During the last week we have seen some unique looking sun and moon photos. The reddish color to the sun and moon are due to the wild fires in Canada. The image below shows where some of the fires are and their related smoke from June 28.
The below information is from Canadian Wildland Fire Information System:
Over the past 5 days fire activity has increased dramatically, with 758 new fires and 381,690 ha of area burned. The majority of the new fires have occurred in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan (14%, 29%, and 15% respectively), while the majority of the area burned was in Yukon, Saskatchewan and Parks Canada (14%, 40%, and 16% respectively). Seasonal fire occurrence and area burned are both well above the 10-year average.
Fire danger increased to very high throughout western and northern Canada, while central and eastern Canada remained at moderate or low fire danger. Fire danger in British Columbia is very high. Northern Alberta has very high to extreme fire danger while southern regions are at moderate to low. Fire danger in the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan is high to extreme. Manitoba and western Ontario are showing moderate fire danger. Fire danger from eastern Ontario to Atlantic Canada is low to moderate.
Here is a photo from Tuesday as the sun was setting in eastern Iowa.
(Photo: Al Sundt)
Here is another photo from Rochester, MN Thursday evening as the sun was setting.
(Photo: KTTC-TV Chief Meteorologist Randy Brock)
The images below show the set up today with a northwest flow aloft taking the smoke from Canada southeast in the upper levels of the atmosphere across the middle of the country.
We might continue to see the reddish sun and moon for the next couple of days while the northwest flow remains in place and as long as the fires keep burning.
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This post was written by Schnack on July 2, 2015