Smoky skies to return to Anchorage
After a pleasant day across a good portion of Southcentral, smoke is set to make a return. Most of the smoke Saturday remained in southern portions of the Kenai, with fairly good air quality along Turnagain Arm and into the valley. It was a beautiful day to get outdoors and you should have taken advantage of it, as smoke is set to make a return overnight into Sunday. Winds will shift around out of the south/southeast through the night and will slowly push smoke back into the Anchorage Bowl. With smoke expected to slowly thicken through the day Sunday, we'll see air quality deteriorate through the day. It's not out of the question for the air quality to once again climb into unhealthy levels, which is why an air quality advisory remains in effect through Monday. Winds could be breezy through the day Sunday, with winds the highest along Turnagain Arm and in parts of Anchorage. It's possible we could see winds gusts upwards of 30 mph, which will only aid in pushing the smoke even further into Anchorage and into the valley.
With little help from rain, the fires will continue to burn until firefighters contain the numerous fires that continue to burn across Southcentral. With little in the way of upper level support to help in rain chances, most areas will remain on the dry side over the coming days. However, showers that form over the Chugach Mountains Sunday afternoon into the evening could drift into the Anchorage Bowl and parts of the valley. While it won't help our drought situation, it could bring a brief reprieve from the smoke that will have settled back into the region.
The upcoming weather pattern favors afternoon sunshine each day, with highs in the upper 60s. While rain has been hard to come back for the entire month, we could see a switch to a wetter pattern as we close out August and welcome in September.
Have a great Sunday!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison