It was mostly clear straight overhead, but the lower-hanging smoke muffled the sun, which isn't such a bad thing in the short run. Temperatures are still staying under 40°C at peak.
There are mountains — pretty big ones, as some of you may recall — over there behind that curtain of smoke. As usual, click through these photos to see some others.
I've heard some people (notably Keith Olbermann) say that the smoke blanketing New York and the northeastern US is coming from the fires here in California, but the way I read the satellite maps, it's mostly a whole bunch of wildfires in Canada — which are getting almost no coverage from the USA that I've noticed — that are producing that particular batch of smoke. Not that it matters. Why anyone would feel nationalistic about wildfires is beyond me.
I'm mostly staying indoors, although as I have to open windows at night to cool the house down, I'm still getting smoke. When I go outdoors, I'm masking up, even on our own property, using cloth masks soaked with water to reduce the smoke.