By: Arpita Patel
Summary: My post is about seeing the orange haze over the Michigan clouds. This orange haze is due to the massive wildfires that are spreading through the Western side of the US. According to Stephanie Hengesbach, a meteorologist and air quality forecaster with EGLE, she claims that the smoke has transferred from the west through the clouds. Few of Michigan residents became concerned about the air quality and what the effects will be. An air quality test was then done The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s air quality forecast which showed that Michigan still has a healthy quality of breathable air. Stephanie Hengesbach also talks about what the Michigan residents should do for now and explains how the fires will have a grand effect on the air quality. She explains that as of now, residents don’t have to worry about air quality. In the future, if the fires get out of hand, the entire mid-west area can see a change in air quality. Of course, the weather pattern also plays a HUGE role in this. She explains it's super unlikely to happen any time soon but soon we can predict based on state weather and air quality. The blog also talks about climate change and could there be an event like this in Michigan. State Climatologist Jeff Andresen of Michigan State University described how we are already seeing climate change happen. The past five years have been Michigan’s wettest five-year period on record, Andresen said. Last year was the wettest since record-keeping began, with a statewide average precipitation of 41.8 inches—a full 10.7 inches above the long-term average. And with more rain comes more flooding and more loss of life and property. He has explained that we are seeing climate change and change in the rain since 2014. Since 2014, 2 major dams in Michigan broke open and damaged more than 900 homes, and cost $100 million in public infrastructure damages. His message to the Michigan people is that there may be a little smoke from the tinted sky, but we are already in a major climate change that is happening right now, and it is transforming our ecosystem. We need to worry about that instead of the tiny smoke that we see in the sky.
Why we should care? We should care about this topic because yes, it outlines the smoke from the Western side fires, but lays heavily on climate change that is occurring in Michigan.
I found this article to be very interesting because of the title. I did not know that there were effects in Michigan from the fires out in the west. When I read the blog, I was shocked to hear that people are seeing a pinkish haze sky in the early morning hours and also a photo to prove the point. It also talks about the air quality and what this will mean for the Michigan residents. I also like this blog because it talks about Michigan climate changes that we are going through. With record heat and record rainfalls, it tells us, what we are doing wrong and how we can prevent all these events from happening.
Science in Action.
Kelly House is a write for Bridge Michigan.
Kelly House covers all environmental issues for Bridge which is for Michigan. She has written articles about issues from public parks to Great Lakes anchor strikes to climate changes. This is relevant to my blog post because she works on all environmental issues Michigan is facing. Kelly House has been working for the Bridge since March of 2020. She also works with the residents of Michigan and helps them to raise their voice about our environmental issues and how we can speak against the government to tell them to do what’s right. She also writes blogs on how people can be safe for the COVID and ways we can prevent them.
This blog post was very interesting and informing. I have asthma that effects my daily life and air quality is a major factor in keeping my asthma under control. I am glad the wild fires have not damaged the air quality for many asthmatic residents.
Its enlightening to read how the earth is so interconnected on so many levels. Although the wildfires are occurring on the western part of the nation, Michigan will still see some of the effects from this ranging from air quality to water concerns from the weather changes.
This post was very interesting because I hadn’t thought about the affects of these fires on the midwest region. Hopefully, we will be able to recover from these affects and the air quality will still be okay for sensitive groups.
It’s crazy how we are seeing the effects of the fires from the western side of the US here in Michigan. The fires are caused by climate change but too see the effects of the fires from the west are having on us here in Michigan put it into perspective just how big a deal this is.
We knew about the wildfire's fallout heading this way from the air stream, but it's crazy to think that all of that smoke stayed suspended for that long that it reached Michigan. I like that this article also brought attention to our own climate change issues as well as the fact we see the smoke. It really makes you think about how we are affecting the world and what we can do about it.
Ian M Hogg
1. This is a great blog post. After reading this I hope to be able to explain to people just how serious of an impact wildfires have on the entire country. I did not know that we would be able to see the effects of the wildfires out west here in Michigan. It makes sense that we should not have to worry too much about the air quality being affected too drastically here in Michigan, however it is still important to understand the effects the smoke and debris has on the country as whole. You brought up great points through the use of Stephanie Hengesbach and her research. By adding your section of how climate change is already affecting Michigan was great way to reiterate the seriousness of climate change on us here in Michigan. The amount of rain the past couple years has been starting to concern me and it is reassuring to see the scientific community research the effects of this excess rain already. I would think that we will become accustomed to this increase in rainfall and accustomed to potentially seeing smoke form the wildfires out west. This is a sad realization; however, it is just another reminder of how important it is to plan for a future where the climate and weather conditions are less predictable. Overall, this was a great post to read and it brought forth a great conversation on the changes Michigan will be experiencing in the future due to the effects of climate change.
This post is extremely interesting because it proves that climate change is a problem that is affecting the country as a whole rather than just one region of the United States. The fact that the wildfires in California, a destination thousands of miles away, is affecting the lives of future Michiganders allows even the skeptics to see how needed change is in America's current practices. I also appreciate how the rainfall was brought into play because it is not something that could happen in the future, it is a phenomenon that is happening now. These increased levels of rainfall are extremely significant.
Its amazing how something that is 2,300+ miles away can have an impact here. It just shows us about how big of an impact the wildfires have in our atmosphere. We then start to question, what can we do to stop the spreads of the wildfires. Its important that we take steps to reduce wildfires. Wildfires not only cause air pollution but also leave the local wildlife endangered and cause to our health too.
It is one thing for these forest fires to be happening, but it is incredibly alarming to see them get to a point where the smoke can be seen from all the way across the country. I remember driving home from Detroit awhile back and witnessing the haze in the sky. It was astonishing. I was genuinely at a loss for words. That is when I realized how big of a deal this is. The crisis of climate change in part with poor managing of our forests in the west have led to this, and it is sad to see. If anyone reading this is interested, I highly recommend looking in the Air Quality Index (AQI) across the country. It is interesting to see how it is changing across the country depending pollution levels, that includes smoke from forest fires.
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