Monday Evening June 5
That milky white color to the sky today has become a familiar sight. This latest round is a fresh source of smoke high in the atmosphere from Canadian Wildfires.
It has been deceiving as our temperatures have been averaging below normal, with the exception of our record 97°F last Friday.
This haze is what we might expect with hot temps, but not often when it’s been cool (70s).
Monday Evening Sky
Orange Orb at 7 PM in Dallastown, PA
The deep orange is due to particulates in the atmosphere from the smoke.
Red Orb at 8 PM in Sykesville, MD
Shannon Berk (my wife) took this.
The deep red orb is also due to the filtering light through the smoke particles. The lower in the sky, the more red the sun will appear. This works in reverse as it rises in the morning.
The latest wildfire activity map looks very busy. Last week’s blaze in New Jersey is not fully contained and has hot spots. There is also a large cluster of fires in Michigan.
But the main plume continues to be from Eastern Canada.
Monday Evening Weather Map
A stalled storm east of Maine has helped bring rain and cool temps with moist ocean air over the Nova Scotia fires. However, more blazes continue across parts of Quebec and Ontario. The wind flow is what is bringing the smokey air aloft our way.
Monday Evening Smoke Analysis
Smoke Plume Forecast
Monday Evening to Wednesday Afternoon
Tuesday Morning Smoke
This may be an opportunity for a deep red orb sunrise.
Tuesday Wind Forecast
8 AM to 8 PM
The winds will increase FROM the North/Northwest. This is what will carry more smoke our way.
4 PM Tuesday Winds
Winds will be 15 to 25 mph.
4 PM Snapshot
A line of showers will try to form. This is NOT going to help the drought. It may help carry some smoke down closer to the surface. So you may smell more of it in the air.
Noon to 10 PM
Notice the movement FROM the north, but only a 20% to 30% chance to get a brief shower.
Smoke Forecast Wednesday Afternoon
A fresh plume of smoke will attempt to fill back in.
I will include a look at the smoke in my full forecast on Tuesday morning.
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