South Park said it well with their song “Blame Canada,” but our automated weather observations across New England yesterday were being a bit more crass. Here’s a couple hours of observations from New Bedford, MA.
KEWB 311553Z 15011KT 5SM FU CLR 23/08 A3005 RMK AO2 SLP176 T02280078=
KEWB 311653Z 16008KT 5SM FU CLR 23/07 A3005 RMK AO2 SLP176 T02330072=
KEWB 311753Z 17009KT 3SM FU CLR 23/08 A3004 RMK AO2 SLP173 T02280078 10239 20200 58005=
KEWB 311853Z 15011KT 3SM FU CLR 22/07 A3004 RMK AO2 SLP171 T02220072=
KEWB 311953Z 14009KT 2SM FU CLR 22/07 A3004 RMK AO2 SLP171 T02220072=
KEWB 312053Z 18011KT 2SM FU CLR 22/07 A3004 RMK AO2 SLP171 T02170067 56003=
KEWB 312153Z 18008KT 2SM FU CLR 21/04 A3003 RMK AO2 SLP167 T02060039=
KEWB 312251Z 21007KT 180V320 5SM FU CLR 19/07 A3002 RMK AO2=
It's not every day an airport weather station says "FU" but yesterday mother nature was giving us the middle finger, so to speak, thanks to thick smoke from wildfires in Quebec.
The smoke moved south and got trapped in eastern New England where it was particularly bad around Boston and Cape Cod Sunday afternoon. Winds have shifted to the southwest which has blown the smoke out of the area. If the fires continue north of the St Lawrence Seaway it's possible that we may have more smoke problems over the coming weeks.
Why FU? "FU" is the weather abbreviation for smoke. FU is short for "fumee" or the French word for smoke.