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AirNow fire and smoke map shows movie gray smoke from wildfires across most of the United States on July 20, 2021. AirNow
I have noticed some strange sunsets lately at theNew Mexico where the sun looks like a ball of molten red sinking into the west. It 'sa symptom of wildfire smoke in the sky and a dramatic sign of another brutal wildfire season in the United States.
The National Weather Service office in Aberdeen, South Dakota, tweeted on Tuesday : " You've probably noticed the hazy sky lingering lately. It turns out that we're not the only ones seeing it: smoke from forest fires covers much of the lower 48. " Science
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In addition to the apocalyptic looking sunsets and orange sky , smoke Forest fires can impact air quality away from where the fire actually is. The wildfires, many of which are burning in the western United States, have been fed by severe drought conditions and heat waves . These events were exacerbated by the climate crisis and the extreme weather conditions it causes.
A The smoke model of theNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the movement of smoke across the country from Wednesday to Thursday. It shows the great distances smoke from forest fires can travel and how winds can push haze from coast to coast.
The NWS office in New York shared a hazy view of the city with an orange-tinted sun. "Smoke from western forest fires continues to sweep our skies this morning, the organization tweeted on Wednesday.
A On Wednesday, the NOAA satellite view of the Pacific Northwest showed smoke rising from 14 large fires over 620,977 acres.
The servicenational meteorological shared a AirNow air quality fire and smoke monitoring site Tuesday. What is noteworthy are the broad bands of gray indicating smo ke coverage over the United States and Canada, as well as the many marked forest fire locations, indicated by the amber light icons.
The Gigantic Oregon Bootleg Fire is an example of how serious the 2021 wildfire season is. The fire burned hundreds of thousands of acres and sent huge amounts of smoke into the air. It 's only 38% content .
NOAA shared a time-lapse look at wildfire smoke spreading from the July 15 to 19. The images come from the GOES-Est weather satellite. Grayish haze stands out against white clouds.
Smoke may linger. According to Wednesday's report from the National Interagency Fire Center , 78 large wildfires burned 1,346,736 acres in 13 states. Most forest fires are caused by humans , although lightning is another dectrigger, especially in remote areas.
This year 'The smoky sky may look like dejà vu after data a devastating year 2020 . If you live in an area where forest fires are possible, see our preparation guide .