Banded suns

7:13 PM, June 3rd. Yikes.
7:14 PM June 3rd.
7:14 PM June 3rd.
7:14 PM June 3rd.  Finch stares at strange sunset.  Smoke in the background dribbles down from Gila County fire.
4:53 PM, June 3rd. Large rodent distraction.  I thought they were nocturnal…..
2:25 PM. Gila smoke layer dims sun slightly, but not much effect on temperature; was 107°-108° F about this time.
7:15 PM yesterday. Same smoke band from up around Gila County, same sun.
7:17 PM yesterday. Overview of smoke band.

By Art Rangno

Retiree from a group specializing in airborne measurements of clouds and aerosols at the University of Washington (Cloud and Aerosol Research Group). The projects in which I participated were in many countries; from the Arctic to Brazil, from the Marshall Islands to South Africa.


  1. Those are fantastic sunset shots there, Art! They remind me of what happened here last July- though instead of sunset views we had red sunrises.

  2. Thanks, Roland. I guess you had your share of smoky skies last summer. I remember some shots being posted from SEA that showed a lot of smoke aloft.


    1. Yes, those were the days… For me the most remarkable day was July 5th (2015). I never saw a day so hot, with so much smoke AND wind at the same time. Anyway, it looks like this summer will be quite different: Cliff Mass says El Nino is dead. Judging from the forecast over the next week, I would agree. We’re actually going to see temperatures BELOW normal!

      1. Yep, Nino is dead. Well, that might be a good thing for our summer rainfall since there has been a tendency for El Niños to lead to drier summer rains here.

        July was truly awful in WA, as you say. I saw some images from SEA that were amazing in the amount of smoke over that city.

        And, on demand, the warmth in the Pac NW is over for a through most of June from what I saw in the mods and spaghetti plots.


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