What happened to your radio station? The signal could be affected by smoke from Nova Scotia wildfires

Smoke from the Nova Scotia wildfires could be affecting the signal of your favorite radio station. This is why.

News 12 Staff

May 31, 2023, 11:48 AM

Updated 359 days ago

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Did you notice that your radio station is playing something different this morning?
This could be due to the smoke from the Nova Scotia wildfires!
"It's rare but it happens," says Storm Watch Team Meteorologist Allan Nosoff.
According to Nosoff, the smoke is causing radio waves to bounce back to the ground instead of beaming out to space.
That, combined with temperature inversion (warmer air trapped above cooler air) helps the radio waves bounce hundreds of miles.
Nosoff caught the occurrence this morning outside the News 12 Long Island studios in Bethpage, New York, where Long Island's radio station WBLI was replaced by Rumba 106.1 Philadelphia. Watch the video below:
Toward the East End, Philadelphia's 105.3 WDAS made listening to Party 105.3 difficult.
In these conditions, normally empty frequencies have other radio stations from far away. This morning, car radios picked up several radio stations over 300 miles away from Richmond, Virginia.


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