Smoky Summer Skies

This was exceptionally good news from the National Weather Service Seattle on Monday, “Intermittent smoke is still possible this week, but air quality over the next 5 days is expected to be improved compared to prior weeks! Warm Tuesday, otherwise, comfortable temperatures are expected”.  It was a relief to see the moon this week!

This summer, the Pacific NW has had seriously smoky skies from wildfires burning in the Western US and Canada, that have created a health hazard on many days.

Here is some important health information from the Washington State Department of Health:

Outdoor smoke contains very small particles and gases, including carbon monoxide. These particles can get into your eyes and lungs where they can cause health problems. Main sources of outdoor smoke in Washington:

What health problems can smoke cause?

Who is especially sensitive to smoke?

Inhaling smoke is not good for anyone, even healthy people. People most likely to have health problems from breathing smoke include:

And from the Washington State Department of Ecology yesterday,  “Don’t panic, but we’re starting to see some smoke back in the Puget Sound region, and expect a little more on Wed. Air quality shouldn’t be worse than “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups,” and we should be back to “Good” by Thursday.”


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