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Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Drifts Over NYC, Tri-State



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    Notice a smoky look in the sky?

    On a day when Storm Team 4 called for clear skies over the tri-state, smoke from wildfires raging in Canada wafted over the region, putting a filter on the sunshine. 

    It's because the wind trajectory recently has been from the northeast, an ideal track to push the smoke hundreds of miles to the southeast. 

    Wind direction at approximately 30,000 feet shown in yellow. Canadian fires of at least 2,471 acres in size shown by red dots.
    Photo credit: Map from Penn State, annotation by Tyler Jankoski

    According to Canada's government agency that tracks wildfires, nine fires are 2,471 acres or greater in size in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

    The smoke is thousands of feet up in the atmosphere, so the risk of health impacts is very low.

    While the smoke should move out of the area later today, it may provide for a beautiful sunset.

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