HONOLULU (AP) - Vog -- or volcanic smog -- emanating from erupting Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island blanketed Oahu, 200 miles to the northwest, today.
The state Department of Health says the volcanic haze was carried by Kona wind conditions, which are normal for this time of year.
Lisa Young is an environmental health specialist with the department's Clean Air Branch.
She described the vog this morning in Honolulu as "quite heavy." The department issued a no-burn notice to farmers on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island who have permits to burn agricultural waste.
The vog will remain until the tradewinds return, which the National Weather Service predicts will be Thursday.
Vog is formed when sulfur dioxide gas reacts with sunlight, oxygen, dust particles and water.
According to Wikipedia:
The Tyndall effect, also known as Tyndall scattering, is light scattering by particles in a colloid or else particles in a very fine suspension. It is named after the 19th-century physicist John Tyndall.