If you happen to be in New England Friday, take a look up at the sky. Does it look hazy? Cloudy? Surprisingly enough, that’s not actually cloud cover. That’s actually smoke from wildfires across the other side of the United States and southwestern Canada.

The GOES-16 satellite had a great view of this smoke Friday morning, highlighting a thick line of hazy smoke moving eastward across the region.

A near-zonal flow of the jet stream, which is when the upper-level winds travel in a general west to east direction, has allowed for the smoke from the dozens of large wildfires in the West to travel across the country, filling the skies of the Plains and Midwest as well before reaching New England.

A new round of smoke may be present across parts of New England this weekend, keeping skies hazy and generally lowering air quality.


Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami.

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