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Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog: Wildfire smoke blankets the sky over Indiana

Look in the sky Monday and much of this week, and you'll see the impacts of remnant wildfire smoke over our sky.
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INDIANAPOLIS — You likely noticed a "milkiness" to the sky on Sunday and/or the vivid coloring of the sky/sun at sunset. If you didn't, look in the sky Monday and much of this week, and you'll see the impacts of remnant wildfire smoke over our sky.

Yes — this is the same wildfires burning in the western U.S. Upper level wind continues to push this smoke downstream from the origination, and it is very evident on true color GOES-16 satellite.

The latest hi-resolution modeling continues to show the remnant plume spreading over the Great Lakes/Ohio Valley and possibly getting more dense on Monday. Based on the expected upper level pattern, it's likely this may hang around much of this week. 

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The biggest impacts are the milky color to the sky and those vivid, almost eerie-looking sunrises/sunsets. Worsening air quality can't be ruled out either.

Otherwise, our weather this week is relatively quiet. Tropical Storm Sally is expected to intensify into a hurricane before landfall near the Louisiana/Mississippi border on Tuesday. It's expected to mostly stay east/south of our viewing area as a cold front pushes it away heading into the weekend.

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The air behind that front delivers a crisp, sunny weekend that features lows in the 40s and highs near 70°.

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