BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you noticed something hazy in the sky Tuesday morning, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.

Smoke from the wildfires raging up and down the West Coast has now made it all the way across the country to the East Coast thanks to the jet stream.

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WJZ Meteorologist Tim Williams said the haze could remain in the Baltimore area for a couple of days since there isn’t any rain to break it up.

And those fall-like temperatures you’re feeling Tuesday? That too is due to the haze which is blocking the sun’s ability to make it warmer.

The National Weather Service In Wakefield, Virginia explained how the smoke traveled to the Maryland area.

The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, New Jersey, tweeted the smoke also led to some changes to the way the sunset appeared in the sky Monday night.

The thin layer of smoke was roughly 30,000 feet in the air Monday evening as it passed above Baltimore. It remained like that Tuesday morning.


Smoke from California wildfires have reached the East Coast, leaving a hazy film in the sky. Credit: WJZ

The fires burning in California alone have scorched more than 3.2 million acres, a larger area than the state of Connecticut, CBS San Francisco reports.

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This story was originally published on September 14, 2020.

Tim Williams

Comments (4)
  1. chrissfarmer says:

    Not to worry, that famous scientist Donald Trump told us it will be getting colder. So, colder temperatures will put out the fires??? Things don’t burn in winter? News to me!

    Exactly how does that work?

    Where did Trump get his degrees in climatology or is he a meteorologist???

  2. littlebuddie says:

    It’s easy for me to pick out small minds, they are the minds that blame one man for everything unpleasant going on in the world these days.

  3. I thought all that smoke and everything floated up to the ozone layer?

  4. Jill McHenry says:

    Air moves from west to east, remember the jet stream? It changes its path over time, so something from the west may or may not hit any given part of the east coast. Particulate matter that goes up, be it smoke, volcanic ash, or soil/sand from dust storms, will eventually come down & settle, it does not “disappear into space” because of gravity.

    The fires are predominantly on FEDERAL land, who is in charge of that? Trump is trying to blame states for mismanaging federal land that is under his auspices, managed by by David Bernhardt, the Secretary of the Interior that he himself appointed. The Bureau of Land Management answers to Bernhardt. That’s fact not opinion, but perhaps you did not study the structure of the federal government at school like everyone else did. Sadly Trump does not understand science even on a most basic level and he cannot grasp that climate change is real and climate and weather are not the same thing. If it gets cooler the fires will not just go away anymore than COVID will. Less wind and more rain would improve the situation. If you know how to make that happen, please call the White House ASAP. Think about it, can’t you light your grill in the winter when it’s freezing? Your car still burns gasoline, doesn’t it? Well dry trees will still burn when it’s cold too.

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