People In Canada And The US Are Positively BURIED In Wildfire Smoke, And The Pictures Are So Incredibly Intense
New York City had the worst air quality of any major city in the world by Tuesday evening, and code reds were issued in much of the northeast, mid-Atlantic, and Midwest.
1. This week, smoke from hundreds of Canadian wildfires has blanketed large portions of the US and Canada.
The smoke -- making the Eastern U.S. look like California at the peak of fire season -- is not normal.— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) June 6, 2023
The air is compromised from Minneapolis to DC to Boston, and the worst from western NY to arround Ottawa. A thread... 1/ pic.twitter.com/cV8MnfdWRI
2. As of Tuesday morning, New York is the epicenter, as the smoke from over 400 active wildfires in Canada drifts south.
This is what the sunrise over New York looked like today due to wildfire smoke coming over from Canada. Air quality levels are at unhealthy, at over 10 times the guidelines recommended by the WHO. This is the reality of living through the climate crisis. pic.twitter.com/Uww89UPGnZ— Dr. Lucky Tran (@luckytran) June 6, 2023
3. New waves of smoke have been rolling in for over a day now.
A normal look outside my apartment vs today in NYC.— Dylan DeBruyn (@DylanDeBruynWX) June 6, 2023
Air quality here is horrible due to the smoke from ongoing wildfires in Canada. NYC currently has some of the worst air quality in the world pic.twitter.com/JAIkSZybNt
4. And for much of Tuesday evening, New York City had the worst air quality ranking of every major city in the world.
We’re getting closer to first pitch here at Yankee Stadium and the air quality is real bad. It’s ominous. Smells like smoke.— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) June 6, 2023
Meanwhile, Triple-A SWB just postponed their game due to poor air quality… pic.twitter.com/UZMoAvpYTL
6. And what they can see is frankly terrifying.
8. Entire buildings are disappearing.
Normally the Empire State Building would be right in the middle of this view. Invisible now because of smoke from Canadian fires.— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) June 6, 2023
Please be aware that @NYSDEC has an air quality warning in effect through tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/mIXXeiEBck
9. It's so bad that people can't tell if the smoke is coming from the Canadian wildfires or a fire mere feet away.
This is absolutely insane.— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) June 7, 2023
Right now the air quality in NYC is the worst since the 1960’s.
Visibility is getting worse and the entire city smells like a camp fire. pic.twitter.com/YnqsMJx8OD
13. People all across the Northeast are sharing unnaturally red and orange pictures of the sun.
The Sun over my house (outside Boston) right now through the smoke from fires in Quebec hundreds of miles away. You can smell the smoke. @universalhub #QuebecWildfires #quebec pic.twitter.com/lwCnPlwXJS— Brian K. Sullivan (@WeatherSullivan) June 6, 2023
16. By the end of Tuesday, the smoke blanketed most of New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
And here's an eerily smoky live look over Easton as of 5:15pm. Campfire smell through the Lehigh Valley as this thickest haze/smoke of the day pivots south through PA/NJ this evening. Worst air quality through a little after sunset...then should improve a bit overnight. pic.twitter.com/Vo22X1HGtK— Meteorologist Dan Skeldon (@DanSkeldonWFMZ) June 6, 2023
18. ...as far north as Québec province, where the fires are still going strong...
20. But people in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia woke up to a code red on Wednesday morning.
CODE RED air quality alert today. The National Cathedral is barely a mile from our tower camera and it is shrouded in a smokey haze this morning. This is the poorest air quality in the DC area since 2011. Limit your time outside as much as you can today & Thurs. @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/WbQbuyt00d— Chuck Bell (@ChuckBell4) June 7, 2023
21. Area schools have canceled all outdoor activities.
Washington, D.C., public schools have canceled all outdoor activities, including athletic games, for Wednesday due to the poor air quality.— 𓂀 𝕋𝔼𝔸ℍ 𓂀 (@TeahCartel) June 7, 2023
A "Code RED Air Quality Alert" has been issued for the nation's capital. pic.twitter.com/ozRMh7p0mU
22. As of noon on Wednesday, New York City still has some of the worst air quality in the world, coming in at #4.
NEW YORK CITY: Prepare for air qualities WORSE than yesterday.— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) June 7, 2023
Likely in the code red to code purple category.
A wall of dense wildfire smoke will arrive by noon.
— Visibilities below 3 miles
— You’ll taste the smoke
— Your eyes will sting
EVERYONE should avoid the outdoors. pic.twitter.com/JrEce3vLFV
24. Someone pointed out the darkly hilarious irony that the smoke first started causing problems on the night of June 5, which is the United Nations' World Environment Day.
On #WorldEnvironmentDay, Toronto smells like campfire. Smoke is bellowing over from another province. On a normal day, we can see the CN Tower.— Steph E. Paesano (@GogglesPaesan0) June 6, 2023
Today, a quarter of our country is battling fires. This is NOT normal. But tell me more about global warming not being an issue. pic.twitter.com/hHoJJzyAM5
25. But seriously, this smoke is no joke. Natural disasters like this are bound to continue due to climate change.
I’ve lived in NYC for over 15 years now. Never seen, smelled, or felt anything like this before and it’s continuing to get worse. Be careful if you’re walking around, time to mask up again. #AirQualityAlert pic.twitter.com/S0JmJefLgy— Thinknoodles #RIPKopi 🐶🍜 (@Thinknoodles) June 7, 2023