Haze Thins Out; Caused By Dust Plume From Oklahoma

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – The smoky haze still lingers over parts of the Tennessee Valley.  It’s been there most of the day, clogging up the sky and prompting many of you to ask what it’s from.

Many of you called and emailed WHNT News 19 newsroom, or asked us about the haze on Facebook.  It stretches from the Shoals, over Decatur, into Huntsville and then east to Marshall and DeKalb counties.

It was definitely noticeable coming over Cecil Ashburn Drive in Huntsville – you could see the haze ‘sitting’ on top of Hampton Cove, looking like a fog, according to one viewer.

Believe it or not, the haze is from a wind and dust storm that happened Thursday across Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.  The National Weather Service says the dust plume continues to work its way eastward, through the Tennessee Valley and lower Mississippi Valley.

It’s thinned out through the afternoon hours.  Most of the dust plume is concentrated below 5,000 feet.  Due to this, you’ve noticed the hazy conditions and in some spots, poor air quality. 

This should improve greatly by Friday evening, as the dust plume shifts to our east, according to the National Weather Service.

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