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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby jdorje » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:28 pm

50+ miles of visibility in the northern SLV today, and even higher in the Arkansas valley. Wind was pushing the smoke off toward the south (over Alamosa and Blanca).

Bad news: mosquito alert is at a 7 out of 10.
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby semitrueskerm » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:51 pm

when you say mosquito alert.... do you mean smoke in the mosquito mountains? or are you referring to Skeeters? If its the later, then its time for to start the annual Skeeter report thread.... always a fan favorite... Can you confirm Skeeter sightings ???

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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby jdorje » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:57 pm

Yes, the Biting Insect Alert Level (BIAL) is at 7 out of 10 (non-capped). The snowmelt 3 weeks ago should be the giveaway, as that's the breeding ground for the worst of them.
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby Steve Climber » Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:55 am

Interesting ISS images of West Fork plume going directly through Crestones.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=81485&src=fb

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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby jdorje » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:12 am

Those images from the 19th are last Wednesday, when the fire burned 6000 acres. On Friday it burned 25000 acres or considerably more, and the smoke was 100x worse. Too bad there are no pictures from then.
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby Steve Climber » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:26 am

True. Just saw these on a friend's FB page and thought they were cool enough to share. Not much to add to the conditions, but neat to look at.
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby San Juan Ron » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:50 am

The smoke was in the Silverton and Lake City areas (as well as Gunnison) so the general pattern of blowing primarily east seems to have changed. You could be impacted anywhere in the San Juan's if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction. SJ Ron

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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby Bullwinkle » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:08 pm

Nice showers in Wet Mountain Valley around Westcliffe last two days, though we could always use more.
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby summit2sea » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:12 am

Bullwinkle wrote:Nice showers in Wet Mountain Valley around Westcliffe last two days, though we could always use more.


Bullwinkle, how is the smoke in the Valley this week. I'm heading up to my cabin near Pines Ranch and was hoping to hit Spread Eagle if the smoke is not too bad.

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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby Bullwinkle » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:36 pm

It has rained just about every day for the last week--and we have a beautiful sunset shower going now. Visibility is great, as is air quality.

If you are in the area on the 4th, feel free to watch the fireworks (still scheduled) from our place on the north side of Lake DeWeese (Corpus Christi Ranch) at CR220 and Lakeview Road. Take CO69 north from Westcliffe to Copper Gulch Road, pass Saint Andrews Golf Club, then turn right on CR220. It is two miles in on the right. Can't miss it.
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby rocky » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:17 pm

The winds have been from the east and southeast yesterday and today - smoke has gone away for now.

Hope folks will enjoy spending the 4th of July in South Fork and Creede - to celebrate with us! (South Fork has no festivities planned, but Creede's parade and mining events will be held as scheduled).
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby summit2sea » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:36 am

Thanks for the gouge gents. Bullwinkle, PM inbound.

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