Wildfire smoke propelled by jet stream into WNY

Aug 19, 2018

The wildfires burning in the western United States and Canada are having an impact on our area. The National Weather Service reports smoke from the fires is being propelled east by the jet stream.

From the National Weather Service's Buffalo office.
Credit Courtesy of NWS Buffalo

The smoke is appearing as wispy, cirrus clouds at 10,000 to 12,000 feet high in the atmosphere.

Meteorologist Aaron Reynolds says the smoke is making for some spectacular sunsets here.

"The smoke particles scatters the light a little bit," Reynolds said. "You can get some really beautiful sunsets from that. You get some orange, some blues and pinks in there."

Reynolds says smoke from western fires reaching our region is not all that unusual. He says the weather service has equipment that differentiates the smoke from regular cirrus clouds.