Smoke from wildfires blankets the TriCities
If you are wondering where all the smoke in the air came from Monday and why it is still here, the National Weather Service has two words for you: Manitoba, Canada.
Winds have carried smoke from wildfires in western Ontario and eastern Manitoba, Canada, to northern United States on Monday. A forecast shows Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana as the worst affected while the smoke has traveled as far east as New York and as far west as Minnesota.
Lee Carlaw, National Weather Service meteorologist, said there has not been noticeable decreases in air quality in northern Illinois, though some people may notice a difference.
Smoke from fires that have been burning since June 28 was caught up in a ridge of high pressure and directed to northern Illinois, Carlaw said. The smoke layer, which is 10,000 to 12,000 feet above ground, may dim the sun and create colorful sunrises and sunsets, according to the National Weather Service website.
However, a weak flow in the area means the smoke will continue to linger as far south as Missouri until it starts to clear up by Tuesday afternoon, he said.
A 19-hour forecast shows a dissipation of the worst affected areas in Illinois starting around noon. The smoke will move from the northern part of the state into Iowa and Minnesota, according to the forecast.