A large number of fires are burning out of control in the Western states everywhere from Montana and Wyoming to California. A large percentage of these fires are in Nevada and California.
Besides the devastation these fires are producing both to Mother Nature and to peoples' lives, they are also producing a considerable amount of smoke. A satellite picture taken this morning when the sun was at more of an angle shows some of this smoke. The smoke is the hazy looking areas from northern California to Wyoming.
There is a special satellite-derived product that better depicts the extent of the smoke. This map appears below.
The colored areas depict where there is smoke being detected. The increasing green color is thicker and thicker smoke with the thickest smoke in the grayish, shaded areas. As you can see, there is quite a large area of the West having at least some smoke in the air. The heart of the fire season is just in its infancy, and there is a long way to go until the wet season returns.
With approximately 1.6 million acres burned so far this is about 600,000 acres less than last year
Within the three-state area of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, there are 21 large fire incidents ongoing.
The water level on this massive reservoir had never been lower than what was reached on July 9.
It has been pretty hot of late in the interior Northwest but even hotter weather looks likely by Sunday and Monday.
It does not usually rain this time of year; when it does, this is usually how it happens.
This is the beginnings of the summer monsoon pattern that typically starts around the first week in July.