If you are a resident of the Kansas City area, did you notice the hazy sky last night and this morning? The haziness is caused by smoke from fires burning in Canada and Alaska, the furthest in central Alaska 3,500 miles away. The super-high resolution satellite image below shows the fires burning in central and eastern Alaska at top left and the thick plume of smoke arcing east and south into eastern Kansas, which sits at bottom right (image courtesy of the NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory at http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/MediaDetail2.php?MediaID=1719&MediaTypeID=1).
The smoke from those fires is being carried by the jet stream, shown in the second image below, that is providing almost a direct pipeline into the Midwest (image courtesy of the National Center for Atmospheric Research at http://weather.rap.ucar.edu/upper/), leading to a milky red sunset and sunrise this morning (last photo).
Dr. Kevin Walter Director of Meteorology, Tradewind Energy