Wildfire Smoke Revealed To Be More Damaging Than Originally Believed

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KPIX CBS SF Bay Area 21 July, 2021 - 08:52pm 35 views

Why is it hazy on the East Coast?

-- Wildfires in the American West, including one burning in Oregon that's currently the largest in the U.S., are creating hazy skies along the East Coast as the massive infernos spew smoke and ash into the air in columns up to six miles high. WTVD-TVEast coast wildfire smoke: Massive blazes on West Coast bring hazy skies to North Carolina, NYC, eastern US

Why is it so hazy in North Carolina?

Haze in the Carolinas: The jet stream is dipping from the northwest allowing for elevated smoke to filter into the Mid-Atlantic. This smoke will make it look hazy and visibilities will be lower than usual when looking at the horizon (especially from the High Country). WCNC.comWildfire smoke from the west is making it hazy in the Carolinas

What is causing the haze in NY?

Wildfires burning out of control across the Western United States brought smoke-filled skies to New York City and Washington DC on Tuesday. The National Weather Service (NWS) said smoke and haze from the Bootleg Fire in Oregon that had drifted across the Great Lakes region had reached the Eastern Seaboard. The IndependentWest Coast wildfire smoke causes hazy skies 2,000 miles away in NYC

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Why did the air quality in these states plummet on Tuesday?

Fox News 21 July, 2021 - 10:10pm

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Skies across major U.S. cities were a murky grey this week against a blood orange sun as smoke choked the East Coast.

New York City saw its worst air quality in more than 14 years, with the Air Quality Index reaching into the 160s on Wednesday morning.

The conditions are attributable to the giant western wildfires almost 3,000 miles away.

And this is not the first time this has happened either. 

In September 2020, NASA's Earth Observatory satellites tracked smoke plumes as they were swept from west to east, spreading over much of the continental U.S.

Last year was witness to unprecedented fires that turned the San Francisco Bay Area a burnt orange color in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

"We’re seeing lots of fires producing a tremendous amount of smoke, and … by the time that smoke gets to the eastern portion of the country, where it’s usually thinned out, there’s just so much smoke in the atmosphere from all these fires that it’s still pretty thick," David Lawrence, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Tuesday. "Over the last two years we’ve seen this phenomenon."

There are 19,300 firefighters and support personnel working to fight the blazes.

Smoke from those fires – including Oregon's Bootleg Fire, which is creating its own weatherhas traveled in the jet stream.

Jet streams are bands of strong wind in the upper atmosphere generally blowing from west to east across the world.

Social media users in New York and Washington, D.C., shared images of the smoke-filled landscapes and cityscapes, with skylines almost invisible. 

As fires grow on both sides of California's Sierra Nevada, the fate of this year's wildfire season remains – like the air – unclear. 

A little under half of the country is under moderate to exceptional drought conditions and almost 95% of the West is in that category. 

Dry conditions and heat waves linked to the impacts of climate change have made each wildfire season more difficult, and extreme weather and wildfires are expected to become even more frequent and destructive.

The Northeast is forecast to see some relief from the smoke on Wednesday during afternoon thunderstorms, while air quality alerts remain in effect for parts of the mid-Atlantic. 

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Elkhart County included in state air quality alert

Goshen News 21 July, 2021 - 10:10pm

A few passing clouds. Low 59F. Winds light and variable..

A few passing clouds. Low 59F. Winds light and variable.

IDEM is forecasting high levels of fine particles (PM2.5) in the air due to smoke from wildfires in the western United States and southern Canada, according to a news release. Elkhart County one of the counties included in the AQAD, all of which have a PM2.5 air monitor.

IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce PM2.5 while remaining safe during the COVID-19 health crisis by making changes to daily habits. Suggestions include:

PM2.5 is composed of microscopic dust, soot, and liquid that settles deep into the lungs and cannot be easily exhaled. Those people at risk are particularly vulnerable after several days of high PM2.5 exposure.

IDEM examines weather patterns and PM2.5 readings to make daily air quality forecasts, the release said. Air Quality Action Days generally occur when weather conditions such as light winds, higher humidity, and lower atmospheric inversions trap pollutants close to the ground, or when winds transport smoke to the area.

To learn more about PM2.5 or sign up for air quality alerts, visit SmogWatch.IN.gov. To learn more about how smoke from fires can affect your health, visit www.epa.gov/pm-pollution/how-smoke-fires-can-affect-your-health.

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