Why Is It So Hazy In The Morning?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - You might notice in the early mornings after sunrise when it's clear outside that the sky had more of a white, hazy look to it than the usual blue skies.

While some of the haze is indeed due to manmade pollutants, a white, milky haze is sometimes due to a more natural cause: salt.

On days where we get a light westerly breeze overnight, it might not be strong enough to blow in the usual marine clouds that hang out along the coast, but it can blow in some of the salty air resulting from being over the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean.

The salt tends to reflect the light and make a white, milky haze as opposed to the brownish haze of human air pollution.

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