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Wildfires bring hazy, red sky to Mid-Missouri

If you went outside at all on Tuesday morning or afternoon, you may have noticed a hazy sky, and orange glow from the sun through the early afternoon.

The haze is being caused by smoke from wildfires currently burning in central Canada and in Alaska.

The jet stream is positioned to bring northwest wind flow aloft, and we had northwest winds at the surface behind a cold front in Mid-Missouri Monday, allowing this smoke to drift southeast into the area.

The reason we’re seeing the haze and saw the red sunrise is due to the size of the smoke particles.

The smoke particles cause some wavelengths of light to be scattered, and other, longer, wavelengths to be passed through, including the red and orange colors we experienced Tuesday morning and afternoon.

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