Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

South Florida Haze May Be from Central America Fires

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

South Florida Haze May Be from Central America Fires

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WEST PALM BEACH -- A milky haze that recently enveloped South Florida, putting an ashy taste to the air, had forecasters wondering about its source. Was it smoke from Central Florida brush fires, or did it blow in from forest blazes in Guatemala?

It actually was a little of both and the proof is in the satellite photos.

National Weather Service forecasters in Miami said hazy skies on Monday and Tuesday were the result of smoke from a 2,000-acre fire in Lake County, west of Orlando.

"We had all those fires in Lake and the wind was coming from the north, so the smoke had to be coming from there," said meteorologist Bernard Esposito.

But forecasters with the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., said they think much of the smoky haze came from 100 miles of burning farmland in Guatemala.

"This is indeed the proof here," meteorologist Alex Graumann said as he viewed Internet satellite photos of a huge plume of smoke that stretched northeast from Guatemala to Florida's tip on Monday. …

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