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Levi Cruse

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2018, 02:29:41 AM »
We have been socked in for two weeks, able to see only the sun and moon, sort of.

Coincidently this occured just just as I began testing my new 16" DobStuff.

Sorry about that!

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2018, 10:33:30 AM »
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Yes indeed, my skies have been smoky for a couple of weeks now. Sometimes it's so bad, I can smell the stench inside the house.  This has been a very, very dry & extremely hot July here.

That's what they'd been saying on the Weather Channel. Extreme drought conditions for parts of Montana and the Dakotas.

Joe Hall

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2018, 12:03:55 PM »
The times, they are a changing

I can see clouds. Yes, that's what I said - I can SEE them now. Oh and, between them I've seen three entire stars rather than just the lone one I got glimpses of a couple times in the last two weeks.

Supposed to rain starting tomorrow evening along with a wind change, I'll be able to see the sky again (what little I get from my red zone) Yippee!

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2018, 05:48:19 AM »
It's 1:30am. I see the moon but no stars.

Over the past 10 years our highest fire risk has been in September as the forest continues to dry out over the summer months. So yes, we may get a temporary reprieve as winds change for a few days , but relief due to meaningful rains? No.

Any storms approaching this this time of year usually bring spotty showers and dry lightening.

Bill Godschalk

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2018, 06:07:26 AM »
"Any storms approaching this this time of year usually bring spotty showers and dry lightening."

Same here. Have had two such storms recently, the lightning is a real danger for starting more fires, with only a few raindrops during these storms.

The skies here are so bad, you cannot see any clouds, or storms approaching, just suddenly lightning starts flashing. The sun & moon are a bright red. This has been the conditions here for a month now.

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2018, 12:26:39 AM »
Around here September is the start of the rainy season (some people call it fall). In fact our star parties that end up in the first two weeks of September are typically clouded out with several periods of rain and its usually when the big fires die down (out by third week kind of thing). At the very least, temperatures drop quite a bit so evaporation doesn't dry everything out 5 minutes after a shower.

Zachary Tenk

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2018, 01:42:55 AM »
Query whether smoke from western fires will eventually affect eastern US observing conditions as well?

Observing conditions haven't been good very often here the southeastern US lately either, but I had assumed it was mostly due to our seasonal hazy steam-bath atmospheric conditions and associated atmospheric hospitality to generating an abundance of tall, persistent cumulus clouds and T-storms. Hard to tell to what extent smoke from western regions is getting carried along by wind and mixing in with the normal seasonal haze - but so far it isn't as obvious a contributor as it's been from some past western fire seasons.

Darkz Tousa

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2018, 11:33:13 PM »
Here's the smoky conditions here, that have been like this for around a month now. The mountains are completely obscured. Cannot tell whether the sky is cloudy or what. The sun doesn't even cast a faint shadow. Observing? No!


Christopher Buchanan

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2018, 10:35:44 PM »
@ csa/montana: While watering my trees this morning at dawn, I saw how the breezy COLD FRONT scoured out the smoke and haze in the Spokane, WA area in about an hour. The front (with rain) is heading your way!

Jon Venning

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2018, 04:59:11 AM »
I wish! All my forecast shows is possible thunderstorms later today. That means lightning! In the mid-high 80's next 10 days. Twice there have been strong winds move in, and I thought it would clear the smoke; but nope.

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2018, 12:06:12 AM »
We ended up with a bit of rain in Wenatchee and no lightning. That should set back fire season for three days or so.

It did completely clear out the sky.

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2018, 08:56:06 AM »
I really hope that rain does come here, it's very badly needed, not only to clear the skies, but to help with wildfires.

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2018, 02:36:28 PM »
As if the weather and crowds aren't enough to worry about on eclipse day...

https://www.forbes.c...w/#2e6965ab4dff

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #28 on: January 25, 2018, 08:06:18 PM »
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As if the weather and crowds aren't enough to worry about on eclipse day...

https://www.forbes.c...w/#2e6965ab4dff

Dave Mitsky

While Montana isn't inline for a complete eclipse; it's wildfires probably will affect areas that are inline for a complete eclipse. Montana's wildfires:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/27/

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2018, 11:20:10 PM »
Carol,

Do I understand correctly that there are 25 active fires at the moment ???