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Sep 16, 2020

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Why Is the Sun Red? [2020]

Why Is the Sun Red? [2020]

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Jessica McBride Milwaukee The red sun in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, which is near Milwaukee.

People all over the country are reporting that the sun is an unusual red shade. What gives? Why is the sun a bright red orb in many communities? The answer: The smoke from wildfires out west.

The sun certainly looked red in Wisconsin, where this author lives.

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IndyStar reported that the sun was a red hue in Indiana too. According to the newspaper, it’s “the result of smoke from devastating West Coast wildfires spreading across the country at high altitudes.”

The newspaper spoke to a National Weather Service metereologist, who explained that jet streams move across the U.S., and they are carrying smoke throughout the country “The very hazy sun like we had yesterday and we have today, that’s also because of all the particulates in the air because of the smoke,” Ryan told IndyStar on September 15. “It’s making the sunrises and sunsets quite vivid and very colorful.”

Readers sent us some pictures of the red sun.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts:

Darryl Rod to Jessica McBride.Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Sussex, Wisconsin:

Chris Schaefgen to Jessica McBrideSussex, Wisconsin.

North Lake, Wisconsin:

Anna Burgett to Jessica McBride MilwaukeeNorth Lake, Wisconsin.

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The Wildfires Are Sending Smoke Into the Air That Is Causing the Reddish Hue Due to ‘Scattering’

Shannon Bertsch to Jessica McBride MilwaukeeWaukesha, Wisconsin.

Fox10 Phoenix reported that the phenomenon is also being witnessed in Arizona. “The red hues are due to wildfire smoke blowing into the state, which has caused hazy skies and a red tint to the moon and sun,” the television station reported.

According to Fox10, the phenomenon is caused by “scattering” that “sends light out in different directions” when “sunlight hits smoke particles in the atmosphere.”

“Blue and green wavelengths of visible light are scattered by the smoke particles, while more of the red gets through,” Ken Drozd, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tucson, told that television station.

Daphne Thompson, a metereologist from Oklahoma, echoed that point to

“The thing with wildfires is that the smoke puts a lot of extra particles up in the atmosphere. So now we’re getting the red scattering over even more of those particles, and you can get some amazing red sunsets during wildfires,” Thompson said to the outlet.

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain wrote on Twitter that the smoke from the fire was partly blocking the sun.

“Extremely dense & tall smoke plumes from numerous large wildfires, some of which have been generating nocturnal pyrocumulunimbus clouds (‘fire thunderstorms’), are almost completely blocking out the sun across some portions of Northern California this morning,” he wrote.

The Skies Were Red & Orange in Some States Too

Why is the sky orange today?Hear the latest from Air District meteorologist Jarrett Claiborne!2020-09-11T20:06:59Z

In many areas of the western United States, people were reporting red and orange skies, not just a red sun.

The Bay Area Air District reported that the red/orange skies were the “result of wildfire smoke in the air. Strong winds over the past few days transported ash from fires in northern California and the Sierra Nevada into the region. These smoke particles scatter blue light & only allow yellow-orange-red light to reach the surface, causing skies to look orange. If smoke becomes too thick in a certain area, most of the light will be scattered & absorbed before reaching the surface, which may cause dark skies.”

Brian Schafer to Jessica McBrideNear Molalla Oregon.

It’s happened before. In 2019, a Pennsylvania television station reported that the sun looked red because of Canadian wildfires.

In early August, the sun was also red-looking in Arizona, a phenomenon also attributed to smoke from a wildfire, in that case the Valley the Apple Fire in southern California, according to ABC15.

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Trump To Campaign in Pittsburgh, Biden Attending Fundraisers

Reuters September 22, 2020 0 Comments

President Donald Trump will make a stop in Pennsylvania and Democratic rival Joe Biden will attend two virtual fundraisers on Tuesday as the White House contenders battle for an advantage in the brewing fight over a new U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Trump said he planned to reveal his pick to succeed liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Saturday and hoped to have a Senate confirmation vote before the Nov. 3 election, sparking fierce criticism from Biden and congressional Democrats.

The death of Ginsburg last Friday and the prospect of a brutal political struggle to replace her as Republicans look to cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the court, injected a new air of uncertainty into a White House campaign that Biden has led steadily in opinion polls.

On the campaign trail on Monday, both candidates returned to themes that dominated the race before Ginsburg’s death. Biden in Wisconsin slammed Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the Republican president touted his economic record and fired back with criticism of Biden’s past support of free-trade deals, which he said cost the state jobs.

Trump will return to the trail on Tuesday with an airport rally outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, another key battleground state – along with Wisconsin and Michigan – that Trump narrowly won in 2016 but Biden is hoping to recapture for Democrats in the November election.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Monday showed Biden leading Trump among likely voters in Wisconsin, while the two were about even in Pennsylvania.

Biden is expected to participate in two fundraisers, with tickets for both ranging up to $100,000, according to invitations seen by Reuters. One will feature speakers including Jim Chanos, the famed Wall Street short seller, and Robert Wolf, a former chief executive at UBS Americas and an economic adviser to former President Barack Obama.

The other fundraiser will be a conversation with Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general and one of Biden’s top advisers on the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden has built a major financial advantage for the campaign’s final stretch after a big fundraising haul in August. The campaign and its party allies will report having $466 million in cash at the end of August, while Trump’s war chest stood at $325 million, according to officials from both sides.

That has allowed Biden’s campaign to push into new states it had not been spending heavily in before. On Monday, Biden’s campaign said it would add Republican-leaning Georgia and Iowa, both won easily by Trump in 2016 but also home to competitive U.S. Senate races, to a list of 10 other states where it is running paid advertisements.

Voters in about a half-dozen states have already begun casting early in-person ballots, and election experts expect a surge of early and mail-in voting this year as people try to reduce their risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

(Reporting by John Whitesides, Trevor Hunnicutt and Lawrence Delevingne; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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