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If you check the weather app on your phone (or these ancient devices some call “windows”), you might assume the weekend will be nothing but sunshine. But if you listened into the P. Gagnon & Son Shark Seacoast Forecast, you may have heard about an odd phenomenon lingering over parts of New England called a “Milky Haze.”

That’s right, I said “Milky Haze.” No, that’s not a song The Wiggles wrote after a show in Jamaica.

It’s actually residual smoke from high up in the atmosphere, originating as far west as California. And believe it or not, it could be visible in some areas for the entirety of the weekend.

You heard me, I said “Milky Haze.” No, that’s not Arby’s answer to the Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s the result of a brutal heat wave on the West Coast that came at the worst possible time: the region’s dry season, when wildfires pose a threat.

We’re talking about “Milky Haze.” No, that’s not a member of the '80s rap group The Fat Boys. And luckily for New Englanders, it will not only be brief but also harmless. According to the National Weather Service, it poses no threat to the public.

Those in California, however, aren’t nearly as fortunate and could use our help as the situation intensifies. If you’d like to contribute to those in need during West Coast wildfires, please consider donating to the California Fire Foundation or the American Red Cross. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eagles, No Doubt, The Steve Miller Band, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Journey, Santana, The Beach Boys, and countless others who’ve given us joy would be very grateful.

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