An orange blanket hangs outside
September 12, 2020 2:30pm CST
It is only 59F/15C today. It is not because there is no sun, as we have had beautifully warm, late-summer days lately. But, the temperature has dropped, and the orange smokiness hangs like a heavy blanket in the outside air. With all of the wildfires here on the west coast of the United States, and the wind and weather patterns of the atmosphere carrying the smoke into the area, we have this eerie reminder of the fires miles away. The air pollution can become problematic. Honey and I have gone out to try to get a short walk, but it is rather difficult to breathe, even when I wear a mask to filter some of the smoke. My eyes burn and tear up. I know that Honey must be miserable trying to deal with it, as well. What we need is a good rain here to clear the air. The forecast says that next week, Wednesday through Saturday, we might have some scattered showers and a thunderstorm come through. We really need some moisture. Photo credit: Pixabay. This photo is not my own, but it is indicative of how the smoke hangs in the air. The evening sun is brighter orange than this photo shows.
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• United States
We need that rain . . . but I keep looking in the forecast and it doesn't seem we will get it (unless things change . . . things change on a dime sometimes lately). We have the pinkish gray . . . sometimes you can see that orange sun. The smoke smell is there, but not bothering us - yet. We're indoors all day here with the air purifier on - thank goodness it is way cooler.
I see those posts from other parts of the world about wanting rain, and think that it's a pity I can't send you some. As usual, we have enough rain. There's been some dry summers, but the autumn have never failed. Today it's just annoying, 'cause I'm going to a riding competition and the weather forecast didn't say rain until yesterday evening. It might stop til I'm going there though, as it started several hours too early.
• United States
@Torunn I think that the fires in Washington have been pretty much contained but they were about 50 MI from me which I think is about 80km. But with all the smoke in the atmosphere from all the way down in California up through Oregon and the fires here also in Washington the atmospheric issue with all of the smoke and all of the weather patterns bringing it here it's all the way up and down the whole western coast and into Canada..