There are currently 21 wildfires burning in Alberta. Seven of them are burning “out of control.”
Smoke billowing from the destructive fires – Chuckegg Creek Wildfire (692,000 acres) and Jackpot Creek Wildfire (61,000 acres) – has spread far beyond Alberta, reaching the US East Coast and Europe within a few days.
?️?Yesterday's #CAMS global forecast shows that smoke from the #AlbertaWildfires travelled as far as the #UK.— Copernicus ECMWF (@CopernicusECMWF) June 4, 2019
On #WorldEnvironmentDay we will release a video to explain how CAMS provides #airquality forecasts to help #BeatAirPollution
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After dangerously engulfing Edmonton and Calgary during the weekend, smoke of these monster wildfires reached the eastern US on June 3, 2019:
Does it seem a bit hazy out today? That's because smoke from wildfires burning in Alberta, Canada, has spread southeast across much of the eastern United States. The smoke shows up nicely on GOES-E satellite imagery. #chswx #gawx #scwx #savwx pic.twitter.com/BEVf7Jotjt— NWS Charleston, SC (@NWSCharlestonSC) June 3, 2019
And was as far as the UK and a good part of Europe on June 4, 2019:
Smoke from the fires in Alberta now covers a good part of Europe. The OMPS aerosol index on the left, the AI overlaid on the VIIRS RGB image on the right. pic.twitter.com/4iLDgmKbVt— Colin Seftor (@colin_seftor) June 4, 2019
The journey across the Atlantic Ocean has already started on June 2, 2019 as shown by these satellite images:
But how exactly does smoke travel this far?
Small particles of smoke that come from the fires can stay in the air and move through the Earth’s atmosphere — all the way around the globe. The smoke sits more than a mile above the Earth’s surface, but can move down through strong winds called jet streams and have an impact on air quality.
That’s an amazing speed… And new way to rapidly propagate a range of health issues, including respiratory problems, and aggravate lung and heart issues.