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Jimmy Orr: Don Day Says Wyoming Will Get Break From Smoke Soon

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Before Wyoming’s weatherman Don Day left for a fall hunting trip, we tracked him down to discuss the smoky air that is affecting many areas of the state.

Day said it will take 24 to 48 hours but we should be getting a break from the smoke due a rainstorm that will hit the Pacific Northwest over the weekend.

“There’s going to be rain moving into Washington, Oregon, even far northern California and that’s going to really help reduce the coverage of the fires,” Day said. 

He said the rain won’t extinguish the fires but will give firefighters some help.

The cold front will act as a broom, Day said and will push the smoke out.

“It will bring upper level winds that will be faster and stronger,” he said. “It may not completely get rid of the smoke, but by Sunday and Monday the smoke will be greatly reduced.”

If you’ve felt like the smoke has hung around for a long time, you’re not imagining things. It’s the time of the year.

“The thing to remember about high pressure this time of year is the winds aloft — the prevailing winds — are very weak,” he said.  “So when you build up a lot of smoke, there’s nothing to push the smoke out. It kind of lingers and hangs around until the weather pattern changes or the fires go out.”

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Record Low Temperatures, Big Snowfall, Hurricane Force Winds Hit Wyoming

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Wyoming had it all yesterday. Record low temperatures, significant snowfall, and winds high enough to be categorized as hurricane strength.

If you just moved here: Welcome!

Yes, we had low temperatures. Record-setting in many areas.

Record lows — so far — were recorded in Buffalo, Lander, Riverton, Rock Springs, and Yellowstone. 

Record cold high temperatures (which is confusing) were also set in many towns including Big Piney, Buffalo, Casper, Cody, Jackson, Lander, Riverton, Rock Springs, Worland, and Yellowstone.

To put this in perspective, Big Piney, which is frequently called the “icebox of the nation” normally has a high temperature of 71 degrees on September 8. The town’s previous record cold high was 55. Yesterday, it only hit 51 — which was pretty warm in comparison to the rest of Wyoming.

Casper’s normal high for September 8 is 79. It struggled to get over freezing yesterday and recorded 33 degrees as its high temperature.

Yesterday's high and low temperatures compared to the records and the average for this time of year. A handful of records were broken for low temperatures at go all the way back to the 1960s! #wywx

Posted by US National Weather Service Riverton Wyoming on Wednesday, 9 September 2020

As for snow totals, Fremont and Natrona counties both had locations which received 17 inches while one location in Park county had 12 inches of snow, and a Johnson county spot received 11 inches of snow.

The complete snow accumulation chart is available here.

And it wouldn’t be Wyoming without hurricane-force winds. 

The Rock Springs airport recorded a high wind gusts of over 80 mph many times, including a gust of 86 mph at the airport and southeast of the area.

Other notable locations with significant wind include: Farson (68 mph), Green River (67 mph), and Wamsutter (60 mph).

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Winter-Like Storm Creates Winter Wonderland in Some Areas; Blizzard From Hell in Other Areas

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The winter storm that’s affecting most of Wyoming is not an equal-opportunity employer.

It’s quite discriminatory, in fact.  

Looking at photos and videos posted on Facebook, particularly on our favorite page “Wyoming Through The Lens“, you see a remarkable difference in how the storm is impacting different areas of the state.

Up here in Hulett, the sun is peaking through the clouds and the high temperature should be around 50 degrees.

Down in Superior, Wyoming, a couple Facebook videos posted by Norbert Green show an entirely different picture. 

Posted by Norbert Green on Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Something that, perhaps, explorer Earnest Shackleton might have experienced when he was stuck in Antarctica.

Here's an update in Superior Wyoming ❤❤❤

Posted by Norbert Green on Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Meanwhile in Lander, as in other parts of the state, power is down and the snow is heavy.

Same with Douglas where there are reports of many downed trees.

While over in Jackson, the storm produced a picture-perfect Christmas wonderland.

This mornings drive….yes you read that right, THIS morning 🥶😍

Posted by Isaac Spotts on Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Contrast that to Rock Springs where the movie ‘The Shining’ comes to mind.

