Weather Blog | Smoky skies could make for a nice sunset this evening in Kansas City region

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Posted at 11:51 AM, Aug 30, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-30 16:49:16-04

Temperatures felt great as you stepped out the door the morning, but did you notice a little bit of haze in the sky?

There are a lot of wildfires burning in Canada, over British Columbia, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories.

*As a side note, if you're thinking there has been a lot of wild fires in Canada this year, you're correct, as more than 15-million hectares have burned, which appear to be the largest since at least 1980.

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The same winds that are bringing the comfortable morning, also bring us that smoke from about 1,600 miles away.

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As an area of high pressure slides into the Great Lakes, the thickest smoke is forecast to stay west of Kansas City.

As the sunsets in the west this evening around 7:50 p.m., we may be in for a hazy, orange sky.


I'm not seeing any any air quality problems in Kansas City or near Wichita where the smoke is thickest.

Previously when we had smoke lingering overhead for a few days ground level ozone was encouraged to form but I think this episode of smoke will be short enough and that won't be a problem.

If you have any smoky sunset pictures this evening or ever you can send them to me @WesWeather on social media or email