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Smoke from wildfires in Canada and western U.S. causing hazy skies in Northeast Ohio

The smoke is the reason why we are also seeing some spectacular sunrises and sunsets in our area.

CLEVELAND — You may have noticed some extra haze over the past couple of days in our area, making for some pretty spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The moon is also showing up orange at night.

According to 3News Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling, it's all because the smoke from wildfires in Canada and in the western portion of the U.S. is making its way to Northeast Ohio.

"Keep in mind, wildfires burn hot," Betsy explains. "And when the heat gets going under those wildfires, it propels those smoke particles way up to the upper parts of the atmosphere. Then the get trapped, then they get caught in the jetstream winds. That's when we end up with the smoke."

According to Betsy, more hazy sunshine will fill our skies Tuesday with spotty storms expected very late in the day into the overnight. The upper-air pattern won't be moving this out any time soon as we'll stay locked into a northwest flow aloft for a good portion of the week. Perhaps by Wednesday or Thursday, we could start to see that haze scatter out. 

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Check out Betsy's forecast and more of an explanation about wildfire smoke causing haze in the player below:

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