Thursday, August 6, 2009

And I Thought It Wasn't Going to Get Worse

These are taken from the same location next to the Butro building on the UAF campus. The smoke has really moved in and visibility is very low. Even I would admit that today isn't a good day to walk. I didn't even ride in today. We are getting a little rain so that may help get rid of the smoke.

11:00 AM - The rain doesn't seem to be very helpful in getting rid of the smoke. According the this News Miner column, the visibility on the Parks Highway between Fairbanks and Nenana was around 20 ft. In addition, Alaska Airlines announced that they were suspended flights into Fairbanks due to to the possibility of engine damage from the ash. The air quality is listed as hazardous. No walking today I guess....


  1. OMG! That doesn't look fun at all! Eric and I have been talking about moving to Fairbanks in the next few years so I've been paying close attention to weather patterns before making an decision. Is it usually really smoky in the summers or is this just a bad one?

  2. I've been here 27 years and this is, by far, the worse it's ever been. It has been raining all day and according to the weather guessers, tomorrow as well. I can only remember a lot of smoke a handfull of times during my years in Fairbanks.