It was a long couple of days in elementary classrooms across the midwest. Just as the temperatures were warming up and the rains were stopping, children across the state of Nebraska had to stay inside for recess. In addition, on one of the days all afternoon outdoor athletic practices had been cancelled as well. Smoke from controlled burns in the state of Kansas had made their way north and had threatened the air quality for young children, older adults, and anyone with respiratory issues. To error on the side of safety, the area superintendents decided that children in the largest school districts in Nebraska had to remain inside.
Barely ten days later, many throughout the state of Nebraska woke up to a strange morning haze. Not quite fog, the haze was difficult to understand. As the day