Western Fires are Causing Hazy Skies, Unhealthy Air in New York


The haze, as seen from the UWS.

A haze is hovering over the city, as seen in the photos above and below by Jeff French Segall, and meteorologists say it can be linked to the fires now causing destruction in the West.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation considers the current air quality in the city to be unhealthy because of fine particulate matter in the air — that can be caused by wildfires.

The phenomenon is also apparently causing the sun to take on a redder tone.

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    1. UWS_lifer says:

      I don’t think that smoke and haze is from forest fires way out West.

      This is basically just what happens when you legalize weed throughout the tri-state area. Maybe everyone could switch over to some edibles until this unhealthy sky blows over. I need to get my laps in around the Reservoir.:)

    2. Marianne says:

      The end is nigh, my friends. If we can’t breath clean air what are we to do?

    3. Dawg says:

      There is nothing Oregon can’t ruin.

    4. dc says:

      I was wondering about it!

    5. Jim Cash says:

      Ever notice the Canadians have far fewer of these fire issues when they are right next door. Why is that?

      • geoff says:

        One reason might be that there is one tenth the population and in a much bigger country. Further, people there don’t insist on building midst the temperate rain forest. When they do build next forests in similar arid areas, they get similar results—Kelowna, on the Okanagon plateau in British Columbia.

        • nemo paradise says:

          Canada is not “much bigger.” The countries are almost identical in size. Maps distort the actual size of Canada because they flatten a spherical area.

      • JE says:

        Canada has massive fires right now. Some of the smoke is likely from Canadian fires – it’s apparently multiple plumes combined.