How come we always get the smoky skies?

If you woke up this morning thinking the skies looked a bit on the hazy side, you're not wrong. I kind of first noticed when I was driving into work. I was thinking that it was supposed to be a gorgeous summer-like day, but I hadn't heard anything about it being particularly humid, so I actually did wonder what the deal was. The deal is: Canada is on fire, so to speak.

Photo by British Library on Unsplash
Photo by British Library on Unsplash

Our skies are looking milky right now because of all the wildfires happening in Canada right now, according to WGME. High altitude smoke gets caught up in the jet stream, and next thing you know, it looks like it should be about 98% humidity out there. But in reality, it's just the smoke blocking out the sun a bit. It could be much worse.

In fact, it was quite a bit worse last fall.

In September of last year, we were getting pummeled by high altitude smoke from out west when there were terrible fires out there. Sadly, there's a lot of terrible fires out west constantly, and eventually all that smoke finds its way over us. Today is no exception. The height of the smoke is about even with the normal flight path of commercial flights.

Photo by Eva Darron on Unsplash
Photo by Eva Darron on Unsplash

It's hard to say how long it will hang around. Frankly, until the wind shifts, at least. The jet stream could move a bit further north or south and have a direct impact on what we see. But it's definitely putting a bit of a damper on our first real taste of summer weather. Or maybe it's enhancing it for some people who love hazy weather. Weirdos.

Temps cool a bit over the weekend, and winds will pick up a bit, so it could either shift the smoke right out of our skies, or blow even more right at us. Mother Nature is strange like that. We'll just have to wait and see.

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