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Arizona wildfire smoke dims Nebraska skies

June 7, 2011

Have you been wondering about the haze in the air in the Nebraska Panhandle the last few days?

Some people are saying it’s windblown dust.

Here’s a link to a NASA satellite image from June 5 that tells a different story.

The smoke from the wildfires in Arizona has been blowing north along the Rockies, curling east at Wyoming and leaking into the Nebraska Panhandle.

Here’s a portion of that NASA image linked above:

Here are a couple of photos I took from the plane window yesterday that show the haze.

Near Denver:

Looking northeast over the North Platte River on approach to Scottsbluff:

The decline in visibility gives me that unsettling feeling of looking out into the ocean while snorkeling and not being able to see the massive predator that’s lurking in the near distance.

Copyright 2011 by Katie Bradshaw

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