Smoke From Western States' Wildfires Visible To Hoosiers

Sep 16, 2020

Over the next several days Hoosiers may notice that the sky has a hazy, yellowish tinge to it.
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Although meteorologists are forecasting sunny skies for much of Indiana over the next several days, you may be wondering why things look a bit… hazy.

Hoosiers can see the impact of wildfires thousands of miles away right outside their window.  

When you look up at the sky, what you’re seeing is smoke coming all the way from the wildfires in Western states.  

According to Mark Frazier, Meteorologist for the U.S. National Weather Service of Northern Indiana, the smoke is visible to Hoosiers more than two thousand miles away due to transport winds.  

“As that smoke is elevating up through the atmosphere they’re being captured by the winds aloft and it literally is transporting those particles downwind to the central part of the U.S.," Frazier said.  

Although the fires are creating hazardous air quality conditions in the west, this is not yet an issue for Indiana.

As of Wednesday afternoon there are currently no ozone or air quality alerts in Indiana.  According to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, air quality for most of the state is “moderate,” meaning that air quality is acceptable but some pollutants may be a moderate health concern for people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.