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Smoke from Canadian wildfires seen in Northeast Wisconsin

A composite of visible satellite imagery, satellite-detected atmospheric smoke, and satellite-derived hot spots (wildfires) show the smoke plumes stretching from British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest into the Western Great Lakes region.

Early Tuesday afternoon, the skies above Green Bay were relatively clear and calm.

But in parts of British Columbia, along Canada's Pacific coastline, wildifres have burned through hundreds of thousands of acres of land since April 1st.

This has caused both visibility and air pollution problems not just there, but also into the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

And earlier Tuesday morning, some of the smoke could be seen in our area.

Using different weather satellites, we can overlay smoke density and visible satellite imagery to help track where smoke plumes are going.

On August 5th, you could see the most smoke in British Columbia and into the Pacific Northwest, with some of it beginning to extend into central Canada.

The next day, a batch of that smoke along with smoke from other fires continued to move eastward.

And by Monday the 7th, you can see that plume pushing close to us, stretching from north of Lake Superior and into Northern Minnesota.

If you were up early enough on Tuesday, you could probably see the haze overhead.

Visible satellite imagery picked it up early in the morning, though a little faintly, seen as a hazy area over top of us.

Thankfully, that plume moved on rather quickly, so it shouldn't have any serious short term effects.

"Air quality is okay here in Northeast Wisconsin. That smoke layer is at least 10,000 feet above the ground, so we don't anticipate any issues with that," according to Jeff Last, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the Green Bay National Weather Service.

If anything, any lingering smoke might provide a little more pop in the sky overhead at times.

"It's possible with at least a smaller amount of smoke in the air, certainly, still possible we'll have those reddish sunrises and sunsets over the next couple days," said Last.

It's not unusual this time of year to see hazy, smoky skies in Northeast Wisconsin.

Wildfire season is typically in full swing in western North America.

Additionally, our upper level winds also tend to flow in from the west and west-northwest, which push the smoke toward us.

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