Smoke has returned to Central New York, reducing air quality across the area today. The origin of smoke is from wildfires to the northwest in Manitoba and Ontario, Canada. The jet stream is responsible for carrying this smoke hundreds of miles across North America to the Northeast.
Smoke is creating the hazy conditions seen across the area. The photo below is from early this morning in Rome, NY. Many folks have reported being able to smell smoke in the air today. This smoke is impacting air quality, not only reducing visibility, but also impacting health. Folks that are sensitive to pollution should limit their time outdoors until the air quality improves.
The winds continue to carry smoke in from the west over the next 24 hours. Our projections keep the possibility of smoke around through Tuesday evening. A cold front will turn winds into a more northerly direction, pushing the smoke south of Central New York. Air quality is expected to improve by Wednesday afternoon.
You can track current air quality and the forecast on AirNow.gov.