Smoke from wildfires: What to expect in Middle Tennessee

(Graphic: WKRN)
(Graphic: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – This past weekend, people here in Middle Tennessee reported seeing smoke from wildfires plaguing the southeast portion of the state.

Why are we now seeing less, and what can we expect the rest of the week?

News 2’s Davis Nolan says we’re seeing less now because of the wind we had coming through in a clockwise flow from a high pressure area in Alabama. It was blowing west and southwest.

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In a high resolution satellite picture, smoke from the fires is clearly seen, especially along the Georgia-Tennessee border and into the Carolinas. It’s blowing in the southeast direction now.

And over the next few days, that high pressure center in Alabama is going to push east, giving us a south and southwesterly wind—still blowing the smoke away from Middle Tennessee.

However, the winds will increase to 10 to 20 mph, enhancing the fire danger.

The only hope is that a cold front moving in Friday will bring some much-needed rain to at least help the firefighters and possibly alleviate further danger.

But overall, Davis says he’s afraid to say we may still have to deal with that fire danger for quite a while to come with no major rainfall headed our way.