FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — In California alone, over 3.3 million acres of land have been destroyed by raging wildfires in 2020.
Multiple wildfires have scorched more than 1 million acres of land in Oregon and over 600 thousand acres in Washington.
It has been an extremely devastating and record-breaking wildfire season up and down the western half of the country.
On top of that, they are dealing with the worst air quality in the world due to the thick smoke.
Not much improvement in the smoke today. Early morning readings around the area mostly very unhealthy to hazardous. As weather system approaches Monday smoke conditions will improve. #wawx #seattlesmoke pic.twitter.com/b7WNnFfxxo
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) September 13, 2020
Across northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, we have seen quite a few clouds over the past few days but the smoke is above us.
Check out this cool satellite animation from this afternoon showing the smoke from the western wildfires over the upper midwest and Tropical System Sally in the Gulf and Hurricane Paulette in the Atlantic. #wiwx @UWCIMSS pic.twitter.com/qaCPzWMdOh
— NWS Milwaukee (@NWSMilwaukee) September 13, 2020
Believe it or not, the smoke actually hitched a ride on the jetstream and made it to Canada over the weekend.
The smoke from the western wildfires will continue to hitch a ride in the atmosphere over the coming days.
As we see sunshine across the Midwest early this week, it will appear as hazy sunshine due to the smoke.
We will have plenty of sunshine over the next few days but smoke from the western wildfires will make it appear as hazy sunshine. Look for more vivid sunrises and sunsets through the middle of the week. pic.twitter.com/GymdkTYt5x
— Beverly Perry (@BeverlyPerryWx) September 13, 2020
The concentration will not be anything like what the folks out west are dealing with.
Sunrises and sunsets will become more vivid with red, orange and yellow due to the smoke scattering light particles differently.
— NWS Indianapolis (@NWSIndianapolis) September 10, 2020