Smoke, ash from Western wildfires greatly impacting New Jersey air quality
New Jersey residents have been posting amazing pictures of sunrises and sunsets on social media over the last two days – the sun a bright orange because of wildfires in California, Oregon and Canada.
Smoke from those fires has been impacting the air quality around the Garden State.
“You can see this gray fogginess here in the lower valley. That’s the smoke,” says Montclair State Earth & Environmental Studies chairman Greg Pope. “Beyond that almost visible ridge would be the Meadowlands...I can see the stadium normally. Can’t see that now.”
Pope says the smoke that has limited the visibility in the area has made its way thousands of miles to New Jersey via a jet stream.
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“To get it from 3,000 miles away, that’s like, wow,” Pope says. “We’re situated with a cold front north of us in Canada and a cold front south of us in Carolina. We were sandwiched in a worst-case scenario.”
It’s not just the views being affected, it is also the air. It is unhealthy for people with asthma and other related conditions.
“Yesterday and today it’s fine particles and that’s directly from ash,” says Pope.
Wednesday’s rain and a cold front are expected to wash away the smoke, ash and air quality concerns. Pope says that it could all come back if the fires out west persist.
Earlier on Wednesday, the New York City tri-state area was second on the list of worst air quality in the world, behind only Siberia.