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Nova Scotia Wildfires

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I expect some have seen the news of the pre-summer wildfires across Canada. The Nova Scotia fires impact vast swaths of the province, and the smoke spreads even farther. It’s bad here in central New York, over 900 miles *southeast [edit: correction southwest, typing too fast and missed the autocorrect ] of the fires. And closer to NS is, of course, much, much worse.
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The air quality has gotten to hazardous levels. And it’s like nothing I’ve seen here before. There is supposed to be a lake in this pic. Cayuga is a lake 40 miles long and 3 miles wide. The pic below it is from roughly the same vantage in early spring.
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Taken by a friend from about two miles from the lake shore.
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I’ve spent many summer vacations in Nova Scotia, and I have a number of friends and family there directly impacted by the fires. They’ve all had to evacuate; a few have lost livestock, homes, and/or businesses. Because it is a very rural area, even more remote than where I am, most fire departments are volunteers. Several cousins are on the front lines with the fires.
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The New Hampshire wildland firefighters (Hot Shots) have been deployed up there to help fight the fires (saw them talking about it on the news). Big respect for those guys. That is tough work. We have had that eerie haze here too.
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thomcat00 wrote: Wed Jun 07, 2023 8:48 pm 900 miles southeast of the fires...
900 miles?? :o
I’m ignorant of geography and weather patterns but this really makes me stop and think. Definitely puts a scale on this for me...
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Re: Nova Scotia Wildfires

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missF wrote: Wed Jun 07, 2023 11:07 pm
thomcat00 wrote: Wed Jun 07, 2023 8:48 pm 900 miles southeast of the fires...
900 miles?? :o
I’m ignorant of geography and weather patterns but this really makes me stop and think. Definitely puts a scale on this for me...
Corrected the direction, I’m _west_ not east.
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it's not nearly as bad in DC, but it was definitely very hazy and smelled off when i went to work this morning.
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Yep, the haze and smell is reaching all the way here to Michigan, some 1400 miles Southwest. Though it’s not nearly as bad as in the Northeast. It’s a terrible thing. Much of the eastern USA is in a drought and in danger of sparking wildfires as well.
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Re: Nova Scotia Wildfires

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Part of my work involves monitoring air conditions in the US. I had a impromptu work call a couple hours ago thanks to a White House request for information by 0730 tomorrow morning.

Luckily, I don't actually have to pull the info together, so I can go to sleep. Indications are that conditions should improve by Friday (for the US, I mean), but it's hard to say, really. At least, that's what the actual scientists tell me.

Wildfires really are becoming more of a problem for a larger swath of North America. It's not just a California and South Western problem anymore. We are getting red flag warnings earlier in the year for areas that rarely used to get them.
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Peteo wrote: Thu Jun 08, 2023 4:15 am
Wildfires really are becoming more of a problem for a larger swath of North America. It's not just a California and South Western problem anymore. We are getting red flag warnings earlier in the year for areas that rarely used to get them.
They seem to be becoming more of a problem in Europe too and in Scotland even, a wildfire has been burning in the Highlands for over 2 weeks. You have to think this is down to global warming at least in part. That is mind boggling and quite scary that the smoke can travel as far as NYC. I read that Jodie Comer even stopped performing her one woman show on Broadway last night partway during the performance due to the air quality.

Kudos to the brave firefighters and other volunteers tackling these fires.
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