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Seacoast in NH, Maine to see smoky skies from western wildfires

Portsmouth Herald, N.H. — Hadley Barndollar Portsmouth Herald, N.H.

Sept. 16-- Sep. 16--An air quality advisory for Rockingham County and southern New Hampshire is alerting to possible smoky skies throughout Wednesday, as a result of the still-raging wildfires out West.

Smoky, hazy and milky skies are expected across southern New England this week, according to the National Weather Service advisory.

The NWS in Gray, Maine predicted higher amounts of smoke over New England Wednesday afternoon, "likely making for a colorful sunset."

The NWS for Boston reported "another smokey day on tap for southern New England."

According to reporting by the Los Angeles Times, the wildfires out West have "wrecked havoc" on regional air quality and transformed the sky "into an ominous red orb." The smoke as a result of the fires has now spanned across the country, and is expected to reach even Europe.

According to the NWS, smoke from the fires is being caught in the atmospheric jet stream and carried across the U.S. The Los Angeles Times reported there is enough smoke to partially shroud the sun in parts of the East Coast, according to forecasters.

The Providence Journal in Rhode Island reported the smoke was visible as a thick, gray haze in the sky by Monday afternoon.

Despite the expected smoke impact, air quality measurements/pollutant levels for New Hampshire remain "good," according to the state Department of Environmental Services.

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