NEW YORK – Thick smoke from Canadian wildfires Wednesday created the worst air quality on record for New York City. In doing so, it gave the sky a strange orange hue.
The image above features the New York City skyline on Wednesday. Low visibility caused by wildfire smoke shortens the depth of field, hiding a fuller view of Manhattan buildings behind a curtain of smoke.
On the ground, the wildfire smoke transforms the bustling city views into something almost otherworldly as residents and tourists make their way around Radio City Music Hall.
In northern Manhattan, trains moved through the Bronx, where a neighborhood was covered in a rust-orange color.
Also in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium was also enshrouded in a rusty haze.
Because of the hazardous air quality issues, Major League Baseball officials opted to postpone the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox game Wednesday night to Thursday at 4:05 p.m. ET.
The view from Central Park felt post-apocalyptic as skyscrapers were veiled by the smoke. In the picture below, a couple is seen walking through the park, while one can be seen wearing a mask.
The air quality in New York City plummeted on Wednesday, breaking the record for the worst air quality in the city's history.
The smoke appeared more gray near the Statue of Liberty, which stands between New York City and New Jersey. The photo below captured the moment a ferry floated past the statue, as smoke obscured the metropolitan area behind it.
These orange-tinted skies are the result of smoke particles blocking some wavelengths of sunlight. Sunlight contains multiple wavelengths that include all colors of visible light, but when the air is filled with particles, the particles block the shorter wavelengths of blue and green light. This leaves the longer wavelengths of orange and red to shine through.
Not just NYC
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Other states, such as New Jersey, were blanketed in wildfire smoke. The images above compare the same view on different days, with one view showing the city of New Brunswick covered by a blanket of smoke.
Further south, Washington also felt the effects of the wildfire smoke. A haze was seen around the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument on the National Mall, along with other areas throughout the nation's capital.
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