Your eyes haven't been playing tricks on you. The skies here on the SouthCoast have been filled with smoke that has traveled clear across the country from the devastating wildfires in places like California, Oregon and Washington all the way to our backdoor.

Luckily, though, ABC 6 Meteorologist Chelsea Priest told us that even though the smoke is visible, it is too high to have an effect on our air quality here on the SouthCoast.

Listen to our full chat with Chelsea Priest:

The first time I noticed the smoke was Monday morning. I was traveling to Dartmouth on 195. In the distance, I noticed smoke hovering above the Faunce Corner Road exit. Huh, I thought, it looks like there's a fire in Dartmouth. When I arrived at the exit, the smoke appeared to clear. I looked in my rearview mirror, however, and noticed it behind me. I shrugged it off and didn't think much about it.

That is, until last night. That's when I noticed the funky sunset. The sun looked like it was in pain. It reminded me of a dying sun viewed from a distant planet in a superhero movie.

Michael Rock/Townsquare Media
Michael Rock/Townsquare Media

Chelsea told us that yesterday, for example, her forecast was for blue skies all day long. When the skies were overcast and hazy, it wasn't because the meteorologist blew the forecast.

"It truly wasn't," Chelsea laughed. Remarkably, those hazy skies were because of the out of control wildfires in the western states.

Chelsea's forecast today calls for "kind of smoky outside, with some light smoke moving in all the way from the west coast."

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