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Expected Smoke Relief Will Take Its Time Getting Here

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

National Weather Service forecasts over the weekend indicated we might see winds early in the week that would move some of the thick wildfire smoke out of the region.


But the newest computer modeling indicates the weak low pressure coming in late Monday and early Tuesday won't have much of an impact on the smoke.


“There was a potential for a little bit stronger winds coming in, for later today into tomorrow, and there's some slight shower chances but it's mainly around the mountains and that system's looking pretty weak so the impacts are not expected to be significant enough to move anything out," said National Weather Service meterologist Jeffrey Cote.



He forecasts maybe a slight chance of light rain Monday evening in the mountains. But the next best chance for some smoke relief from winds, along with some rain, won't be until the end of the work week.


“That's during the day Friday and I’m looking at our forecasts and there's about a 50% chance for Friday night, and then early in the day Saturday and then they start to wind down," Cote said.

One effect the smoke has had is that is has also reduced the expected high temperatures. Cote says computer models had showed expected temperatures to be almost 20 degrees hotter on Sunday than the actual high in the upper 60s. The cooler temperatures are expected to continue for the rest of the week.


Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.