The hazy skies over Joliet and beyond have little to do with any weather system. The last few days we’ve had winds out of the southwest that has brought us a lot of cloud cover and rain, but those winds have shifted to the northwest. We have drier air at the lower levels but also some smoke at 10 to 15,000 feet above. Our staff meteorologist Rick DiMiao says we can blame Canada. Smoke from wildfires in eastern Manitoba and western Ontario.

The up side, this evening’s sunshine will be likely be one of the most brilliant we’ve seen in some time.