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Canadian Wildfires Sending Us Smoke Signals


UPDATE JUNE 30, 2015

You have most likely noticed that the skies have been a hazy shade of summer lately. Unlike some parts of Western Canada, the Upper Midwest is just getting it's smoke secondhand.

However, that secondhand smoke is enough to make for some hazy and lazy summer days and some vibrant sunrises and sunsets, and a tinted moon to boot. 

The weather pattern looks locked in for a while so the smoke trail continues. A huge ridge of hot high pressure to our West and a cool area of low pressure to our East is funneling the smoke in from Northwest to Southeast, right over Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Breathe easy and enjoy the enhanced skies at dawn and dusk and a few points in-between.

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Wildfires burning way up north, and I mean way up north in the Northwest Territories of Canada, will affect us here in the Upper Midwest, but not in a bad way. The smoke plume from fires burning in the dense Boreal Forest Northwest Canada is riding south on the Jetstream and will soon be over us here in Minnesota.

The burning of this very dense forest vegetation results in a thick white smoke that can even be seen from space.

There is no need to grab your masks or lock yourself in your house for this second hand smoke. However, you may notice a hazy shade of summer over the next few days as the plume of smoke continues its journey across North America. The hazy cloud of smoke will actually benefit us by enhancing  our sunrises and sunsets over the next few days.

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