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Massive smoke clouds, thick air darken Western US skies

거대한 연기 구름으로 미국 서부 하늘 어두워졌다

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Amy Scott of San Francisco takes in the view from the Embarcadero as smoke from various wildfires burning across Northern California mixes with the marine layer, blanketing San Francisco in darkness and an orange glow on September 9, 2020 in San Francisco, California. /AFP
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Amy Scott of San Francisco takes in the view from the Embarcadero as smoke from various wildfires burning across Northern California mixes with the marine layer, blanketing San Francisco in darkness and an orange glow on September 9, 2020 in San Francisco, California. /AFP
The San Francisco Bay Bridge and city skyline are obscured in orange smoke and haze as their seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. - More than 300,000 acres are burning across the northwestern state including 35 major wildfires, with at least five towns 'substantially destroyed' and mass evacuations taking place. /AFP
The San Francisco Bay Bridge and city skyline are obscured in orange smoke and haze as their seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. - More than 300,000 acres are burning across the northwestern state including 35 major wildfires, with at least five towns 'substantially destroyed' and mass evacuations taking place. /AFP
[코리아타임스 영어뉴스로 '진짜 외신' 읽기]


People from San Francisco to Seattle woke Wednesday to hazy clouds of smoke lingering in the air all thanks to dozens of wildfires throughout the West.

미국 서부에서 발생한 수십 건의 산불로 인해 샌프란시스코에서 시애틀까지의 주민들은 허공에 흩날리는 뿌연 연기구름에 수요일 잠에서 깼다.


"It's after 9 a.m. and there's still no sign of the sun," the California Highway Patrol's Golden Gate division tweeted, urging drivers to turn on their headlights and slow down.

캘리포니아 고속도로 순찰대의 골든게이트 관할 부서는 "오전 9시가 지났는데 해가 보이지 않는다"라고 트위터에 글을 올리며 운전자들로 하여금 전조등(헤드라이트)을 키고 속도를 줄이도록 했다.


Social media was filled with photos of the unusual sky and many people complained their cellphone cameras weren't accurately capturing the golden hues.

소셜미디어는 특이한 하늘 사진들로 도배되었으며 많은 사람들은 자신들의 휴대전화 카메라가 황금빛 색조를 정확하게 담아내지 못한다고 불평했다.


Despite the foreboding skies, there was little scent of smoke and the air quality index did not reach unhealthy levels. That's because fog drifting from the Pacific Ocean was sandwiched between the smoke and surface. Meanwhile, smoke particles above the marine layer were only allowing yellow-orange-red light to reach the surface, said Ralph Borrmann, a spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

불길한 하늘에도 연기 냄새는 거의 나지 않았고 대기질지수도 건강에 해로운 수준까지 오르진 않았다. 태평양에서 표류하는 안개가 연기와 대지(지표면) 사이에 끼어 있었기 때문이다. 랄프 볼먼 베이지역 대기환경청(BAAQMD) 대변인은 "해양 대기층 위 연기 입자가 노랑-주황-빨강 빛만 지표면에 도달하게 했다"고 말했다.


"This time, strong winds from the north and northeast pushed smoke from devastating wildfires in Oregon and Washington state into lower elevations," said Roger Gass, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Bay Area.

베이지역 국립기상청의 기상학자 로저 개스는 "이번에 북쪽과 북동쪽에서 강한 바람이 불어 오리건 주와 워싱턴 주의 파괴적인 산불로 인한 연기가 더 낮은 고도로 내려왔다"고 설명했다.


"The sheer amount of smoke, the multiple layers of smoke above us in the atmosphere are combining to darken our sky," he added.

그는 "엄청난 양의 연기, 대기 중에 있는 여러 층의 연기가 결합하여 우리의 하늘을 어둡게 하고 있다"고 덧붙였다.


Air quality warnings were issued throughout the Pacific Northwest, and people in communities from southern Oregon to north of Seattle have seen blood-red skies and choking smoke.

태평양과 맞닿은 미 북서부 전역에 대기오염경보가 발령되었고, 오리건주 남부에서 시애틀 북부에 이르는 지역 주민들은 핏빛의 붉은 하늘과 숨 막히는 연기를 목격했다.


Gass said winds coming from the Pacific Ocean will likely continue to push the smoke across the West, worsening air quality. (AP)

기상학자 개스는 태평양에서 불어오는 바람이 계속해서 연기를 서부 전역으로 밀어내면서 대기 질이 악화될 것이라고 언급했다.

A view of the Painted Ladies, the iconic row of historical Victorian homes with a downtown backdrop, under orange overcast sky in the afternoon in San Francisco, California, USA, 09 September 2020. California wildfire smoke high in the atmosphere over the San Francisco Bay Area blocked the sunlight and turned the sky a dark orange and yellow shade for most of the day. /EPA
A view of the Painted Ladies, the iconic row of historical Victorian homes with a downtown backdrop, under orange overcast sky in the afternoon in San Francisco, California, USA, 09 September 2020. California wildfire smoke high in the atmosphere over the San Francisco Bay Area blocked the sunlight and turned the sky a dark orange and yellow shade for most of the day. /EPA
A pedestrian light illuminates a crosswalk on California Street over an orange overcast sky in the afternoon in San Francisco, California, USA, 09 September 2020. California wildfire smoke high in the atmosphere over the San Francisco Bay Area blocked the sunlight and turned the sky a dark orange and yellow shade for most of the day. /EPA
A pedestrian light illuminates a crosswalk on California Street over an orange overcast sky in the afternoon in San Francisco, California, USA, 09 September 2020. California wildfire smoke high in the atmosphere over the San Francisco Bay Area blocked the sunlight and turned the sky a dark orange and yellow shade for most of the day. /EPA
The San Francisco skyline is obscured in orange smoke and haze as their seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. /AFP
The San Francisco skyline is obscured in orange smoke and haze as their seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. /AFP
Cars drive along the San Francisco Bay Bridge under an orange smoke filled sky in San Francisco San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. /AFP
Cars drive along the San Francisco Bay Bridge under an orange smoke filled sky in San Francisco San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. /AFP
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Amy Scott of San Francisco takes in the view from the Embarcadero as smoke from various wildfires burning across Northern California mixes with the marine layer, blanketing San Francisco in darkness and an orange glow on September 9, 2020 in San Francisco, California. /AFP
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Amy Scott of San Francisco takes in the view from the Embarcadero as smoke from various wildfires burning across Northern California mixes with the marine layer, blanketing San Francisco in darkness and an orange glow on September 9, 2020 in San Francisco, California. /AFP
The San Francisco Bay Bridge and city skyline are obscured in orange smoke and haze as their seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. - More than 300,000 acres are burning across the northwestern state including 35 major wildfires, with at least five towns 'substantially destroyed' and mass evacuations taking place. /AFP
The San Francisco Bay Bridge and city skyline are obscured in orange smoke and haze as their seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. - More than 300,000 acres are burning across the northwestern state including 35 major wildfires, with at least five towns 'substantially destroyed' and mass evacuations taking place. /AFP
[코리아타임스 영어뉴스로 '진짜 외신' 읽기]


People from San Francisco to Seattle woke Wednesday to hazy clouds of smoke lingering in the air all thanks to dozens of wildfires throughout the West.

미국 서부에서 발생한 수십 건의 산불로 인해 샌프란시스코에서 시애틀까지의 주민들은 허공에 흩날리는 뿌연 연기구름에 수요일 잠에서 깼다.


"It's after 9 a.m. and there's still no sign of the sun," the California Highway Patrol's Golden Gate division tweeted, urging drivers to turn on their headlights and slow down.

캘리포니아 고속도로 순찰대의 골든게이트 관할 부서는 "오전 9시가 지났는데 해가 보이지 않는다"라고 트위터에 글을 올리며 운전자들로 하여금 전조등(헤드라이트)을 키고 속도를 줄이도록 했다.


Social media was filled with photos of the unusual sky and many people complained their cellphone cameras weren't accurately capturing the golden hues.

소셜미디어는 특이한 하늘 사진들로 도배되었으며 많은 사람들은 자신들의 휴대전화 카메라가 황금빛 색조를 정확하게 담아내지 못한다고 불평했다.


Despite the foreboding skies, there was little scent of smoke and the air quality index did not reach unhealthy levels. That's because fog drifting from the Pacific Ocean was sandwiched between the smoke and surface. Meanwhile, smoke particles above the marine layer were only allowing yellow-orange-red light to reach the surface, said Ralph Borrmann, a spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

불길한 하늘에도 연기 냄새는 거의 나지 않았고 대기질지수도 건강에 해로운 수준까지 오르진 않았다. 태평양에서 표류하는 안개가 연기와 대지(지표면) 사이에 끼어 있었기 때문이다. 랄프 볼먼 베이지역 대기환경청(BAAQMD) 대변인은 "해양 대기층 위 연기 입자가 노랑-주황-빨강 빛만 지표면에 도달하게 했다"고 말했다.


"This time, strong winds from the north and northeast pushed smoke from devastating wildfires in Oregon and Washington state into lower elevations," said Roger Gass, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Bay Area.

베이지역 국립기상청의 기상학자 로저 개스는 "이번에 북쪽과 북동쪽에서 강한 바람이 불어 오리건 주와 워싱턴 주의 파괴적인 산불로 인한 연기가 더 낮은 고도로 내려왔다"고 설명했다.


"The sheer amount of smoke, the multiple layers of smoke above us in the atmosphere are combining to darken our sky," he added.

그는 "엄청난 양의 연기, 대기 중에 있는 여러 층의 연기가 결합하여 우리의 하늘을 어둡게 하고 있다"고 덧붙였다.


Air quality warnings were issued throughout the Pacific Northwest, and people in communities from southern Oregon to north of Seattle have seen blood-red skies and choking smoke.

태평양과 맞닿은 미 북서부 전역에 대기오염경보가 발령되었고, 오리건주 남부에서 시애틀 북부에 이르는 지역 주민들은 핏빛의 붉은 하늘과 숨 막히는 연기를 목격했다.


Gass said winds coming from the Pacific Ocean will likely continue to push the smoke across the West, worsening air quality. (AP)

기상학자 개스는 태평양에서 불어오는 바람이 계속해서 연기를 서부 전역으로 밀어내면서 대기 질이 악화될 것이라고 언급했다.

A view of the Painted Ladies, the iconic row of historical Victorian homes with a downtown backdrop, under orange overcast sky in the afternoon in San Francisco, California, USA, 09 September 2020. California wildfire smoke high in the atmosphere over the San Francisco Bay Area blocked the sunlight and turned the sky a dark orange and yellow shade for most of the day. /EPA
A view of the Painted Ladies, the iconic row of historical Victorian homes with a downtown backdrop, under orange overcast sky in the afternoon in San Francisco, California, USA, 09 September 2020. California wildfire smoke high in the atmosphere over the San Francisco Bay Area blocked the sunlight and turned the sky a dark orange and yellow shade for most of the day. /EPA
A pedestrian light illuminates a crosswalk on California Street over an orange overcast sky in the afternoon in San Francisco, California, USA, 09 September 2020. California wildfire smoke high in the atmosphere over the San Francisco Bay Area blocked the sunlight and turned the sky a dark orange and yellow shade for most of the day. /EPA
A pedestrian light illuminates a crosswalk on California Street over an orange overcast sky in the afternoon in San Francisco, California, USA, 09 September 2020. California wildfire smoke high in the atmosphere over the San Francisco Bay Area blocked the sunlight and turned the sky a dark orange and yellow shade for most of the day. /EPA
The San Francisco skyline is obscured in orange smoke and haze as their seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. /AFP
The San Francisco skyline is obscured in orange smoke and haze as their seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. /AFP
Cars drive along the San Francisco Bay Bridge under an orange smoke filled sky in San Francisco San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. /AFP
Cars drive along the San Francisco Bay Bridge under an orange smoke filled sky in San Francisco San Francisco, California on September 9, 2020. /AFP
코리아타임스위클리 - 지미홍 편집장
"시사와 영어를 한 번에"
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※뉴스 영어 퀴즈 질의응답 오픈카톡방 OPEN※
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Hong Ji-min jiminhong@koreatimes.co.kr


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