Vancouver’s intensely smoky sky is so thick that it can be seen from space.
Looking at satellite imagery of the Pacific Northwest over the past 24 hours, it’s easy to see how the smoke from wildfires in Washington and British Columbia swirls and blankets the states.
It was relatively sunny on Saturday, September 10th, so the smoke was clearly visible.
A visible plume of smoke from Washington swirled north as clouds rolled in on Saturday. It looked as if brownish smoke had spread overnight along the Lower Mainland.
Metro Vancouver (circled) is still billowing with smoke as the sun begins to break through the clouds above. Here are the expected smoke conditions around noon: https://t.co/RGenqhyzQ0 is a great resource for examining smoke patterns. #BC Storm @Douglas Pin @ChuckDalldorf @bc_news_addict pic.twitter.com/CcQrNFitFf
— Peter Vogel (@PeterVogel) September 11, 2022
On Sunday, Vancouver air quality was the worst in the world. Fires blazing in the city, state and beyond have produced large amounts of smoke in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley this weekend.
Health officials are urging the public to do what they can to stay safe and reduce exposure, such as spending less time outdoors and using HEPA air purifiers indoors.