visual effect of the smoke

This is a view to the north of the apartment. Note the mountains in the background:

(that's pit6steve in the foreground from his visit early this year)

I snapped this pic in the afternoon. Note that the mountains are obscured by smoke:

The wind picked up a bit in the afternoon and the sun shined though but got obscured again when the wind died. The schools will be closed tomorrow due to really bad air quality.