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Smoke From West Coast Wildfires Comes To Baltimore


You might have noticed some hazy skies today here in the Baltimore region. That haze is coming all the way from the massive wildfires that have been raging through the West Coast. 

National Weather Service meteorologist Brian LaSorfa said the smoke was carried by the jet stream and could be hanging over the Baltimore region for the next couple of days.

“It is thick enough that it’s obscuring the sun to some degree so you can have a filtered sunshine,” he said. 

Temperatures were cool and dry today, mainly because of a cold front that passed through. But LaSorfa says it’s a couple of degrees cooler because the smoke is blocking some of the sun’s radiation. 

He added that the smoke is too high to affect the air quality, which was in Code “Green” today. That means it’s good. 

“Most of the smoke is above 15,000 feet or so, but looking at the satellite you can see it all across the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast,” LaSorfa said. 

The wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington have burnt more than five million acres and killed at least 27 people. 


Sarah Y. Kim is WYPR’s health and housing reporter. Kim is WYPR's Report for America corps member, and Anthony Brandon Fellow. Kim joined WYPR as a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. Now in her second year as an RFA corps member, Kim is based in Baltimore City.