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Old 09-08-2020, 12:16 AM
 
Location: The Emerald City
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I'm in Sammamish/Issaquah and have my windows open. Now my entire place stinks like smoke!

I hear theirs fires in Kent and NewCastle. Hopefully its nothing compared to the California fires.
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Old 09-08-2020, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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nope, it's from the otherside of them mountains. Smell is kinda grassy/straw smell not a pitchy-turpentine smell indicative of fir/evergreen trees.
Eastern WA has a lot of wheat and grasslands that are tinder.

Central and Eastern Oregon has a lot of scrub pine, sage, and poor grassland. Very little grassland like in central WA.

Just another one of the differences b/w Oregon and Washington.

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Old 09-08-2020, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Seattle area
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It's from the fires in Eastern WA as the winds shifted last night.
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Old 09-08-2020, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Lyon, France, Whidbey Island WA
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Here is a link to air quality information.

https://www.airnow.gov
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Old 09-08-2020, 08:36 AM
 
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smoke oh my
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Old 09-08-2020, 10:18 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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Originally Posted by 41Willys View Post
I'm in Sammamish/Issaquah and have my windows open. Now my entire place stinks like smoke!

I hear theirs fires in Kent and NewCastle. Hopefully its nothing compared to the California fires.
We are in Sammamish too, but windows have been closed so I didn't notice until I went outside. It's still not nearly as bad as the year we had the fires in B.C, Canada. For some reason Seattle got more of the smoke than we did this time.
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Old 09-08-2020, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Friends are posting photos from the Okanagan and from Victoria of smokey skies.

EDIT: Smoke is now entering the Lower Mainland. I live downtown and it's smokey and smells like a campfire.

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Old 09-08-2020, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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Geography factoids WA vs OR
Washington has some very impressive mountains and higher than Oregon's. However, Washington's Cascade passes are generally lower and Eastern WA geography is also lower than Oregon's Central and Eastern lands. So when high pressure develops east of the Cascades and a low pressure off the coast, the pressure differential will draw the smoke thru Washington's passes but not thru Oregon's passes.?? Why, because Oregon's eastern side is high plateau 3000+ feet and the air flow will go thru the lowest point-The Columbia Gorge. Bend OR ev 3700ft, Redmond Or just 20 miles north ev 3077ft, and the Columbia R about 150 miles further north and sealevel. Wenatchee is just el 750ft and 130 miles to the Gorge; And even though the elevation differences between the pass and land is much greater in Washington, the pressure differences are much greater. Hence Smoke would rather go thru the passes in WA whereas Smoke in OR would rather go downhill to the Gorge.

Sister's Pacific City, home in Oregon (http://webcam.pacificcity.org/ , 100 miles south of Astoria) will see smoke today that will come down thru the Gorge, down the Willamette Valley, thru the Nestucca/Tillamook Passes on the coast range, And alternately thru Portland to Seaside-Astoria where the North wind will carry it down the Oregon Coast.
Pacific City Weather,
today, Tues 9/08: 77°/54°
High Wind Warning
North Oregon Coast, Oregon
21 hours ago – National Weather Service
HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT TUESDAY ... East winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 to 60 mph expected for higher terrain near the coast ...

Wed:Sunny,83°52°
Thu,Sunny,69°49°
Fri, Mostly sunny 62°48°
Sat,Mostly sunny59°49°
Sun, Mostly cloudy 60°51°
Mon,Scattered showers, 62°52°

StealthRabbit's home in the Gorge will be windy, hot, very smokey

Fire danger is extremely hazardous, all of PNW from Coast to Rockies.

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Old 09-08-2020, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Yeah, we are (mostly) protected by our mountain ridge here in the Seattle area, probably one of the best places to be for global warming. The South Sound doesn't do so well, though. Bad fire in Graham just happened. https://komonews.com/news/local/8-ho...ound-windstorm
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Old 09-08-2020, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Seattle area
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Yeah, we are (mostly) protected by our mountain ridge here in the Seattle area, probably one of the best places to be for global warming. The South Sound doesn't do so well, though. Bad fire in Graham just happened. https://komonews.com/news/local/8-ho...ound-windstorm
But currently air quality is the worst in Seattle and North of it. Tacoma looks good.

https://www.purpleair.com/map?opt=1/...7.548/-122.189
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