Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hazy Conditions Caused by Fires

There was a noticeable haze in the air today. It looked like a very humid July day, but it wasn't very humid today. Instead, the haze came from fires in the southeastern part of the country. There's a bit from the NWS below.
From the NWS in Indianapolis...
You may have noticed the hazy look to the sky on Wednesday. Visibilities were reduced to around 5 miles at times during Wednesday afternoon at the Indianapolis International Airport. The hazy conditions were caused by the wildfires in southern Georgia and northern Florida.
Clockwise winds flowing around strong high pressure off the eastern United States brought the smoke west from the fires into Mississippi and then north through Tennessee, Kentucky, and into Indiana. Visibilities closer to the fires in Georgia and Florida were around 2 miles in smoke. Farther away from the fires, visibilties generally ranged from 5 to 7 miles.