Sunday, June 05, 2016

Hot, Smokey Skies

We have been away, up in Winslow, for several days, but it was flirting with 100 F even up there. High yesterday here in Tucson was 111 F and it was a brutal day to return from the higher elevations. Skies were smokey during our trip due to a number of active wildfires. Views here are to the north from Kitt Peak last evening (above) and also to the north this morning from campus (below). Definitely a red sky in the morning today, as the sun rose behind higher-level smoke that has been moving southward from fires in the Rim Country. Larger, active wildfire locations this morning (for Arizona and New Mexico) are shown on map that is second below. The 700 mb analysis (from NCAR) for 12 UTC this morning (bottom graphic) shows the very hot temperatures over the Great Basin and Southwest, with many upper-air observations of 15 C and higher - another day of serious heat threat for most living things here.

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