Latest Canadian wildfire smoke maps show air quality is unhealthy now and forecast for the foreseeable future

wildfire smoke ruckus in canada It has affected parts of the US and satellite images from NASA show smoke has crossed the Atlantic and reached Europe. expected here Forecast for smoke.

On Tuesday, parts of the Midwest saw very unhealthy levels of smog, including Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit. experienced some of the worst air quality In this world, According to IQ Air, which monitors the air quality index around the world,

Air quality was moderate on Tuesday and Wednesday in areas east and south of these cities, According to AirNowa government site Measures air quality.

The smoke is traveling along the jet stream, a pattern of air that flows from west to east. In an email to CBS News, meteorologist Jen Carfagno, co-host of The Weather Channel’s “America’s Morning Headquarters,” and The Weather Channel’s storm and hurricane expert Greg Postel said the peak and early start of the fire season was extremely high. is related. Average temperature in Canada.

He wrote, “Smoke can be seen in the sky today/tomorrow in all cities from Nashville to Charlotte, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, Richmond, Virginia Beach.” “But as has been the case, those closest to the source (Canada) will have more intense levels of smoke particles in the air and worse air quality.”

One Interactive Map from NOAA It shows that from Wednesday to Thursday the thick smoke drifted across the United States and drifted southeast of Pennsylvania toward Washington, D.C. and north toward Buffalo. Less dense smoke has also been seen moving towards eastern cities such as Philadelphia and New York.

Another interactive map of particle pollution levels from The Associated Press, based on NOAA, EPA and other data, shows a large swath of red, indicating an “unhealthy” air quality index in the country’s northeastern quadrant, including ” Lots of “patches”. Unhealthy” air is indicated in purple.

On Wednesday morning, Pittsburgh was at the purple or “very unhealthy” air quality level, before conditions improved slightly. According to AirNow. Skies turned cloudy on Wednesday morning and an air quality warning was in effect until midnight.

National Weather Service Baltimore-Washington Talked about change in north-west winds Smoke from the wildfires will thicken Wednesday and air quality warnings were issued for all of Maryland, the Washington DC metro area and parts of northern Virginia. According to AirNow, the air quality in the area was yellow or moderate on Wednesday.

Buffalo was at the red, or unhealthy level, on Wednesday, as western neighbors like Detroit were at the purple, or very unhealthy, level. According to NWS Buffalo, “Looking to the west, worse conditions are in place and will make its way across the region today through Thursday.”

New York Department of Health where was there “Temporary increase in air quality index levels likely to reach ‘very unhealthy’ or ‘severe'”. Governor Cathy Hochul air quality health advisory issued People in and around the state were urged to exercise caution for western and central New York and eastern Lake Ontario as the smoke continued to spread through Thursday.

Carfagno and Postel said Washington, D.C. is likely to feel the effects of the smoke later Wednesday, but it’s unclear whether it will be as bad as New York and Philadelphia.

However, it is possible that these cities will see more smoke on Friday morning. “Based on the current smoke trajectory and weather modeling right now, DC looks to be getting the worst smoke on the East Coast,” he wrote.

The amount of smoke we get in the US depends on “wind direction, wind speed, density variation in smoke from the source area, and stability in the atmosphere,” he said.

The Midwest isn’t clear yet. Another batch of smoke is forecast to hit Minnesota and North Dakota on Thursday. “It is difficult to see how this will improve dramatically without a significant improvement in Canadian fire conditions or a significant atmospheric circulation shift that would change the dominant wind flow to bring wind from the south,” said Jodi.

NASA said on Monday that smoke from Canada has spread across the Atlantic to southwestern Europe, Images from NASA’s Terra satellite showed smoke rising over Portugal and Spain, but NASA said it had spread further.

smoke from Forest fire Have traveled this way before. In 2017, Nasa said smoke Wildfires traveled 3,000 miles from the West Coast to the East Coast.

In 2020, smoke from massive fires in Australia spread around the world, passing through South America and back to Australia, where they originated. According to NASA.

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