Skew-T Meteorologist in Kansas City

Labor Day Weekend 2017

Wildfire smoke on GOES-16 geocolor imagery (prelim non-operational)
Wildfire smoke on GOES-16 geocolor imagery (prelim non-operational)

Wildfires out west spread smoke across the western and central US. Luckily it was aloft this far east so it mostly darkened the sky with an eerie orange glow, rather than the sometimes unbreathable air I experienced at times living in Fairbanks.

Skies Monday afternoon (left) and Tuesday afternoon (right)
Skies Monday afternoon (left) and Tuesday afternoon (right)
Smoke seen clearing out Tuesday morning
Smoke seen clearing out Tuesday morning
Buffalo at Genesee Park in Colorado
Buffalo at Genesee Park in Colorado

Difficult to see in this photo are two buffalo in Denver's Genesee Park. The city created the park for tourism in 1914, right around the time of the lowest population count, preserving one of the 'wildest' herds remaining.

Mocha ready to hit the road
Mocha ready to hit the road
Archway Monument in Nebraska
Archway Monument in Nebraska

The drive across Nebraska on Interstate 80 is generally uninspiring. The traffic might be less than that of 70 in eastern Kansas, but many more trucks take the northern route which can lead to occasional bottlenecks. The Archway Monument, a large covered bridge spanning the freeway is an interesting sight, especially if one is not expecting it.