Smoke from California fires may continue to hang around
August 15, 2007
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” Look for continued dry, breezy afternoons and very warm temperatures. There may be a few clouds around today, much like Tuesday, but the threat of showers or thunderstorms will remain confined to areas to our south and east. Expect highs today to warm again into the upper 70s to mid 80s, and near 90 around eastern Alpine County. Lows will fall back to the mid 40s to mid 50s, with upper 50s possible along the East Shore and Kingsbury areas. Winds will pick up in the afternoon from the southwest in the 10 to 20 mph range.
A few of you have asked exactly where all this smoke has been coming from, specifically in California, and when it might clear. There are three fires that are contributing to the smoky conditions that I am aware of: one northeast of Hetch Hetchy near Yosemite National Park; another in the Coastal Range south of San Jose but west of Modesto; and a third down near Santa Barbara, the Zaca fire, which continues to flare up and burn very hot, thus producing a lot of smoke. As for when the smoke may clear, Tuesday was not too bad but, depending on how much each of these fires flare up and the prevailing wind direction, we will see our good days and our hazy days for at least the next week or so.