Thick smoke being observed across Southwest Kansas today

Thick smoke that was transported from fires in Arizona covered western Kansas for much of Tuesday, June 7, 2011.  Visibilities dropped to around 3 to 4 miles and there was a heavy odor of burning pine.   Despite the thick covering, temperatures at the surface still managed to reach 100 degrees and a little hotter at many locations.

 

The following image shows heavy, thick smoke (the white) covering eastern Colorado and western Kansas during the mid-morning hours.

Smoke as seen from satellite image

Looking SW from the Dodge City National Weather Service office during the afternoon when the visibility was down to 4 miles and the temperature had risen to 100.

 Looking southwest from the NWS office

Another view looking southwest

Looking SW from the NWS Dodge City office

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