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toughhalrechal

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Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« on: December 23, 2017, 10:15:48 PM »
Of course, if there were any clouds that I wouldn't have the ability to tell.  Once more the entire greater Vancouver regional district is socked in with smoke from the zillion forest fires moving in British Columbia.  The world burns while our governments fiddle.

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2017, 08:35:37 AM »
Yeah, a few of the smoke has drifted southeastward to the Spokane, Washington area.  I saw on the TV news just how bad the Vancouver air is currently...

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 11:40:36 AM »
Smoke and fires are effecting much of the western U.S. Montana had a large fire recently -- the "Lodgepole Complex". It burnt 270,723 acres -- over a quarter of a million acres. We had a fire start about a quarter of a mile from me after a thunderstorm not long ago -- way too close for comfort! Fortunately it was quickly put out. Just days later, after another thunderstorm, I spotted a new fire a few miles north of me and was the first to report it (in the wee hours of the morning). That one also was quickly and effectively dealt with.

Lately the smoke in my area has been thin enough to permit lunar observations, but not much else.

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017, 12:22:03 AM »
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.

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 10:16:00 AM »
I've read the reports, articles and seriousness of this. Quite troubling!

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 07:20:31 AM »
I actually saw one star last night - just one. I think it was Vega.

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2018, 10:27:41 AM »
I'm about 150 mile SSE of Vancouver, BC. Last night I was able to see all of three naked eye objects; The moon, Arcturus, and Vega. The moon looked like a pumpkin.

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2018, 06:34:10 PM »
The views from Spokane, WA USA are very smoky:


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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2018, 04:01:31 PM »
I'm in south central Idaho and the visibility due to smoke is about 2 miles . To make things worse its been between 95 F and 105F every day for a month. I think there might have been some clouds today besides the smoke but I'm not sure.

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 01:08:36 AM »
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I actually saw one star last night - just one. I think it was Vega.

Same here tonight, BUT, there was that salmon colored Moon as well. Did you miss that?

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 03:25:34 AM »
Anybody in the Idaho Falls and/or Rexburg area? I've got reservations in the area for the eclipse, but I've beenstalking air quality websites & reading the local news aboutvarious fires.I'm currently on the east coast though,soit's hard to visualize how bad it might be.

Thanks!

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2018, 06:33:38 AM »
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Anybody in the Idaho Falls and/or Rexburg area? I've got reservations in the area for the eclipse, but I've beenstalking air quality websites & reading the local news aboutvarious fires.I'm currently on the east coast though,soit's hard to visualize how bad it might be.

Thanks!

Here are some "SE Idaho Weather Cameras" LIVE: http://niwc.noaa.ine... Thumbnail2.htm

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2018, 06:20:43 AM »
I am growing concerned for the eclipse path. I live in Western Washington and the smoke in Port Orchard is very thick and I see no stars. Just a blood orange moon at night. I am heading to Baker City Oregon for the eclipse and let's hope that on shore flow starts up soon to blow the smoke away. Fingers Crossed for the eclipse.

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2018, 01:16:11 PM »
There's a good smoke map here - https://airnow.gov/i...smoke_wildfires .

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Re: Not a cloud in the sky but haven't seen a star for a week
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2018, 05:10:27 PM »
The Merritt Star Quest starts on the 18th at Loon Lake Gravel Pit . The huge Elephant Hill fire is roughly 150 km away (86 miles) and there are several others around like Princeton at 60km (35mi). Winds have been mostly going offshore which is why Vancouver has been socked in yet you can see in the Elkhart highway cam (closest to the pit) that hasn't stopped the area from being smoke bound. Supposedly the winds are supposed to be switching to inshore over the weekend which will blow it all toward Alberta. Don't know it that'll make smoke better or worse at the pit. Crossing fingers!

Location: https://www.google.c...m/data=!3m1!1e3

Highway Cam: http://images.driveb...tml/www/41.html