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You won't see the same plumes of smoke that are causing post-apocalyptic sky in San Francisco right now, but if you look for it you can see traces of the massive California wildfires right here in Louisiana.

With massive wildfires in California continuing to burn after having already scorched 3 million acres of forest, the smoke is continuing to build across the entire United States. Which is now being tracked by meteorologists and satellites. The smoke path is being tracked by the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP Satellite, which shows just how far the smoke has reached.

Image credit: NOAA/NASA Suomi Satellite

The above image is a tracking of atmospheric particles that indicate smoke. Things like sulfur dioxide and ash, which are indicated through the yellow-orange-red color coding. Yellow indicates trace amounts, to moderate amounts in orange, and heaviest amounts in varying shades of red.

We placed a box over the general Ark-La-Tex region for a frame of reference on the satellite image. The left side of the image is the source of the smoke, the California wildfires, with a stretch of smoke reaching all the way to our region.

The second image is a little easier to understand. It's from the same NOAA/NASA satellite, but instead of tracking particles in the air, its just a visual image of the smoke. Again, we placed a box around the general Ark-La-Tex region, where you can see the smoke arriving.

Image credit: NOAA/NASA Suomi Satellite

Now again, the smoke reaching our area will not bring on the same impacts to the sky that we have seen in California. There likely won't be a glowing orange tint, or drastic impacts to our area. National Weather Service Meteorologist Bryan Tilley told the Detroit Free Press what states this far east can expect...

"The only thing we usually get from that is a hazy sunrise or sunset"

So now that the smoke has arrived, and it won't be ending anytime soon, make sure to check out the sky around the sun during the sunrise, or at dusk, to see if you can pick up any changes.


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