The Forecast Calls For Smoke

Ken AshfordLocal InterestLeave a Comment

Smoke?!?  Really?

Never heard that before.

But sure enough, that’s what the forecast says: "Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms possible. Areas of smoke reducing visibilities at times."

The reason, as it turns out:

Smoke and haze wafting over the region from two North Carolina wildfires should begin to clear later this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The sources of the smoke were likely from a 40,000-acre, lightning-sparked blaze in the central Outer Banks about 50 miles west of Nags Head, N.C., and a nearly 1,000-acre fire near Suffolk along the North Carolina border, weather experts said.

Winds blew smoke west-northwest to the Danville area, affecting Pittsylvania, Halifax, Henry and Patrick counties, as well as Caswell, Rockingham and Stokes counties in North Carolina, the National Weather Service said.

OK then.  I suppose they get this kind of forecast in the West Coast.  It’s just a new one to me.