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9/7/2017 Wildfires in northwest bring smoke to Valley
In the midst of dramatic weather news across the nation, the Wet Mountain Valley experiences its own local version of a weather generated irritant. The immense wildfire smoke plume descending from the northwest in an upper air flow pattern has been with us for some time, and will continue to hover here for several more days. According to Pueblo based National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Cathy Torgerson, “There may be some days when the smoke thins out, but we’re pretty much stuck in an upper high system right now…we’ll need a significant wind shift to bring relief.” Some appreciation of the size of the plume can be seen on the Pueblo NWS facebook page videos. – W.A. Ewing