ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Smoke wildfires burning about 2,000 miles away from the greater St. Louis area is now effecting our skies, according to the National Weather Service.
If you've happened to be awestruck by the bright colors of the sunset in recent nights, you have the West Coast fires that burned millions of acres and forced thousands from their homes to sarcastically thank. A photo of sunset on Sunday night was tweeted out by the NWS of St. Louis, who stated the "combination of cirrus clouds and wildfire smoke aloft" made more some beautiful views.
The smoke filled the air with an acrid metallic smell like pennies and spread to nearby states. While making it difficult to breathe, it helped firefighters by blocking the sun and turning the weather cooler as they tried to get a handle on the blazes, which were slowing in some places.
But warnings of low moisture and strong winds that could fan the flames added urgency to the battle.