What a lovely summer blizzard!

Posted by Jacqui Abejar on Tuesday, 8 September 2020

And just remember, close your windows:

That’s because the wind has been something else today. Check out these wind speeds:

Maximum wind gusts across Western and Central Wyoming over the last 12 hours #wywx

Posted by US National Weather Service Riverton Wyoming on Tuesday, 8 September 2020

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Winter-Like Storm Closes Wyoming Highways, Leaves Thousands Without Power

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

A strong winter-like storm left Wyoming highways closed and thousands of Wyoming residents without power on Tuesday as the weekend’s warm, mild weather was replaced with brisk winds, snow and frigid temperatures.

The storm, the result of moisture coming into Wyoming from the west mixing with cold Arctic air, dropped temperatures from the 90s on Sunday to below freezing by Monday night.

The resulting snow, cold temperatures and brisk winds forced the closure of multiple Wyoming highways by Tuesday morning, including Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Rawlins and from Evanston to the state border, U.S. Highway 189 north from Evanston to Kemmerer, U.S. Highway 20/26 from Casper to Shoshoni and U.S. Highway 14/16/20 at the eastern entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

The weather also caused power outages across the state. Rocky Mountain Power reported that almost 8,000 of its customers were without power Tuesday morning, most of them in the Rock Springs area.

However, outage maps also showed that people were without power in Green River, Riverton, Lander, Casper, Glendo and Douglas.

Snow from the storm appeared vary widely around the state, ranging from 3 inches in Gillette to 5 inches in Wheatland, 7.5 inches in Story, north of Buffalo and 11 inches in Douglas.

It appeared no schools were forced to close by the storm.

By Tuesday morning, Cheyenne had received less than one-half inch of snow.

The storm forced temperatures far below normal for early September and meteorologist Don Day said the cool, wet weather would continue in the region until at least Wednesday before conditions improve heading into the weekend.

“By Saturday afternoon, we’ve got a nice high pressure ridge returning to the region,” he said in his daily podcast. “It’s not a hot one. But what it will do is bring a return of nice looking, in fact, great looking September weather by the weekend that will probably stretch into all the next week.”

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Don Day: Good Weather Coming Up But Not Until the Weekend

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We’re already looking ahead and wondering when this summer winter storm is going to pass.

Wyoming’s weatherman Don Day says the weekend is going to be great. But until then, we have a big storm to work around.

“When you look out your window in many areas here in the Rockies and the High Plains, the storm is going to impact the region through Friday. This is a doozy of a storm system folks for this early in the season,” Day said in his morning forecast.

Day said the storm doesn’t mean winter has arrived. This is just an “interruption,” he said.

“We’ve got nice fall weather coming but certainly it is fall now. This storm system is basically readjusting the jet stream and we’re still going to have some warm dry days coming up in September and October.”

Travel conditions will improve after early Wednesday, Day said. 

And, although it may not seem that way, there is some good news that’s coming out of this moisture. It’s killing the fire season and will help with the drought.

“This is a godsend for the fires across the area,” Day said. “This is going to just do wonders with the fire situation. Especially the bad fire in the Front Range, the mountains west of Fort Collins. Look at all of that good moisture there.”

Wyoming will bounce back from this storm system but it’s going to take some time, Day said.

“Basically it’s going to stay very cool through Friday and we’ll see rain on the plains and snow showers in the high country. But by Saturday afternoon, we’ve got a nice high pressure Ridge returning to the region. It’s not a hot one.”

The following is a computer-generated transcript of the Don Day daily forecast. For best results, watch the video embedded above.

It’s Tuesday, September 8 2020, although you’d swear it’s November or December 8 2020. When you look at your window in many areas here in the Rockies and the High Plains, the storm is going to impact the region through Friday. 

Folks, a lot of the biggest impacts are certainly coming through the next 24 hours. This is a doozy of a storm system folks for this early in the season. We’ll have travel impacts into early Wednesday, after early Wednesday. I think travel conditions will improve although it’s going to be slow going still over the higher elevations of it and this the mountain passes of the region. 

