By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer

BOSTON (CBS) — I’m sure you have all been following those horrible fires out in California. The images out of places like Paradise and Malibu have been unreal. Reports on Monday have more than 6,000 homes destroyed and hundreds of folks unaccounted for.

A man watches as the Woolsey Fire reaches the ocean along Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) near Malibu, California, November 9, 2018. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Unfortunately wildfires are a part of life out in Southern California. The area is so dry, the smallest spark can start a raging inferno. . . and this time of year, the Santa Ana winds, which howl through the mountains and into the Coastal Plain, keep the fires moving at a pace firefighters can’t keep up with.

The fires can even be seen on our satellite imagery. . . giant plumes of smoke rising from the West Coast and then getting picked up by the Jetstream and carried east.


You may have read that some of the smoke from the fires would be visible over New England today.

Given the current configuration of the upper level winds over the United States, theoretically this is not impossible. However, the smoke has a long way to travel, and it is also passing through a storm system in the Midwest.


So it would likely be hard to differentiate between some high clouds arriving today from the impending Tuesday storm and some potential smoke (haze) mixed in from the California fires. Either way, it gives you an idea of just how massive those fires are and a reminder to keep those victims and firefighters in your hearts and minds this week as they continue to battle and recover out west.

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Comments (22)
  1. “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

    1. Amen to that, Alan, you’re right on the money there!

  2. Merle Fallon says:

    Is it too much to ask for these west coast firemen to get a handle on this thing? Criminey, now I gotta breathe in the results of their professional failure?

  3. Thanks Democratization cut the beautiful children. Right?

  4. Donny Dingle says:

    Smoke plumes extending to the East Coast!!?? LOL. I don’t think so. Some ash make make it that far but smoke plumes – NO.

  5. LOL….and pig’s fly out of Moochbacca’s big butt.
    But I would relish the scent of cooked Californians in the air.
    It would be like my Birthday every day.

  6. Emoh Nur says:

    Here’s a little hint for all the people wearing those paper air filters: You have to squeeze the little aluminum bar that is laminated to the top of the mask to fit the profile of your nose that is mounted on your head that houses your brain that doesn’t know enough to tell you the obvious.

  7. Are this on Drudge. Left for for more real California news.

  8. always making a story about the East Coast.

    1. (Doesn’t realize it’s a Boston television station, about right for a Drudge reader)

      1. Andrew Moore says:

        Drudge readers don’t watch liberal TV stations.

  9. Philip Davison says:

    Just another devastating contribution from californication to the rest of the country..

  10. Dave Fay says:

    More News Media “Panic”. In reality, it just means that if you live outside of CA, you will have slightly more spectacular sunsets for a while.

  11. Thank you Mr Moonbeam for the Largest Carbon footprint in US history. Manage your forests and the homeless people who started the fire you MORON

  12. Zak Watson says:


    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

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