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Ash and moisture across the Portland metro region made for dirty windshields.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Cars across the Portland metro area were covered in ash Wednesday morning. Residents in West Linn and across the Portland Metro area awoke Wednesday morning, Sept. 8, to find their cars a bit dirtier than they remembered leaving them the day before.

On the West Linn Community Page on Facebook, residents began talking about the smudgy specks around 8 a.m., with several lamenting the fact that they had just washed their cars.

Several local meteorologists, including the Portland branch of the National Weather Service, took to Twitter Wednesday morning to explain that the dirty windshields were due to smoke particles in the air mixing with moisture.

"That coat of black / gray sludge on your car this morning is the result of smoke particles in the upper levels in the atmosphere being carried down to the ground during last night's brief light rain," KOIN6 News Meteorologist Steve Pierce tweeted. "Car washes will be busy today!"


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