Smoke from wildfires in the West creates a haze as the sun rises over South Bend on Tuesday morning. Staff photo by Robert Franklin
Smoke from wildfires in the West creates a haze as the sun rises over South Bend on Tuesday morning. Staff photo by Robert Franklin
SOUTH BEND — As smoke from wildfires raging on the West Coast migrates to the Midwest, a light grey haze may settle over Michiana at times, while sunrise and sunset take on a red glow.

The “smokey haze” set in over many parts of the Midwest on Monday, as smoke from wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington is being carried by jet streams, said National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Roller.

“It’s not so much in the way of cloud cover, but more so that smokey haze that we’re seeing overhead,” said Roller, who works in the weather service’s Northern Indiana office.

At least 26 people have died, and thousands have been displaced, by the fires over the past week. Smoke from the blazes has decreased air quality in parts of the West Coast, though Roller said Michiana residents shouldn’t be too concerned about similar issues.

“Most of that smoke is expected to stay aloft as opposed to near the surface, so we aren’t expecting too much in terms of air quality effects from it,” Roller said.
Copyright © 2020, South Bend Tribune