The Smoky Reason for the Brilliant Sunrises, Sunsets Over Philly

Wildfires burning in places like California, Idaho and Montana are sending smoke high up into the sky and that smoke is drifting over the Philadelphia region

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Notice something colorful around dusk and dawn?

Multiple fires burning on the West Coast are bringing a thick mass of smoke to the Philadelphia region heading into this weekend, NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologists say, and that will continue to bring us beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

The fires are currently burning out in the northwest, most prominently the Mosquito Fire on the Sierra Nevada east of the Sacramento area in California. It’s also coming from states like Montana and Idaho. 

The smoke from all the fires out west has traveled through the winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere and have already reached the Midwest.

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The smoke is not expected to create any air quality problems due to staying higher up in the atmosphere. 

The Philadelphia region is slated to see the thick mass of smoke in the next day or so, although locals might’ve already noticed a slight haze Thursday morning.

Just check out this photo of the sunrise that NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Steve Sosna captured:

You could notice those brilliant colors over the next several sunsets and sunrises as the smoky air continues to hover.

Just look at these hazy sunrises from the Jersey Shore to the Poconos Friday morning.

A look at hazy sunrises on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
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