Experimental Model Shows Relative Impacts of California Fires

The High Resoultion, Rapid Refresh model, a rapid update, high res weather model has added an experimental smoke module. Using satellite data to estimate the intensity of various fires, it then makes predictions of both near-surface smoke as well as the column smoke, incorporating smoke aloft.

This loop from the 1200 UTC run on September 28, 2016 captures the relative impact of three fires in the area, with a particularly large contribution coming from the Loma Fire south of San Jose.