Now this is a godsend for the fires that fire situation in Colorado, the Cameron Peak fire area blowing up over the weekend, causing widespread smoke across the Front Range, a huge increase in acreage that burned up but this is going to be a godsend the storm will for that fire and other fires burning in the West. And also the area’s most impacted by the real severe drought conditions this summer. 

We’ll get good moisture out of the storm system. Now by the weekend, we’re right back to nice September weather again. This doesn’t mean we’re into winter folks, it’s an interruption. We’ve got nice fall weather coming but certainly it is fall now, after the storm system is basically readjusting the jetstream and we’re likely … still gonna have some real warm dry days coming up in September, October, we’ll have other fronts as well. But good weather will return by the weekend. 

This is where we are today the big ridge in the Gulf of Alaska then the deep trough cutting into the United States. The upper level low over Utah is now bringing moisture into the region on top of the Arctic boundary that came into the region and is all away is even pushed west of the Continental Divide. So this is where we get overriding southwest winds over the cold air moisture getting lifted over the cold air. Great way to make it snow. The trajectory of the air follow the wind barbs …

Look how far … you wonder why it’s so cold because of the trajectory The air is coming all the way up basically from near the Arctic Circle folks. You wonder how things could change so quickly? Well over the weekend we had record heat come up from the deserts. And now we’ve actually completely done a 180 and bring it in from the Arctic. 

This is our temperature relative to normal as of this morning. Look at the extent of this cold plunge You know, this cold plunge is going to go east and will affect other areas of the Corn Belt Midwest just not the Rockies and high plains but that is one impressive cold blast. This is the precipitation that will fall through the next three or four days. 

Most of the heavier precipitation now is falling up in northern Wyoming and southern Montana but now it’s central and southern Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, the Western and high planes that are going to get a goodly amount of moisture, widespread moisture, the best we’ve seen in months in some areas, and you can see the yellow here the heavier precipitation in the mountains of Colorado, up into Wyoming. 

This is going to just do wonders with the fire situation. Especially the bad fire in the Front Range, the mountains west of Fort Collins. 

Look at all of that good moisture there. This is what temperatures are going to be like relative to average by tomorrow afternoon Denver 48 degrees below normal for temperatures by noon on Wednesday. That is one heck of a cold wave for this time of year. Look at this minus 30 degrees relative to normal going all the way through Amarillo and headed towards El Paso. Now let’s see what happens with the pattern. 

This is for tomorrow morning. The upper level low barely moves. It just parks itself right along the Colorado-Utah line. High pressure stays in the Gulf of Alaska and the storm is gonna basically linger keeping us cold and wet well into the day on Wednesday. By Friday, look at that, it barely moves. 

This is today. Two days later. It’s in East Central Wyoming. Now notice it’s not as strong. So what it will do is keep a cool moist, unstable airmass overhead. So basically it’s going to stay very cool through Friday and Wednesday through Friday will bring occasional showers of rain on the plains and snow showers to the high country, the region. 

But by Saturday afternoon, we’ve got a nice high pressure ridge returning to the region. It’s not a hot one. But what it will do is bring a return of nice looking, in fact, great looking September weather by the weekend that will probably stretch into all the next week and this is by next Thursday and Friday. 

A more zonal west to east flow goes across the country, so it’ll warm up. Now it won’t be terribly hot except here in California. The rest of the nation. This is really looking like a fall pattern with the jetstream, looking stronger, be more south towards the U.S. border. 

Tropical activity showing up again, in a long, long range charts. Maybe from mid to late next week something to keep an eye on. Thanks for listening and watching to the Day weather podcast. Hopefully you can get through the storm. Okay, talk to you Wednesday.

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Wyoming’s Winter Weather Shuts Down Multiple Roads Across State

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Multiple roadways across Wyoming were closed due to winter weather and resulting wrecks Tuesday, according to updates from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

On Tuesday morning, Interstate 80 was closed from Cheyenne to Rawlins due to winter conditions. Travel was not advised on the rest of the highway from Rawlins to Evanston due to high winds, drifting snow, limited visiblity and slick conditions. Conditions were particularly bad west of Rock Springs, where the Transportation Department reported an extreme blowover risk.

