As wildfires continue to rage across California, the smoke residue has moved to the Midwest, reaching the northwestern region of Kansas.
The haze is expected to linger in the air for most of next week before the high-pressure system moves through the Mississippi Valley and potentially some of the southeastern states, according to Matt Gerard, chief meteorologist at the National Weather Service. Dodge City.
“It’s a lot of smoke traveling this far east,” said Gerard. “
We’ve had some pretty bright red sunrises and sunsets, and the smoke rising in the air above us really makes the sky look grayish.”
The recent Colorado wildfires have also contributed significantly to smog in the Midwest.
The lightning-fast Pine Gulch fire, which erupted on July 31, is currently the largest in the state and burned 129,715 acres in Mesa and Garfield counties, about 18 miles north of Grand Junction. According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday morning it was 19% content.
“But these other fires in northern California also put out a lot of the smoke that we get here,” Gerard said.
Periods of hazy skies are not so uncommon during fire season, he explained, although the Midwest experienced a particularly dry winter and spring last year, which may have contributed to some of the lingering smoke. On Sunday, the Dodge City NWS reported a reduction in air quality as temperatures soared in the 1990s across the state. 1928: Amelia Earhart with the airplane
“I heard someone say the air smelled like toast, and it’s not something we usually use here,” Gerard said.
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Hazy conditions in the sky from the wildfire smoke in the western parts of the country will continue in southwest Kansas over the next couple of days. The main time frame for the thickest haze will be in the evening hours around sunset. #kswx pic.twitter.com/ZjizA1iCZn
— NWS Dodge City (@NWSDodgeCity) August 23, 2020