Speaking of things towering in the sky, this shot shows a massive smoke plume from the wildfire near Mt. Adams, Washington. It makes the mountain look more like a hill!
About the only way you’re getting into the 90s so late in the year is to have very warm air above us and an east wind blowing down onto us! And we did. It was breezy. This type of ‘downslope’ wind is similar to the Santa Anas in California and the Chinook in Canada. The air hits the valley floor and gets compressed and smashed by more air coming down on top of it and this acts to create heat. Seperate from what the sun can do by itself.
What’s crazier than all of this? The week of September 16th also looks unusually warm, again, and I have a feeling some of us will hit 90 degrees again. Stay tuned!