JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – You may have noticed that the sky on Tuesday and Wednesday in this area is a bit foggy.
The haze is actually smoke from ongoing wildfires in Canada.
Yes, this is the same smoke that has covered parts of the Midwest and Northeast this summer.
How did it get here?
The wildfires that continue in Canada are indeed occurring thousands of miles from Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida.
That’s why the heaviest smoke was closer to the fires, in cities like Chicago and New York.
The smoke in our area is a by-product of a strange jet stream.
Smoke from wildfires has been lifted into the atmosphere, and the jet stream is helping disperse it.
The smoke was carried by the fall of the jet stream earlier in the week.
Over the past few days, the jet stream has curved to the southeast. This curvature allowed the smoke to enter our area.
Is it dangerous?
The good news is that smoke plumes reach our area and it’s not as severe as in northern cities.
This is because the atmosphere helps “mix” some of the smoke as it travels.
This mixing of good air and smoky air helps reduce the concentration of smoke as it enters the region.
It should be noted that in some places in the region, air quality has proven to be unhealthy for sensitive groups, so some people may want to limit their time outdoors.
How long will the haze last?
Haze and smoke are expected to mix and leave the area within the next 1-2 days.
A core of smoke will begin to rise northeast towards the northeast and the Atlantic Ocean late on Wednesday and Thursday.
Broadcast of the future, showing how the smoke begins to come out on Thursday morning.
It is possible that additional plumes could shift south towards this area as wildfires in Canada remain intense.
So the smoke from Canada has moved to this area. But it looks short-lived and should be out of the region by the end of the week.
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