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Heavy smoke rises from the Black Forest fire near Colorado Springs

The sky looked eerie Friday morning, due to drifting smoke from Colorado wild fires.

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Overnight winds from the southwest carried smoke from the forest fires into the skies. The morning sun shining through the smoke and soot gave the air an strange glow.

More than a dozen wildfires are burning across the Colorado Rockies, including a 15,000-acre fire in the Black Forest near Colorado Springs.

The smoke created a greenish or yellow-amber sky in North Platte, depending on who you talked to.

The odd color grew more distinct towards mid-morning and left some lingering effects.

Walking into a building with fluorescent lighting gave the impression that objects inside were blue, until the eyes adjusted.

Walking back outside, the glow in the air seemed intense for a minute or two. Headlights on vehicles appeared blue.

A woman at a coffee shop said she walked inside, and the bluish light it made her feel a little cold.

A man at the courthouse said he felt a little light headed for a few seconds after entering the building.

A lady standing at the Department of Motor Vehicles counter said the change of hue made the hallway look like a long tunnel for a few seconds.

By noon, the high smoke had cleared and the sun shone through.

Coincidentally, this weekend is another phenomenon in the skies, when the moon reaches its nearest point to earth.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the moon aligns with both the earth and sun. The event is called the apogee, or commonly, the super-moon.

If Colorado smoke reappears, the combination could have some eerie effects.

The perigee moon will peak Sunday, June 23, reaching its closest point to the earth shortly after 6 p.m. It is expected to shine brightly after sunset.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/21/2013
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