Westerly winds expected to impact wildfire smoke in SF Bay Area


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RECORD - Skies were clouded over Sonoma, California, on August 6 due to smoke from wildfires in the northwestern part of the state.

RECORD – Skies were clouded over Sonoma, California, on August 6 due to smoke from wildfires in the northwestern part of the state.

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An air quality adviser remains in effect for the San Francisco Bay Area Monday due to persistent wildfire smoke, but the soot conditions are expected to improve this afternoon due to changes in winds, officials you say.

“It looks like we still have some high smoke above us,” said Brooke Bingaman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Models are showing that the smoke will get pushed east today as westerly winds will pick up this afternoon. This will also break the mass when stagnant overhead and help clear lingering smoke over the region.”

The smoke poured into the region from fires burning in the north over the weekend. The smoke remained largely high in the atmosphere and intermittent periods of smoke mixed into the surface, particularly at higher elevations, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

The district forecast similar conditions Monday morning with the worst air quality at higher elevation locations in the North Bay Mountains, East Bay Mountains, Diablo Range and coastal hills. Air quality is not expected to exceed federal and district health standards explaining this is why an Air supply alert, signaling more severe conditions, was not issued Monday. The sky may appear cloudy but you may not smell smoke.

The air quality across the Bay Area Monday morning from good to moderate, depending on the weather the district map. The purple map showed similar conditions to most places in the moderate range.

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