TRENTON, NJ — The effects of the massive western wildfires have reached New Jersey —in the form of hazy skies that are expected to dim the sun and keep temperatures a bit cooler through today.

Transported by the jet stream, the smoke is sitting about five miles above the ground and causing the atmopheric condition, according to the National Weather Service. It predicts a gradual clearing of the smoke as upper-level winds change direction in the next several days.

Meanwhile, the milky-white sky gave a somewhat eerie look to yesterday’s sun at dusk, as these snapshots above from photographer Paul Spennrath show. He even caught an interesting juxtaposition of the setting sun with two squirrel figurines from a window inside his Belmar home — a harbinger of Halloween?

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