No, you’re not imagining things — this year really is worse than most when it comes to the smoky skies surrounding Calgary.
The only year that has 2018 “beat” for most hours of smoke is — surprise — 2017, when the city saw 321 smoky hours between January 1 and December 31.
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According to the YYC Weather Records Twitter account, Calgary just saw its 311th hour, meaning that if the smoke continues uninterrupted we’ll have broken 2017’s record by 7 pm today.
8am today was #Calgary‘s 311th smoky hour so far this year, which puts us in 2nd place for most ever. If the smoke continues uninterrupted, we will break the all time record today at 7pm. #YYCWx #ABStorm pic.twitter.com/kvGmGWCmcP
— YYC Weather Records (@YYC_Weather) August 20, 2018
While it’s no cause for celebration, we can hope that the immense amount of smoke this year means that 2019 will be a bit clearer than this summer has been so far.
The smoke is expected to dissipate eventually, as Environment Canada lifted their six-day-long special air quality statement over the weekend and forecasts clear (and sunny) skies on Wednesday.
But, until that time, Calgarians can expect a few showers this morning, a mix of sun and haze today and tomorrow, and some rain by the end of the week.