Smokey Air Fills Red River Valley Following Rainfall that was Disappointing for Some
Grand Forks, ND — Following the departure of Tuesday morning’s weather system, most of us who were expecting to get a whiff of that fresh rain smell got caught by surprise when instead they got a heavy dose of smoke instead. The smoke was coming from the wildfires north of Red Lake, Ontario. The National Weather Service was caught a little of guard as well as they didn’t anticipate the smoke to filter into the Red River Valley. Dan Riddle with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks says smoke thickness and where it travels can be hard to predict, but it appears in this case it got caught up in the weather system that moved through region and pushed down into the atmosphere.
Riddle says the smoke should clear out over the next couple days and doesn’t expect any air quality concerns other than the air smelling like a campfire.
While they didn’t anticipate the smoky air, they did anticipate more widespread rain with this recent system. Riddle says they were disappointed that so many in the northern valley were left high and dry from Tuesday’s rain.
Most of northwestern Minnesota and North Dakota north of Highway 200 received less than a tenth or no rain at all from Tuesday system. In contrast Ulen received just short of an inch while the rest of the region averaged between a quarter to half an inch of precipitation.