Hot weather, every state has seen record heat temps and many are over that one hundred mark with many over 110, and one in California topping off at 134 degrees! Record temps NCDC,NOAA.gov
Fires: Hotter in Weather Wyoming Points to Change and for us around here, that means longer hotter weather. While we do not get the hot weather that Arizona, New Mexico, Southern Colorado, Southern Utah, and California does; it is hot enough here. For some time temps have ranged in the high nineties to one hundred. That is plenty hot in the high plains and mountains here. Of course the mountains cool off. But recent fires here have illustrated just how dry and hot it has been.
We have Eleven fires here in Wyoming that are active according to the Wyoming Incident information website InciWeb. Two of them, the Arden fire is 544 acres already burned updated just a few moments ago this Monday morning. The second fire in the same area, that is approximately near where I go hunting, fishing, and camping in the Bighorns. It is the Hatchery Fire which has so far burned 2,570 acres. The three biggest are found in the Shoshone National forest, “Lava Mountain fire” which has burned 13,203 acres, the ‘Kara Creek Fire’ which has burned 12,347 acres, and the biggest of all is the ‘Cliff Creek Fire’, in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Adverse weather conditions will affect growing wildfires on public lands in central Wyoming, according to the National Weather Service, the U.S. Forest Service and other authorities.
The warm, dry weather has affected the largest one, the lightning-caused Cliff Creek Fire in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, according to the U.S. Forest Service website InciWeb. K2Radio
Now while these fires have not combined to fill the skies with smoke here, in the past the smoke has been so bad that you pretty much had to keep all windows and doors closed. The stinging smoke fills the city and the country state wide. We see this with big fires from Montana, Idaho, or Canada that sweep down. But our local fires, if big enough can do the same thing.
According to forecast models from the Wyoming Weather forecast, in the short term will be dry air, with no precip expected. Thus there will be a fire danger in some areas that will be enhanced. We are expected to be hot but we will see some temporary cooler weather after this wednesday. But that will not stay. In Wyoming July is hot and August can also be very warm as well.
We have not had such hot weather in some time. But as we live near the River, we do cool down a bit over other areas. The area here does have an effect that cools down at night especially. The other night we were 56 at night, yet during the day we swung to near a hundred. Here, for me; anything 90 and over is too hot!
But the effects on our Garden is dramatic. If we keep it watered, it will grow. For the container plants, on hot days as this, you need to water them three times a day to be sure they do not dry out. This year has been one of very hot weather in the US.
According to the Weather channel record high temps have been recorded in every state with temps of at least 100 degrees. But many have been well above 115 degrees according to the Weather Channel. So while we are hot in the USA this year, our past temp records are nothing to ignore. In fact, we have seen very hot and dangerous weather before. This summer looks to hit at the numbers as well. I expect a few heat temp records to be broken.
It is no surprise that the hottest temperatures in the U.S. have been recorded in the Desert Southwest. In fact, the highest temperature recorded in California, 134 degrees, is also the current hottest air temperature on record on Earth and was measured in Death Valley, California, on July 10, 1913. [Weather Channel IBID, see link above]
We still have two months of hot weather, that is; which could be hot! Traditionally we do cool off a lot in the fall. It is some of the best weather around here and also is harvest time. The change from past cooler summers to this year being a hot one is welcome in one aspect, tempered with a desire for cool temps. For many in California, and the desert southwest; our temps are actually cool to them. For me, it is hot and in some cases too hot!
by Dana Glenn Smith
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