Press "Enter" to skip to content

3 years ago: Bay Area sky turns orange

Saturday marks exactly three years since intense shades of orange filled the sky over the Bay Area.

Filtered sunlight coming through smog, wildfire smoke and ash created the apocalyptic look. We were also reminded of it over the summer when New York City went through a similar experience.

“It was surreal to live through it because it seemed like the sun never came up that morning,” NBC Bay Area Meteorologist Kari Hall previously said. “With all of the blinds open it was so dark at home and the orange hue made it eerie outside.”

Relive that ominous day by clicking through the gallery below.

For another perspective, check out the video below to see how the sky looked from NBC Bay Area’s network of traffic cameras spread out across the region.

So, how exactly did this happen? Hall said it all has to do with smoke pollution’s impact on sunlight.

“The thick plumes of smoke reflected the sun’s “shortwaves” back upward above the smoke, which makes the sky appear blue. Instead, we had only the “longwaves” of the sun’s light, which was refracted by the smoke particles in the air, making it appear red and orange all around us,” she said.

Be First to Comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *