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Some Effects of the Yellowstone Fire Smoke Plume on Northeast Colorado at the End of Summer 1988

M. SegalDepartment of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

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J. WeaverNOAA/NESDIS/RAMM Branch and Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

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J. F. W. PurdomNOAA/NESDIS/RAMM Branch and Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

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Abstract

Extensive fires in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, during the summer of 1988 resulted in considerable smoke transport to surrounding states. The present note provides an observational evaluation of the effects of this plume on (i) surface global solar radiation, (ii) the breakup of the surface nocturnal temperature inversion during the morning, and (iii) surface heating in eastern Colorado. Significant effects in each of these categories are shown.

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Extensive fires in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, during the summer of 1988 resulted in considerable smoke transport to surrounding states. The present note provides an observational evaluation of the effects of this plume on (i) surface global solar radiation, (ii) the breakup of the surface nocturnal temperature inversion during the morning, and (iii) surface heating in eastern Colorado. Significant effects in each of these categories are shown.

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