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Western wildfires blamed for smokey clouds high above Long Island

A surfer rides a wave in Long Beach,

A surfer rides a wave in Long Beach, Monday Sept. 14, 2020. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Question: What’s yellow, brown and tinged all over?

Answer: Some of the clouds high above Long Island and elsewhere in the metropolitan area — because smoke from the West Coast wildfires has drifted east, according to the National Weather Service.

The smoky clouds are at 25,000 feet, and won’t be here for long, according to weather service metrologist Joe Pollina.

"The winds are relatively fast," he said.

Meanwhile, in surfing news, what might be great for surfers is dangerous for everyone else — according to the weather service, which issued a high surf advisory for the South Shore from Queens to eastern Suffolk, in effect through 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The weather service has also issued a small craft advisory for all Long Island waters, including the Sound, until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Clearing skies are in the forecast with sunny and mostly sunny skies on tap through Thursday night, when forecasters said showers are possible.

We’re slated for rain Friday.

A high surf advisory means dangerous waves — in this case large, breaking waves of 6-9 feet — are expected, as well as an increased risk of dangerous, potentially deadly rip currents.

Risks don’t just include the surf, but also jetties, the weather service said.

In its advisory, the weather service warned:

"Life-threatening rip currents are likely for all people entering the surf zone. Anyone visiting the beaches should stay out of the surf. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions. Avoid venturing too close to the surf. Large breaking waves can send rushing water high onto the sand, easily knocking an individual off their feet and into a turbulent and unrelenting surf zone. Structures such as piers and jetties will be particularly treacherous due to unpredictable ocean currents interacting with these structures."

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