In addition, crashes blocked westbound lanes of Interstate 80 from Evanston to Lyman, eastbound lanes near Green River and westbound lanes between Wamsutter and Rock Springs.

Other highways closed by the storm included:

  • U.S. Highway 30 from Medicine Bow to Walcott Junction,
  • U.S. Highway 16 west of Buffalo;
  • U.S. Highway 287 between Rawlins and Bairoil;
  • U.S. Highway 189 from Evanston north to Kemmerer;
  • U.S. Highway 191 from Green River south to the Utah state line;
  • Wyoming Highway 220 from Bairoil to Casper;
  • Wyoming Highway 28 south of Lander, and
  • U.S. Highway 20/26 from Casper to Shoshoni.

Every corner of the state was affected by the early snow on Tuesday, although the impact varied from county to county or even town to town.

Forecasts called for up to 17 inches of snow to all in the Wind River area, 13 inches of snow in the Big Horns and a foot of snow in the Snowy Range.

This year, winter isn’t slated to officially begin until Dec. 21. Fall technically begins on Sept. 22.

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Almost 8K Wyomingites Without Power Due To Snow

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Nearly 8,000 Wyomingites across the state were without electricity on Tuesday morning due to the September snow storm that crossed the state.

As of 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, there were 260 outages across Wyoming affecting 7,865 customers, most of them in Rock Springs, according to Rocky Mountain Power’s outage map.

A cluster of 17 outages in Green River was affecting a little more than 2,500 customers. The cause was under investigation.

There were some smaller outage clusters in Riverton, Lander,Casper, Glendo and Douglas affecting hundreds of people.

Cowboy State Daily publisher Bill Sniffin said that he was awoken in the middle of the night Tuesday by rolling power outages and the sound of branches breaking throughout the night.

“The snow is wet and heavy and just weighed all the branches down,” he said. “It’s pretty cold, about 31 degrees. Of the thousands who have power in the Riverton/Lander area, I’m among the hundreds who don’t.”

Many of the power outages were reported either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. There were no estimates as to when the power might be restored.

Continuing the biblical plagues affecting Wyoming this year, it is unsurprising to find that a lack of lights might be the latest in nature’s bag of tricks.

“So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days.”

Hopefully it won’t be three days before the power is restored.

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Wyoming Weather: Don Day Says This Snowstorm Is “The Real Deal”

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Wyoming’s weatherman Don Day doesn’t mince words.  

“This is the real deal. There is no turning back folks. This is going to be a very intense storm in front for this early in September,” Day said in his daily forecast.

“First, we have a shot of very cold, arctic air coming in, then overrun by warmer moist air coming up over on top of it. So we’ve got a perfect setup for heavy precipitation,” Day said.

That means heavy rain in some areas, heavy snow in some areas, record breaking low temperatures in some areas. 

It depends on where you are in the state of Wyoming, but wherever you are, you will be impacted by this storm.

Computer models are showing up to 17 inches of snow in the Wind Rivers, 13 inches of snow in the Big Horns, and 12 inches of snow in the Snowys.

On the plains along the I-80 corridor, 8 – 12 inches are possible while the I-25 corridor could see the same.

There are few areas of the state that won’t get hit by precipitation.

As for the cold air, expect anywhere from 12 – 50 degrees below normal temperatures for this time of year.

As Day said last week, this is a “good news, bad news” situation.  The good news is that the fire season is likely over.  The bad news is that the growing season is likely over.

If you want to attempt to salvage the growing season, Day had Shane Smith, Director Emeritus of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens on his podcast this morning to share tips on how to save your plants.

The following is a computer-generated transcript of the podcast.  Or you can watch the video embedded above.

Welcome to Monday, Labor Day, September 7 2020. Well, it’s 2020. Right, you can throw everything normal out the window and we’re gonna do that. Over here the next 24 to 72 hours. This is the real deal. There is no turning back folks. This is going to be a very intense storm in front for this early in September. 

If this was late September, early October really wouldn’t be unusual. But this is something that seems to be about four to six weeks early. We got to go back really to the 80s. There was a front like this in 1985. 

