WJHL Storm Team Meteorologist Nathan Scott said the haze can be tracked to a dust storm in Oklahoma
"I have been getting a lot of questions today as why the mountains are disappearing in a 'haze' around the region. Well, here is the answer.
"Using meteorology, we can use the pattern of the upper level winds to trace the dust back to Oklahoma!
"So, simple explanation: Oklahoma had a dust storm yesterday around Tulsa, the dust flowed with the upper level winds into Mississippi, Alabama, and now into Tennessee. It will probably travel into Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland."
The Greeneville Sun thanks Scott and WJHL New Channel 11 for sharing this information.
The photo gallery that accompanies this story shows how the dust has obscured the local mountain view. Photos taken near River Hill United Methodist Church in rural south Greene County faintly show the mountain, while two pictures taken from Takoma Regional Hospital just barely show the mountain outline.