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Why was the West Coast sky bright orange? This week we break down the Mars-like haze and how climate change is involved. #orangesky #climatechange #wildfires
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Credits:
Executive Producers:
George Zaidan
Hilary Hudson

Producers:
Elaine Seward
Andrew Sobey

Writer/Host:
Samantha Jones, PhD

Scientific consultants:
Lelia Duman, PhD
Peter Kalmus, PhD
Mark Marley, PhD
Brianne Raccor, PhD
Sanaz Vahidinia, PhD

Still Photos:
San Francisco Bay at noon on 9/9 by Aaron Maizlish
https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/50325666737/


The Day The Sun Didn't Rise by Christopher Michel
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Both licensed under CC BY 2.0
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Sources:
Those Orange Western Skies and the Science of Light
https://www.wired.com/story/those-orange-western-skies-and-the-science-of-light/

Why Is the Sky in California So Orange?
https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/weather/2020/09/11/why-is-the-sky-in-california-so-orange-

Orange, smoky skies and Bay Area air quality may not improve for days
https://abc7news.com/smoke-in-the-air-today-why-is-sky-orange-quality-index-oakland-bay-area/6414147/

Why is the sky changing colors? The science behind Oregon wildfires' apocalyptic sky
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/09/13/oregon-wildfire-sky-color-changes-beachie-creek-santiam/5788760002/

Why the sky turns orange after some storms
https://www.insidenova.com/news/local_weather/why-the-sky-turns-orange-after-some-storms/article_5df1276a-1a14-11e5-be66-3b164e932c8b.html

California wildfires: Smoke turns skies orange
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54096319

Chapter Two - Optical Properties of Semiconductor Nanowires: Insights into Band Structure and Carrier Dynamics
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0080878415000459

Rayleigh Scattering
http://site.physics.georgetown.edu/~vankeu/webtext2/Workspace/Rayleigh%20scattering/Rayleigh%20scattering.htm

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Trends
https://www.epa.gov/air-trends/particulate-matter-pm25-trends

The worst fire season ever. Again.
https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-fires-damage-climate-change-analysis/


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