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We are planning a 4-6 week visit to Oklahoma and northern New Mexico, ending up at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon(assuming no snow).  How bad is the smoke in the mountains of New Mexico and Arizona? We can skip this trip this year if the smoke is impacting the scenic views.

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I'm in southern Colorado mountains and overall its not been bad. Most of the smoke is coming from California and at this time of the summer we have much more of a southerly component to our winds. The locals call this our summer monsoon season. We get fairly regular afternoon showers and thunder storms, which also help to clear the air. It all depends on how the storm fronts and the highs & lows are setup. Back in July when we had the normal summer high over the area and our prevailing west winds, we had a few days of inversion where the smoke was noticeable. But lately its been very clear. It also feels like fall is coming early this year, We haven't hit 80 in several weeks and overnight lows are already down in the 40's (at 8000 ft).


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