They came into the Rockies with a similar situation and similar amounts of snow and cold. It’s not a matter of will the growing season and will it will for most of you. Not all of you but in many areas, especially east of the Continental Divide, growing seasons over although we’re going to get some tips from Scott Smith here at the end. To help us maybe get through this. If you want to keep that garden going snow is going to be down to 4000 feet.

Hunters are going to go from hunting and shirtsleeves, the hunting and, well snow travel impacts will be high tonight through Tuesday night, interstate 80, interstate 70, and I 25 will all have poor travel conditions, maybe some closures. 

Now in typical fashion when we have these early season fronts like this, you usually have great fall weather behind them. And that’s exactly what we’re gonna see by this weekend. And next week we go right back to nice weather again, snow will be melting away, but boy, it’s gonna leave some impacts. 

And Shane Smith is going to visit with us. He’s going to help give us some tips on how to prepare for this onslaught of cold and snow. Here comes the cold front. This is by six o’clock mountain time tonight, boy and you can really see it. 

Here’s all the heat that we’ve had here since late last week and over the weekend, much above average temperatures, but you can see by six o’clock tonight. Basically the front is going to be right along here. Now it always gets held up

By the continental divide a little bit, but you see that purple, that’s the really cold air. So we’re going to get through most of this Labor Day for this part of the region right here is going to stay warm. This is going to be another very warm above normal September day. 

But if you go up into Montana, northern and central Wyoming, South Dakota, Northern Nebraska, all Montana, back into Idaho, we’ll look at all the cold. Moving on and look at the western extended the colder air, pushing all the way into Eastern Washington and Oregon. This is a huge cold front. 

Now here we are with the Jetstream. And there’s no reason why this isn’t going to happen. We’ve got this big ridge of high pressure in the Gulf of Alaska. We know what happens with that. That is bringing in this wave of cold and really here is the bulk of the cold and the energy right here. Then you can see the northerly wind flow coming in to bring in that cold air. There’s nothing that’s going to stop the cold air once it gets to this point. There’s no turning back

Cold air is dense, it’s heavy. And once it starts moving, you can’t stop it. Now by Tuesday noon, notice we’ve got a closed low. Over you top, the cold air pours over the divide. And what we have here in this situation what’s called over running, the very cold air gets along and east of the Continental Divide, the counterclockwise spin around the low throws moisture over and on top of the cold air. 

This is a great way to make it rain and snow. So what we have at first is a shot a very cold, arctic air coming in, then overrun by warmer moist air coming up over on top of it. So we’ve got a perfect setup for heavy precipitation. 

And you can see the cold air continues to advance. And this is what precipitation looks like with the storm. Look at all of the yellow, the blue, and the orange and even the reds. This is something that’s interesting showing up right here in the most recent model trends. If that upper level low stays out, over

Utah, well, we’re going to have a lot of help in Colorado’s mountain areas to get significant snow and single stars rain but we’ll turn as snow. Look at the Front Range areas here. And the eastern plains with this wide swath of an inch or more in many areas, even areas out here in eastern Colorado in western Kansas, a half to three quarters to an inch of water. 

And notice these little stretches of orange in the mountains look at the Wind River mountains. Look at the Big Horn mountains, the southern mountains of Wyoming in northern Colorado. We’re going to be looking at hopefully an end of the fire season. 

The camera peak fire near Estes Park Colorado has raged over the last several days in this heat and wind but hopefully this front will put it into that fire or go a long way to ending it. But you can see extensive amounts of precipitation in the form of rain and snow we haven’t seen in a long time. west of the divide once you get past Utah here, Idaho you’re

likely not going to see much precipitation, but even the western slope of Colorado, the western slopes of Wyoming, look at all the way down into New Mexico. Then you can see the heavier precipitation down here in Texas and Oklahoma, as that low swing south through there, this is what it looks like with snow. 

I think this is a good representation of where the heavy snow will be. They have a snow in the purple areas there but anywhere you see gray or blue snow could certainly accumulate at least on the grassy areas. But we’re gonna see the major mountain ranges catch the bulk of the snow, places like Cheyenne places like chugwater places like Denver along the Palmer divide the foothills west of Fort Collins Loveland. 

