Pinpoint Weather: Smoky haze overhead as the air heats up underneath

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There is a noticeable haze in the region that is filtering the sunshine and may keep temperatures down a degree or two both today and again tomorrow.  The haze is actually a mix of some high clouds and smoke from wildfires in the western United States and also a significant cluster of wildfires in central Canada.  

The smoke is being transported in the upper levels of the atmosphere by the jet stream and as it looks now, there isn’t much change in the overall upper-level flow.  In other words, this haze will be around for a few days. There is no rain in the forecast for a while so the smoky haze should linger into at least the end of the week.

The air quality is being listed as Moderate, which means that there are no major issues but those who are usually sensitive to pollution may need to be cautious.

As far as the forecast is concerned our region is fairly well locked into this quiet pattern of heat and haze.  There will be a bit warmer temps expected Wednesday under a NW flow and there is no widespread rain expected for several days.

Over the weekend there is a better chance for some scattered showers or even the rumble of thunder, but overall, the pattern is quiet.

If you want to wash your car, this may be a good week to get your vehicle cleaned up. There may be a very slight chance of a shower on Thursday, but they should be few and far between.

Stay safe everyone.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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