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Smoke from Canadian fires reaches Connecticut

The smoke is moving westward from Nova Scotia. Some fire departments have received calls from people who are smelling it.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Massive wildfires burning on the southern tip of Nova Scotia are responsible for sending a plume of smoke back into Connecticut on Tuesday.

Usually, weather moves from west to east. But this time, the wind has carried the smoke from Nova Scotia to the south and east toward Connecticut.

We've experienced smoky skies for much of the last month, thanks to the jet stream carrying smoke from wildfires in western Canada.

The smoke from those fires has been higher in the atmosphere and more dispersive, or spread out.

This smoke is lower in the atmosphere and more concentrated in a plume. Since it is closer to the ground, it is temporarily impacting air quality and reducing visibility. 

Some people have even smelt the smoke, with local fire departments reporting they've had calls from people wondering if the smell is from a local fire.

Tuesday afternoon, the smoke was quite thick in New Haven but not much of an issue in Hartford.

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The air quality quickly deteriorated as the smoke passed through, but since it is moving, the poor air quality has been limited to a period of a few hours.

Sunset and sunrise may be vivid with smoke still in the air.

Ryan Breton is a meteorologist at FOX61 News. He can be reached at rbreton@fox61.com. Follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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