'That is not a layer of clouds you're seeing': Cloud-like haze overhead produced by California wildfires

Published on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 15:40
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

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Local meteorologists with WFSB say there is no risk to public health from the cloud-like haze produced by the California wildfires in Connecticut.

Meteorologist Mark Dixon reported Tuesday that haze had been seen across the state since yesterday evening and continued through until sunrise.

“That is not a layer of clouds you’re seeing,” he said. “It’s actually a layer of smoke high aloft in the atmosphere.”

Fortunately, Dixon said the smoke is high enough in the atmosphere that it does not pose any danger to those who may suffer from respiratory disorders.

“There are no health implications,” he said.

Bruce DePrest, who was with Dixon in the newsroom Tuesday, said the amount of haze people will be able to see over the next few days will vary from day to day during the wildfires. The haze has been spotted across several states.

“It will wax and wane, ebb and flow over the next couple days,” DePrest said.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 15:40. Updated: Tuesday, 15 September 2020 15:43.