ROANOKE, Va. – Wildfires have sparked in parts of Canada and the Western U.S., due to ongoing drought and last week’s record heat. Smoke from these large wildfires can be lofted thousands of feet into the air.
The jet stream, an area of high winds around airplane level, can then blow that smoke to different parts of North America. Over the weekend, a northwest wind helped to drag some of that smoke into the Southeast.
While it didn’t contribute to any air quality issues, thankfully, it did contribute to darker red and orange hues at sunrise and sunset Monday and Tuesday. Things like smoke, dust or ice crystals in high-level cirrus clouds can scatter the sun’s light more, which helps to bring out different colors on the visible spectrum.
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