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Why is it so smoky outside?

According to the National Weather Service, southwest winds brought in smoke and dust from wildfires in Kansas.

DES MOINES, Iowa — After unprecedented storms rolled through central Iowa Wednesday, Iowans were left to wonder why there is a smell of smoke and hazy look outside. 

The smell of smoke seemed to fill the air just after the worst of the storms passed. According to the National Weather Service of Des Moines, Kansas may be to blame. 

The strong winds that passed through the Hawkeye State carried smoke and dust from wildfires happening in Kansas. This is leading to a temporary reduction in air quality, too.

The NWS advises everyone to remain inside overnight due to the poor air quality. 

It's likely the dust and smoke will mix out of the atmosphere during the day Thursday, but some reduced visibility is possible early in the morning. 

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