You may notice brighter, more vibrant colors as well as a slight haze in the sky during sunrise and sunset in Jacksonville until Wednesday.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. This week, smoke from wildfires in Canada is once again shrouding parts of the United States. The fog has reached the Jacksonville area, but unlike other parts of the country, we don’t see any air quality issues on the First Coast.
Some of our First Coast News weather watchers posted photos to the Facebook group after noticing a hint of smoke at dawn.
In the Lower 48, this smoke will persist into the middle of the week with northwesterly winds pushing it southward from Canada. Air quality alerts have been issued for areas including the Northern High Plains, Midwest, Great Lakes, South Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. This is where the concentration of smoke is highest, meaning that the air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive groups.
By the time the smoke plume reaches the First Coast, the concentration is much lower and thus not of concern to air quality in Jacksonville.
However, the additional smoke particles in our sky will allow for better scattering of light. This means that the colors of the sky during sunrise and sunrise will have an additional “POP” effect. It may also look a bit hazy like Tuesday mornings, or maybe the sky won’t be as bright blue in the afternoon.
Looking ahead, as Canada continues to grapple with the worst wildfire season on record, the fires don’t seem to be going away anytime soon and may even continue into the winter season. Thus, when the jet stream and the wind allow, some parts of the United States will experience bouts of this smoke from time to time.