Gonna see significant September snow. These are temperatures by Wednesday morning. This is why we’re likely going to see an into the growing season in many areas, if there’s anything encouraging is is that due to the fact that the storm looks like it’s slowing down, that may add additional cloud cover Tuesday night, any year

That don’t have clouds Tuesday night could be looking at record breaking temperatures. These are probably record breaking temperatures for any for many areas anyway, as we look ahead, these are temperatures relative to average by Wednesday. Look at this Denver 48 degrees below average for Denver by noon on Wednesday. 

Many other areas are 30 to 40 degrees or more below average look at the extent of the cold west of the divide, even digging in the air. Look at this Page, Arizona 32 degrees below average. So this is a bonafide real big cold front. You don’t see these very often. Now as we get into Thursday. 

The cold air does begin to march off to the east but the upper level low is left back over Utah still basically gets cut off from the flow. So what this means is do not expect a quick warm up during the workweek into Wednesday into Thursday and into Friday. It’s going to still stay very cool. However, by

The weekend, high pressure rebuilds. We have a low up here helping to build high pressure back into the region. Now we’re not going back to the heat, but we’re going to go into that really nice September weather that you get. When you get these strong cold fronts like this, you do tend to get some nice fall weather. 

Don’t worry, we’ve got lots of fall coming, lots of nice fall weather coming. It’s just that the growing season for all of you, and most of you rather I should say, is coming to an end. And this is going to be one storm to remember for sure. We’re going to wake up Wednesday morning to many areas in Wyoming, Colorado with the most snow we’ve seen, going back to last winter. Now let’s hear from Shane Smith, author Director Emeritus of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. He’s gonna help us get through this.

If you’re in an area where you’re pretty sure that you’re going to freeze which is an awful lot of your listening area.

Number one is I would go out and do a big harvest, you know, even if some of your tomatoes aren’t quite ripe, you know, some squashes there. Depending where you live, there is a much that can survive when you get down into the lower 20s of the teams. You can do some covering, and you might be able to eke out a save.

It’s just depends where you live and how the weather is going to hit you. And if it’s looking like, you know, the low, the low 20s and into the teens, it’s it’s over.

But if it looks like you’re in an area where it’s going to get down, dip, dip below freezing and not for that many hours, meaning down into 28 or so. Then easily you can cover stuff, you probably don’t have to do much of a harvest. And, you know, there’s some other strategies you can do for those of you that might be fortunate with that slightly below freezing mark and that would be besides covering

sometimes you can if you water the plants down really good the water we talked about this in spring the latent heat of water can help prevent a frost This is what you see the fruit growers do down in Florida where do you see icicles on the oranges and, and so that’s a old method that works but it only works down to about 2827 at the best. And getting back to covering things.

Quite often the first thing people grab is a clear piece of plastic film, you know visqueen are polyethylene and and that works fine except if it’s coming with heavy snow. You might need to put some stakes up to support that plastic so the snow doesn’t come collapsing down on top of your tender crops and crack the binds and leaves and such. The other thing if you’re using it any sort of clear covering

As soon as the day comes that the sun is out and we’re getting back above freezing, or even getting close, keep an eye on it because those little clear tents that you build to protect your plants become super super hot and you go from dealing with frost dealing with 100 and 1500 and 20 degree situations under the plastic and so you might have saved and saved the night and then you lost it during the day so just don’t walk away from it. You know, keep keep an eye on things.

You know, just in general getting back to people who might be facing a lighter frost. The main priority the most sensitive plants are the fruiting crops, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, eggplant, squashes, those guys don’t like it below freezing at all.

There are some crops that can take a light for us that would be your leafy crops. Let us spend

That would be plants that we call the coal Colm coal crop family. That would be things like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage,

they can all take a very light frost without much problem. Again, it’s kind of a cumulative thing. If you get down to 2827. And you hold it for many, many hours, that’s harder on a plant than if you just dip down to that a few hours before sunrise. So the length of those temperatures also have a cumulative effect of the damage. But so if you’re going to prioritize and you’re in a lighter frost area, that’s a way to prioritize spend your energy covering the fruiting crops.

