Western wildfires cause smoke smell in Miami Valley

Many Miami Valley residents reported smelling smoke during and after Monday night’s rainstorm, that were likely due to wildfires burning from the west, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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It is very likely that smoke from fires burning to our West, the Pacific Northwest, and even southern Canada may have contributed to the smell, as the high altitude smoke can be "ingested" by developing thunderstorms. It is also likely that the smoke earlier in the day on Monday made for an orange or pinkish tint to the sunset and moon. 

Wildfire smoke is scientifically proven to impact lightning, according to Elwell, so it is possible that the smoke could have contributed to the high number of lightning strikes, positive cloud to ground strikes, in particular. 


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