BOSTON (CBS) – As the historic heat wave continues to the west, southern New England is viewing some of the effects from across the continent.
In the Pacific Northwest alone, the widespread forest fires burned over 100,000 hectares. As the clouds of smoke rise into the atmosphere, the jet stream moves the haze over the northern United States. It had reached us on Monday, but clouds blocked the view of the orange hue. The mostly clear sky on Tuesday gave us an indication of how thick that smoke is.
The good news is that this stays in the atmosphere and doesn’t build up on the surface. Air quality warnings are not in place and we do not expect them. Even better news is that a cold front will clear this up by Wednesday evening.
This front will be accompanied by some severe thunderstorms that can turn out to be heavy rain and noxious winds. Once we’re through that, drier, cooler air will return and we’ll see clear blue skies by Thursday!