Smoke from the California wildfires has wafted over to the East Coast

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SMOKE IN NEW YORK

People in New York and several other states on the East Coast woke up to hazy and smoky skies created by wildfire smoke. 

Are there big wildfires on the other side of the coast right now? 

Nope, it’s actually quite the opposite. At last check, the current temperature was 47 degrees in New York City with a low of 34 degrees. They even recently had a snowstorm. 

Hazy skies in the East are actually due to smoke from Butte County where the Camp Fire continues to burn nearly two weeks after it first sparked. 

The Camp Fire has scorched more than 151,000 acres and is 70 percent contained. At least 79 people are dead, with close to 700 people still missing. 

“Wow. I knew tonight’s sunset over New York City seemed different,” tweeted Kathryn Prociv, a meteorologist for The Today Show. “Wildfire smoke is in the air, all the way from California.”

“So if you thought it was just a bit hazy this afternoon, we have a California fire smoke plume moving through,” tweeted New Jersey-based meteorologist Gary Szatkowski. 

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say because the smoke is situated high up in the atmosphere, it is unlikely to pose a health risk for people on the other side of the U.S. 

But back in the Bay, air quality conditions have been at their worst across the area for the past 12 days. 

Conditions are expected to get better in the coming days as two rainstorms are expected.

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