But beyond that,if we’re seeing a snow event coming which it sounds like there’s a lot of your listening area that will see snow, unfortunately.

Number one, you might go see a therapist just to For the depression of seeing your summer and just had such a brutal way, but number two, if the leaves are still on the trees, which of course they are, even if they’re frost Brown, they’re going to accumulate snow much quicker than a naked tree in the wintertime. And so expect to see some breakage and also plan on going out and shaking your trees during the course of the snow even if it’s in the middle of the night. You might be able to save a shrub or a tree, especially a young one

from total destruction. And the tip I always tell people if you’re going to go out and shake the snow off of a tree, be sure to put on a wide brim hat. That way you won’t get dumped on your head.

But it’s it’s just such an important maintenance thing to try to keep these trees going especially on the High Plains or trees are so so precious. Losing one tree is is awful.

So be prepared and beyond that, you know, if you wake up to death and destruction and pretty much the garden is done and brown and black,

I would suggest turning everything under chopping it up with a sharp shovel. In fact, it helps to sharpen your shovel and chop up the stems and the stocks and whatever else can be chopped up.

And then just lightly turn it under, and that will give you more return nutrition to your soil than if you just let it sit there and dry up on top of the soil. So

that’s least one way to not lose a lot of hard work going into having a healthy crop, at least the nutrients of that crop are going to go back into the soil a little bit better. Thanks for your advice, Shane. Certainly I know a lot of gardeners are disappointed on not having their growing seasons as long as they had hoped it would be Shane’s gonna join us

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Wyoming Weather: Get Ready For Snow

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We were holding out hope that a change in the weather pattern would mean the talk of snow early next week would dissipate. 

Fuggedaboutit. It’s happening.

Wyoming weatherman Don Day gave us absolutely no hope on Friday afternoon as he killed the thought of a reprieve from the wintry grim reaper.  

“Our confidence in snowfall on Monday and Tuesday keeps growing,” Day said.  “We have a pattern setting up that’s going to cut a lot of Canadian air loose out of the Northwest Territories straight south into Wyoming on Monday night and Tuesday.”

Day said the storm was a “good news, bad news” situation as the fire season will likely end as a result of the storm but so will the growing season.

“This will be a very impactful storm. Because it’s so early in the season, we have a lot of leaves on the trees. The storm could bring some branches down.”

Day said the entire state will be affected by the storm but mountainous areas, locations around the I-25 corridor, and the higher elevations on I-80 (of course, Laramie) will be the hardest hit.

“The crazy thing is all of this is gonna be preceded by some very hot temperatures through the weekend,” he said. “I mean, we’re going to have temperatures in the 80s and 90s. And 36 hours later, we’ll be in the teens and 20s.”

Not all areas of the state will receive measurable snow. Day said locations under 5,000 feet should expect rain and, at worst, a rain/snow mix.

Although rare, wintry patterns at this time year have happened before in Wyoming. 

Day points back to 1985 when only six weeks after a devastating flood hit Cheyenne on August 1, the capital city received 10 inches of snow.

Although we can all feel sorry for ourselves, perhaps we should save some empathy for Laramie. After all, their summer was really short.

Day recalled that Laramie got hit by a fluke snowstorm this year on June 8. That storm dumped 10 inches on the community.

“Laramie will only go 90 days between snowstorms this year,” he said. “Talk about a short growing season. This is truly 2020.”

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Don Day Wyoming Weather: 40 Degrees Below Normal, Snow Could Be In Forecast

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It’s going to be a roller coaster of extremes for Wyoming weather over the next few days.

Wyoming’s weatherman Don Day, in his daily podcast, said the state is going to be blasted by desert-heat over the next few days but then the jet stream “buckles,” bringing in cold air from Canada.

“Look at all this purple,” he said of the computer model showing the cold air.  In some areas of Wyoming and Colorado the temperatures are 40 degrees below normal.”

Day said the computer model is likely overdoing things but there is a possibility for freezing temperatures and snow — even on the plains — happening next week.

