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There goes the air quality!

The haze is a layer of smoke and pollution that is pooling in the valley due to air stagnation.

I went for a flight over the Treasure Valley this morning and I was impressed with all the haze we’re starting to see. This is a layer of smoke and pollution that is pooling in the valley due to air stagnation. The same high pressure that is keeping the storm track away from Idaho is also keeping the air from circulating over the area. Then end result is that the air quality will continue to decrease as the high pressure holds on to the west.

The good thing is that we’re going to be seeing a change in the pattern and it still looks like it will happen around the middle of next week. The computer models are still indicating that the high will go away and that will allow the westerly flow to move in from the Pacific Ocean. That means that the storms that are brewing out there will be allowed to move into the northwest part of the country. The weather remains sunny through the weekend, but, by Tuesday we’ll start to see more clouds. By Wednesday and Thursday we could actually see a few showers returning to Southwest Idaho. That’s still a few days away, but the models have been indicating this pattern shift for the last few days so I’m beginning to buy it. For now, have a great weekend everyone!

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