Does it appear hazy out your office window today? Fires several states are to blame for our hazy conditions today in North Carolina. Southwesterly winds today is spreading smoke from fires in southern Georgia and northern Florida into parts of the Carolinas.
Here's a statement issued by the National Weather Service in Raleigh this morning --
1018 AM EDT WED MAY 16 2007.
STRONG SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS OF 35 TO 40 MPH JUST OFF THE SURFACE WILL SPREAD A SMOKE PLUME ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA THROUGH NOON TODAY. THE SMOKE PLUME ORIGINATES FROM WILDFIRES IN PARTS OF SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND NORTHERN FLORIDA. AS THE AIR TEMPERATURES CONTINUES TO HEAT UP...THE SMOKE PLUME SHOULD GRADUALLY LIFT HIGHER IN THE ATMOSPHERE AND BECOME LESS CONCENTRATED. UNTIL THEN...THE SMOKE PLUME WILL CAUSE HAZY CONDITIONS... REDUCING VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS TO 3 TO 5 MILES. PERSONS WHO SUFFER FROM ASTHMA OR OTHER BREATHING AILMENTS SHOULD LIMIT OUTDOOR EXPOSURE TODAY.