We’re Seeing Smoke from the Wildfires Out West, Here in Illinois!!

August 13, 2018 0 Comments

Check out this incredible image from our GOES -East satellite. That haze you see over Illinois is actually smoke particles that climb into the middle to upper parts of the atmosphere and the jet stream brought it into our area. We’ve also seen a decline in our air quality¬†in the Heart of Illinois since Friday.

This shows us the air quality across the region. Yellow indicates a moderate level of pollutants. While the level is acceptable, some people may have minor discomfort due to these pollutants.

 

This may have made viewing the Perseid meteor shower difficult for some residents last night. In some instances, this smoke can also enhance sunset colors. This is because¬†the particles have scattering properties which help to enhance the red’s in the setting sun.

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