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    Smokey Sky from CA

    NECN weather reports our hazy New England sky is full of CA wildfire smoke between 20- and 30,000 feet. Brought to us by the jet stream.

    Smoke is thick enough to drop today's forecast high temps about 4 degrees.

    Smoke pollution on this national scale is a rare event.
    Nobody told me there'd be days like these
    Strange days indeed -- most peculiar, mama
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    I recently backpacked in Sierra Nevada and my observation is that depending on the wind direction you may get air filled with smoke and horrible visibility or a perfect blue sky. Here are two picture of the same peak - one taken at sunset and another one taken next morning.
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    I climbed Mount St. Helens in 2018 when there were wildfires regionally at that time.
    The air quality was horrible. My wife and I coughed, snored loudly, and hacked up nasty mess for nearly a month upon returning.
    The fires going on now are insane.
    The photos from San Francisco last week were apocalyptic.
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    Thanks for this. I have noticed hazy skies the past couple of days, and have wondered if it is exactly that. Tonight the sun was filtered enough about 1/2 hour before sunset that it was stunning to look at.

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    A useful map showing fires and smoke can be found here: https://fire.airnow.gov/ or here: https://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/land/hms.html

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    ... And the smoke has made it all the way to Europe!
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    I was on Lafayette on Wednesday. I didn't notice any, although it was a bit hazy and maybe that was from the smoke. I've been out in WY and UT when there are fires burning, and you can actually smell them, although the fires may be hundreds of miles away.
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    Smoke in NH this week was in the jet stream at 30k feet creating haze.
    Nobody told me there'd be days like these
    Strange days indeed -- most peculiar, mama
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    Smoke in NH this week was in the jet stream at 30k feet creating haze.
    I guess if I was hiking at 30K feet I would have noticed it more

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