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Bluer sky today a result of less wildfire smoke

For the first time in awhile, dense haze was noticeably absent from the sky in central Indiana.
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For much of summer the sky over central Indiana, and much of the United States, has been impacted by remnant smoke from wildfires in the western U.S. and southern Canada.

Today, the sky was noticeably more blue for the first time in seemingly for weeks and it was certainly a sight for sore eyes. Blue sky and scattered fair weather cumulus were just what the doctor ordered after this smoke-filled stretch.

Latest modeling shows that this trend should continue over the next 48 hours as the surface and upper level wind pushes the more dense elevated smoke layer south and west of Indiana for at least a few more days.

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In addition, air quality dropped into the "Good" range for the first time in a few days and it's expected to remain that way Tuesday and Wednesday.

That flow of air from the northeast also leads to a continued comfortable air mass and rather pleasant temperatures for early August. Monday morning was our coolest - 57° officially in Indianapolis - temperature since early July.  Lows again drop into the 50s tonight and another pleasantly mild day of highs near 80°.

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Credit: WTHR

The Muggy Meter remains rather comfortable for early August standards until late week and into the weekend when dewpoints surge into the upper 60s.  This influx of moisture also brings a return of storm chances beginning Friday.