At times you may have noticed a gray haze or murkiness in our Alabama skies. If you pondered on why this happening, here is the reason.

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James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that “the sky will be a bit "murky" through the week due to the usual summer particulates, and also smoke from Canadian wildfires in the higher levels of the atmosphere.”

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Are Wildfires Common in Canada?

Yes, the season for that area starts around May and continues over the summer months. July is the most active month.

Currently, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre is reporting on the state of the fires, “580 out of control, 100 being held, and 203 under control.”

Even though the Canadian wildfire season is only halfway done it’s already tracking to be one of the worst wildfire seasons on record.

CNN reports that the “Canadian wildfires put nearly 70 million US residents under air quality alerts.”

What does this mean for Alabama?

“The smoke is in the high levels of the atmosphere and isn't impacting low-level air quality at this time across the Deep South. It will hang around a few days before dispersing,” said Spann.

(Source) Click here to follow the Facebook Page of James Spann. Click here for more details from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. Click here for more information from CNN.

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