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Canada Fires Affect Sunsets in US, Making Colors More Intense

By    |   Monday, 11 Aug 2014 11:13 AM

Canadian fires in the Northwest Territories have produced drifting smoke that has made sunsets in the United States more intense, giving them more orange and reddish hues.

AccuWeather.com's senior meteorologist Brett Anderson said the smoke has been drifting from Canadian to the north central and northeastern parts of the U.S. through a dip in the jet stream at roughly 25,000 feet.

"Through the weekend, the sky may appear to be overcast at times from high-flying clouds and at other times it may be barely noticeable," Anderson said.

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Remnants from the Canadian fires have given a colorful view to sunsets through the northeast in locations like Washington, D.C.


"The smoke is originating too far away and occurring too high in the atmosphere to significantly affect air quality and should not be a problem for people with respiratory problems," wrote Alex Sosnowski, of AccuWeather.com.

Canada is experiencing one of its worst years for wildfire seasons in years with about 2,720 different blazes being reported by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center, reported the Washington Post, burning more than 2.5 million acres this year alone.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported that Canada's territorial government is currently spending nearly $1 million a day to fight the various fires in the Northwest Territories.

"What we are seeing in the Northwest Territories this year is an indicator of what to expect with climate change," Mike Flannigan, a professor at the University of Alberta's renewable resources department told the Dispatch News. "Expect more fires, larger fires, more intense fires."

Dave Phillips, a Canadian climatologist, told the Dispatch News the territories driest summer in about 50 years has contributed to the multiple fires across that portion of Canada. Phillips said hotter than normal temperatures in British Columbia is adding to the problem.

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Canadian fires in the Northwest Territories have produced drifting smoke that has made sunsets in the United States more intense, giving them more orange and reddish hues.
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