Large wildfires continue to burn across northern California after a dry and devastating summer.
Many Coloradans may remember the smoke and haze that filled our skies from this summer as well. Much of that haze came from not only our fires but also the fires burning in the west.
Smoke and haze from those western wildfires can move across the country through the jet stream. The jet stream flows from west to east and consists of strong winds that sit 20,000 to 30,000 feet above the surface.
For now, most of the smoke and haze from the California wildfires is sitting over northern California and off the California coast. But as the jet stream winds shift, some of that smoke and haze will shift east as well.
There are a couple of places you can go to keep track of current wildfires, the smoke and haze and the haze forecast!
This site will show where current fires are burning and will also map the smoke and haze plume as it affects other parts of the country. If the plume doesn’t show up right away, click the three lines on the right side of the map and make sure there is a check mark by "Hazard Mapping system Smoke Plumes."
This site is an experimental forecast model that tries to predict where the smoke plume will travel over the next 24 to 48 hours. Turn on “Vertically Integrated Smoke” in the menu on the upper left-hand side of your screen, then use the toolbar at the bottom to navigate through the forecast time frame.