Here’s why your sky just isn’t as sunny as it should be


Mike Wehner

  • California's wildfires have produced so much smoke and fine particles that it is affecting the skies all across the United States.
  • Smoke and dust carried aloft many thousands of feet is shrouding the Sun and producing a bizarre haze across many states.
  • These fires, and others around the world, have been directly linked to climate change.

If you live in the United States there's a really, really good chance that your skies look a bit unusual right now. For example, the forecast called for a nice, sunny day here in my sleepy little town in Wisconsin. It's true, there's not a cloud in the sky, but to call it "sunny" would be a massive overstatement. Instead, the sky is a bright off-white and even takes on a pink/orange hue at times.

So, what's going on? Wildfires, that's what. The wildfires that are raging along the West Coast of the US are spewing an incredible amount of dust and smoke high into the air. It gets caught up in the natural flow of high-level winds and carried for hundreds or even thousands of miles.

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