much of tomorrow, we can see warmer temperatures begin to take back over. Nothing out of the normal luckily.(Jordan Frazier)

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