“Look at that, over an inch of snow in Casper and maybe a lot of snow in the Wind Rivers, the Big Horns, the Beartooths, the Front Range mountains of Colorado and the southern Wyoming, and the Laramie Range,” he said while looking at the computer model.

The full rough transcript of his podcast is below. Or just watch the embedded video for more.


It’s Thursday, September 3, 2020. And here’s your Day Weather podcast.

Well, folks, it’s gonna be interesting here over the next week in terms of what we’re going to see. 

First of all in the short-term, it’s going to get hot again, high pressure builds over and takes over strongly again across the Great Basin and Rockies. 

However, it’s temporary because after a big warm up, basically through Sunday over the next four days it’s going to get hot again, then we’re gonna have a big cool-down coming next week. Much colder with rain and yes, folks, we could very well see a chance of snow even on the plains early in the week next week starting late Monday, Labor Day Monday into Tuesday and Wednesday and next week. 

Temperatures are going to fall sharply by late Monday into next Tuesday and Wednesday, and we’ll show you why. 

Here we are for the forecast for Saturday. Look at this big high on Saturday over the four corners region in the Great Basin. So basically for today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we’re going to have the heat from this desert high rebuild and expand across the Intermountain West in the western plains, with the … main jet stream riding far to our north. 

But way back up here in the northern and Western Atlantic, there’s actually some tropical activity, some typhoon activity that’s going to get its energy into the jetstream and cause the jetstream to basically buckle and cause a big area of high pressure to build back up into the Gulf of Alaska. 

And here we see it forming by Sunday afternoon into Monday. See the high building in the Gulf of Alaska connected to the Great Basin high right here. And notice the jetstream buckles and when that happens, you get that release of colder air from Canada. 

So this is late Sunday into Monday morning. By the timeframe of Tuesday, we have a big high up in the Gulf of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and it drives another wedge of colder air into the High Plains and Rockies. Now this is very similar to what happened early this week. However, this plunge of colder air is deeper. 

There’s going to be more moisture with it. And a lot of the computer models are green on a trough and a strong cold front Monday night Tuesday and Wednesday across the High Plains and Rockies. Now this is both good news and bad news. 

The good news is this could be the best chance of widespread precipitation in a long time in the drought-stricken areas of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, parts of Montana and the Dakotas and into the plains states. 

Yes, we are going to see a real big cooldown but it could be wet. Here’s the cool down. Look at all this purple. This is by Tuesday. In some areas of Wyoming and Colorado, temperatures are 40 degrees below normal.

Now that is likely overdone. However, the possibility of freezing temperatures and the first flakes of snow even on the plains could happen next week. If we don’t get cold enough for snow we’ll certainly see some good chances of rain and certainly the high country of Wyoming and Colorado is going to have a good chance of snow. 

So for archery hunters headed to the field, next week, you probably are going to see a cold wet pattern up in the mountains for a few days. As we see here, zooming in, look at the close-up of these temperatures. Right here, this is by noon on Tuesday, Denver 46 degrees below average with our temperatures, that basically means temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s by noon on Tuesday. 

We’ll see if it’s that cold. Models, a lot of timesm overdo things as we well know. But this extensive area purple shows you how impressive that cold air is. But when you get cold air like that this time of year, you’re going to get some upslope conditions that are going to form and hence there you have the good chances of precipitation. 

Look at that, over an inch in Casper maybe. A lot of snow in the Wind Rivers, the Big Horns, the Beartooths, the Front Range mountains of Colorado and the southern Wyoming, the Laramie range, even up into the Pine Ridge of Nebraska, the Panhandle, Nebraska, that’s likely going to be rained. 

And it’s a pattern folks to pay close attention to because we’re going to go back to hot summer weather here for the next four days. Then we’re going into reverse. And here we are with the forecasts of potential snowfall with this front. Now again, take this with a grain of salt but you can see even down into New Mexico. 

We have got this large area by next Tuesday and Wednesday, we’re gonna be cold enough for snow reaching certainly the highest elevations and maybe those lower elevations above 6,000 feet. So it’s something to watch. We’ll update you tomorrow. So be ready for the heat. Then be ready for a 180 again next week. See you on Friday, have a good day.

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