FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The worst air quality in the world is occurring in California as wildfires rage across the state.
A series of thunderstorms sparked multiple fires over the weekend and those fires have quickly spread due to very dry conditions across the state.
NEW: As numerous #wildfires rage across California, @NOAA's #GOES17��️ caught this time-lapse of the #lightning between Aug 16-18 that ignited many new #fires. The satellite's #GLM sensor detected several thousand strikes across the state during 72 hrs. #CAwx #CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/pMJ1mwGdTd
— NOAA Satellites - Public Affairs (@NOAASatellitePA) August 20, 2020
The air quality index rating for most of California ranges from very unhealthy to hazardous.
The smoke from these fires can easily be spotted on NASA satellites from space.
As the sun set yesterday, #GOESWest saw fires ignite and burn across the state of #California. The #CaliforniaWildfires recently intensified with the #LNUcomplexfire, which burned over 335 sq. miles in three days; currently, it is at 0% containment. pic.twitter.com/7Bh9aA9JSu
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 21, 2020
The California wildfire smoke did expand to the Great Plains and upper Midwest Friday afternoon. .
As the fires continue to grow, the smoke will continue to be carried through the atmosphere.
— Rob Mayeda (@RobMayeda) August 21, 2020
The smoke is expected to reach the Great Lakes region over the weekend.
The concentration of the smoke will not be anything like what the folks in California are dealing with.
When the smoke arrives to northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, the air quality will slightly decrease.
Sunrises and sunsets will become more vivid with red, orange and yellow due to the smoke scattering light particles differently.
A helpful resource for tracking the air quality in your area is AirNow.