Why Is It So Hazy?

For the last couple of days, have you noticed it's been hazy outside?  Here is a visible satellite photo from Sunday evening.  Note the milky white haze over the region as well as near the Canadian border.  This is actually smoke!  The smoke is associated with active wildfires that originated over northern Manitoba, Alaska, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories that have become detached and drifted over the course of several days.  For more detailed information, check out the following NOAA web site: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/land/hms.html 

Smoke - June 30, 2013

Smoke Viewer

Dense smoke is highlighted in the light and dark purples as analyzed from satellite.

 Smoke Sunday Evening - June 30, 2013


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