Report: Smoke From West Coast Fires Obscuring Sunlight In Portland, Maine
According to The Portland Press Herald, smoke from the raging wildfires on the West Coast was picked up by the jet stream and carried across the U.S., with Maine seeing “a hazy sky and unusually colorful sunrises and sunsets.”
West Coast-originating smoke has been seen as far away as the Netherlands and Hamburg, Germany, the Associated Press reported. Data collected by the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service found smoke from the fires had traveled almost 5,000 miles through the atmosphere to Britain and other parts of northern Europe.
In Maine, the familiar bright blue midday sky is less blue and less bright, and the haze is more visible around sunrise and sunset.
“It’s all visual. It’s just going to make the sky look different,” said meteorologist William Watson with the National Weather Service in Gray. “There isn’t really an effect other than that because it’s so high up in the atmosphere.”
While the air quality in Portland will be unaffected, The Press Herald noted that in California, Oregon and Washington, people have “struggled for more than a week with some of the most unhealthy air on the planet from the raging wildfires.”