WASHINGTON -- The hazy skies of summer caused by wildfire smoke have been a regular occurrence these past few years, but not all smoke in North American came from North American wildfires!
A new animation recently released from NOAA shows an animation of where wildfire smoke has spread from early July into early August. Much of the smoke across the U.S. has come from the massive fires burning in the West, with California particularly hit hard once again this year.
We created this video of wildfire smoke forecasts from July 8-August 8 2021 from #GlobalSystemsLab's experimental FV3-Chem model. Note how smoke from fires in Russia swept over the North Pole! pic.twitter.com/yUeOQ1d7bq— NOAA ESRL (@NOAA_ESRL) August 30, 2021
Years of drought in the West in recent times have led to massive wildfires each summer, spreading its smoke as far away as New York City at times!
But some of the smoke has come from halfway around the world. This animation shows how some smoke from large wildfires burning in the Siberian region of Russia was carried over the North Pole and then down into Canada in August!
The animation also shows just how much smoke has been coming from California. The animation ended on Aug. 8, but dozens of fires continue to rage in the region. The Dixie Fire in Northern California has become the second-largest in the state's history and the Caldor Fire burning to its south continues to threaten the Lake Tahoe area, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate.