Americans are noticing their sunsets looking a little odd lately, thanks to some serious second-hand smoke from Canada.
A series of wildfires ravaging various provinces and territories including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories are wreaking a bit of havoc south of the border. The smoke from these fires, which is reportedly visible from space, has been blowing into the U.S. like a storm:
As a result, some states like Maryland have issued air quality warnings (most of the state is deemed “moderate” with some areas marked “unhealthy for sensitive groups”), according to AirNow.
But there’s something else the smoke is doing that’s actually pretty neat.
Because it sits so high in the atmosphere, where it can’t be smelled, it’s helping to create some unusual looking sunsets south of the border. Essentially, Americans are looking at the sun filtered through a thick veil of smoke, giving it more of an intense, reddish hue. Here are some of the images that have been popping up on social media:
— Jim Havard (@JimHavard) June 10, 2015
— Joanne Kane (@jodikane) June 10, 2015
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) June 9, 2015
— Andrew Krueger (@akpix) June 9, 2015
— Jenja Cobsrocks (@jenjacobsrocks) July 11, 2013
— _b_ (@brandxnr) June 10, 2015
Sunset was even more brilliant as smoke from wildfire in Canada blew over Ohio. pic.twitter.com/VcNc6yLa0c
— Chris Bradley (@Chris10TV) June 10, 2015
Wild pink sun last night! Explanation – wildfires in Saskatchewan, Canada…go figure pic.twitter.com/HGgWMIrnNL
— Patricia Sweeney (@losmomp) June 11, 2015