This has been happening off and on all summer.

The last few days if you look up in the sky, you can practically stare straight into the sun. Not that I would normally ever suggest doing so, but these days not much harm will come your way. It basically looks like a giant, glowing white Necco Wafer in the sky. (Buy some of those sweet wafers right here, by the way...) Just a glowing disc that is far from the blinding ball of fiery light it usually is.

It's been the topic of many discussions on social media. Every possible explanation has been brought forth. Everything from bad meteorology, to a crazy conspiracy theory that the government is legit trying to dim the sun. Honestly, someone has seen way too many Simpsons episodes. Trying to dim the sun? Come on...

The actual reason is far more obvious.

Wildfires have been burning out of control in various parts of Canada for months. They've had them out on the west coast, in the Quebec province, in Nova Scotia... all over the place. And because of the jet stream, a lot of that smoke makes it's way down into our skies.


However, earlier this summer we were spared most of that because of how crappy our weather was at the beginning of the summer. But right now, according to WABI, we can expect these smoky, hazy skies to hang around for a few days. It could even reach the point of air quality issues. People with breathing conditions may want to skip any hardcore outdoor activities.

Generally speaking, the weather around Maine won't be too bad this weekend. But it does kind of take away from the alleged sun in the forecast when it's almost invisible. Still, I suppose a cloudy, hazy sky is better than snow. Besides, that'll be here soon enough, right?

I'll take cloudy wildfire skies over these kinds of disasters any day of the week...

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