That is what Mike Swaja posted on my Facebook Weather Page.
I have to agree–skies are looking other-worldly for many of us right now. In this picture, you’d normally have a clear view of Mt. Hood but it (and most of the orange sun) are lost on the smoke.
Smoke that many of us are smelling right now.
Frankly, this is the kind of thing those living east of the Cascades have to deal repeatedly with many summers. But today, winds in the atmosphere switched to what we call ‘an offshore flow.’ This means the air is coming from the east and blowing toward the shore. In other words, from the east sides of Oregon and Washington toward our beautiful beaches.
Caught in the middle? Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, Salem, etc. How much smoke you get, of course, depends on what is upstream of you in the wind department. Here’s the Visible Satellite loop from late morning on Saturday August 22, 2015. The white is the smoke coming our way. Portland is approximately under the ‘play’ button.
Air quality was still in pretty good shape for many of us on Saturday morning, despite smelling the smoke. Here’s a site for checking air quality at your house right now.
Offshore flow–along with hazy and smoky skies at times–will continue through the weekend. What a difference from last night.