On the eastern plains, temperatures are cooler and the winds have shifted and are now blowing from the east. Winds over the entire state are much lighter today compared to yesterday, and this seems to be helping fire fighting efforts. The current satellite image shows a few higher, wispy cirrus clouds traversing the state and this is hindering my ability to see any smoke from the fires. A combination of news reports, webcams, and satellite imagery seems to show that the fire near Rocky Mountain National Park has settled down somewhat, as has the fire near the Royal Gorge. This doesn't mean these fires are contained, just that they aren't as active with the cooling temperatures overnight and the lighter winds.
The fire in the Black Forest is another matter and satellite images still show quite a bit of smoke in this area. Of the three major fires, this is the one that affects the most people.
Thursday will bring stronger winds for the whole state and a bit more moisture for the eastern plains. Wind is the worst factor and will likely overwhelm any positive we get from the added moisture in the air.
Winds should settle down again on Friday and stay relatively calm through the weekend.
A few surges of cooler air will affect the eastern plains later this week, on Saturday, and again on Monday. Let's hope this in addition to the moisture helps fire fighting efforts somewhat, though these cold fronts bring changing wind directions and that makes containment difficult.
In other news, the added moisture on the eastern plains behind Monday's cold front could help produce a few severe storms in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming. The winds in the atmosphere look favorable for rotating storms, which means that I might go out storm chasing. More on that later...