Clean Air Returns to Mammoth Lakes……At Least for a while….Still some isolated showers possible this week………Overall, very nice weather here…..Some Aspens turning yellow gives a hint of Fall……
Monday September 2, 2013
Posted at 5:34 pm by Howard
Computer Issues the past week…
Will update soon….
Dr Howard and the Dweebs…………………..:-)
Labor Day Update 5:30PM
With the expected wind increase yesterday…..clearing came to the skies of Old Woolly as expected. Afternoon clouds and a few light showers dotted the skies mainly to our east.
Eastern California continues to be inbetween a Trof in the Pacific NW and an upper high over Colorado. A moist Monsoon flow will continue to effect mainly Nevada and extreme Eastern Ca. Our local Sierra seems to have just enough SSW flow to keep the smoke to our north and showers mainly to our east. However for the record, the Sierra is still expecting a chance of showers or Thunder the next two days.. The upper low will begin to shift east Wednesday putting Mammoth a bit closer to the Rt Rear entry of the upper jet for some extra Divergence aloft and that may make for a better chance of the showers Wednesday PM. Thereafter, Thursday and into the weekend is of concern as far as the possibility of smoke returning to our area from the Rim Fire.
Much drier air and a more stable air mass is expected to move over our region Thursday. Although the main effect of the upper low will be a stronger and drier Southwest flow with winds gusting to 35+ MPH. Conditions may be favorable for increased fire activity from the weather conditions headed our way.
As the winds increase Thursday, they will begin to back to the west during the day. That is a better trajectory for the return of smoke to Southern Mono County. Then there is always the possibility that if there is some cooling with the system to our north, a northerly drainage wind my develop during the late night and into the morning. This very well may bring a return to smoky conditions to Southern Mono County again like last weekend. The fire is 60% contained. Lets hope containment continues on a rapid pace.
RIM FIRE INFORMATION
Release for Monday, September 2, 2013/Time: 6:30 AM
Acres Burned: 228,670 (357 square miles) Structures Threatened: 4,500
Containment: 60% Residences Destroyed: 11
Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013 Commercial Property Destroyed: 3
Fire Cause: Under Investigation Outbuildings Destroyed: 97
Cost to date: $66 million Injuries: 5
Total Personnel 4,616
Line construction combined with burning operations continued overnight where safe conditions and accessibility allowed on the east and southeast flanks of the fire. There has been good progress made on the spot fires occurring near Pilot Peak and along the southern perimeter. Fire activity continues to be active in the south and southeast with moderate rates of spread and torching. Today winds will be coming from the south southwest with up to 20mph gusts. Fire activity has been slow and moderate in the north end of the fire. Today’s fire weather is extreme. Very active fire and extensive spotting continues to hamper suppression efforts and pose risks to firefighters. Air resources continue to be utilized in assistance with spot fires, slowing fire advancement, and control lines in advance of the fire spread.