by Joey Crandall, firstname.lastname@example.org
We got a wide-open view of the western sky over the Valley Monday evening as strong winds pushed out the smoke and moved the Valley’s air quality index well below 100, or into the “moderate range.”
The same winds brought a good cover of smoke back over the Valley last night, though, and the AQI rose back into the “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” range. If you have an appetite to keep track of the area’s AQI yourself, you can go to this link where conditions are updated hourly: http://nvair.ndep.nv.gov/
Once again, the bulk of this smoke is drifting in from the Rim Fire outside of Yosemite. It has burned 235,941 acres, but containment has grown to 75 percent. Firefighters are still working toward a Sept. 20 containment.
On the weather front, the National Weather Service is forecasting isolated thunderstorms and showers throughout the day and into tomorrow. Expect a high of 86 with an overnight low of 56. Winds will top out at 15 mph.