Wildfire Smoke to Impact Iowa This Weekend
In the Western United States, 86 large fires have burned nearly 900,000 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
15 states have reported large fires and at least 26 of these are in California, and they have charred over 300,000 acres in less than a week. (California was subject to 11,000 lightning strikes in a 72-hour period)
The smoke from these wildfires is getting caught in the jet stream and is working its way east. It could reach Iowa as early as tonight. (Friday)
The smoke may create some beautiful sunsets this weekend, but it’s also dangerous. It can degrade air quality and cause breathing and lung problems, particularly for people with asthma.
Significant wildfire activity continues across the western U.S. As smoke gets caught up in the jet stream, smoke aloft will make it as far east as Iowa on Fri evening into Sat. This could cause the sky to become hazy. Loop is integrated smoke from the HRRR Smoke model. #iawx pic.twitter.com/kvVHMaRUbx
— NWS Des Moines (@NWSDesMoines) August 21, 2020
Wildfire smoke between a swirling low & a major hurricane.
— CIRA (@CIRA_CSU) August 19, 2020
SATELLITE SPOTLIGHT: @NOAA's #GOES17️ continues to track the extensive #smoke from the #wildfires across Northern California. This #GeoColor view shows the smoke blowing well away for the #fires, stretching hundreds of miles over the Pacific Ocean. #CAwx #CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/tjskieth8E
— NOAA Satellites – Public Affairs (@NOAASatellitePA) August 19, 2020
— craig philpott (@CphilpottCraig) August 21, 2020
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) August 19, 2020
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