West Coast Wildfire smoke makes Its way to NYC. NBC’s Storm Team 4 reports that this is the worst air quality NYC has had in 14 years. The NYC Air Quality has hit a Historically Low level according to NBC New York, there are more than 60 wildfires are currently burning across western states and Canada. As the smoke builds, it gets wrapped up in weather systems and transported across the country.
The smoke on Tuesday arrived in the New York metro area and it’s expected to stick around for a few days until a cold front helps clear it out.
Smoke and haze from the wildfires in the western U.S. can be seen drifting southeast across the Tri-State area in this satellite imagery. This will filter the sunshine here throughout the day today. pic.twitter.com/LfSay79IQy
NYC Air Quality Historically Low: Why is the sun red?
New Yorkers woke up Tuesday to a hazy sky with the sun tinted a devilish red-orange color.
The sun’s red tinge is a result of dense smoke particles in the upper reaches of the atmosphere interacting with sunlight, scattering incoming light into the long wavelengths of red light. Those longer wavelengths ultimately give the sky a reddish-orange tint.
Wildfires out west, mostly from Western Canada, have sent smoke all the way to the city. That smoke is creating the haze you’re seeing this morning and giving the sun a red tint. 📸: Bronx – Soundview Neighborhood pic.twitter.com/Zx4AwZCOrY