The good news is that high pressure is here and we are going to have a wonderful Labor Day. The weekend was almost perfect, with the cooler air and mostly clear skies. I say almost, only because Northern California is still getting a bad dose of smoke coverage from the Happy Camp Complex. Winds out ahead of the ridge were pushing the smoke east and south east for most of the weekend. Areas like Yreka, Fort Jones, Etna, and Weed were all sitting in the “Unhealthy for All Groups” category for most of the weekend. As the winds would calm overnight, smoke would filter out. However, in the wake of the cold front, we’ve had a few afternoons of strong afternoon winds (including Sunday) which took the wind and spread it out to the southeast.
Good news for cities along the I-5 in Northern California. Winds on Labor Day will become northerly/northeasterly and will push the smoke away from those areas. Unfortunately this means smoke for other areas including Somes Bar, Willow Creek, and Orleans. Areas in the immediate area of the fire will see smoke (Like Happy Camp), and do expect haze in Fort Jones and Etna, especially in the morning before the winds completely shift.
At the coast, the Chetco will be hanging around for most of the week as we have broad offshore flow allowing for Brookings and nearby coastal towns to warm up into the lower to mid-70′s.
Back in Southern Oregon, almost crystal clear skies and a little bit warmer in the afternoon for Labor Day. The axis of the high pressure ridge will pass over at that time (thus, warmer temperatures). Wednesday morning, a dry cold front will pass and cool us off a bit. No moisture associated with it so we will stay dry.
Meteorologist Seth Phillips
Photos Submitted Today:
Herb Kennedy: Hungry Osprey at Agate Lake