Those Canadians again.
Air quality in North and Central Jersey just nosedived, on account of Canadian wildfires pushing ash into the Northeastern United States.
If you have to be outside, this is a public service announcement.
Better yet, get inside.
Close the windows.
Have a mask handy.
It’s not good.
In parts of Central and North Jersey, a heavy smoke blanketed the sky, blotted the sun, darkened the streets and filled the lungs with an unsettling smell of smoke.
From a western civilization standpoint, it felt like Pompeii all over again.
New Jersey government and Governor Phil Murphy did not issue any public health warnings or statements.
“New Yorkers are being urged to remain indoors, conserve energy and limit outdoor fires because of the state’s worsening air quality.
“On Tuesday afternoon, officials warned that the dangerous conditions can result in shortness of breath and irritated eyes, and can even worsen asthma and heart disease in more severe cases. They began last week with wildfires in New Jersey and Canada and have worsened as the Canadian fires persist.
“It’s no secret that New York is facing extraordinary air quality conditions right now,” Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said during a press conference on Tuesday. “Most New Yorkers – all New Yorkers – have seen the conditions out in the field today: The sky is hazy, visibility is terrible and you can smell the smoke in the air.”
“Millions of people in the eastern United States faced unhealthy air quality conditions on Tuesday, as smoke from wildfires in eastern Canada wafts over much of the country.
“An air quality advisory was in effect for several regions of New York state on Tuesday. Air monitoring stations on Tuesday afternoon in some parts of New York City showed measures considered unhealthy for anyone.
“It marked the second day of hazy skies across a wide swath of the country. Smoke blanketed the landscape from the Ohio Valley to as far south as the Carolinas on Monday. Air quality advisories were in effect Monday in southeastern Minnesota and parts of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as well as in more than 60 counties in Wisconsin on Monday.”
“A very dense area of smoke over upstate New York will soon sweep down across Northern New Jersey, New York City and southern New England.
“Large cities with the lowest air quality include New York City, Albany and Cincinnati, a map by AirNow, a website that publishes air quality data, shows.
“Another large and dense plume of smoke will be moving down across parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, delivering a one-two punch for some cities. That batch of very dense smoke will push down across the Northeast throughout the day on Wednesday, giving some relief to New England and the Midwest.”