An orange blanket hangs outside

United States
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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@TheHorse (112983)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Sep
We still have a brown sky here in California, though I CAN see some muted shadows as I write. Oregon was worse.
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• United States
12 Sep
I am sure that it's not nearly as bad here as it is in other places, but I can hardly breathe outside. :-( It is so eerie. It's supposed to worsen tomorrow, as forecast.
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@TheHorse (112983)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Sep
@TheSojourner I just went outside. The smell of smoke is pretty intense. We need RAIN in the Western states.
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• United States
12 Sep
@TheHorse That is for sure!! Anyone that thinks that it rains all the time up here has no idea.
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@DocAndersen (27894)
• United States
12 Sep
that smoke is so bad. stay indoors! it looks terrible up and down the coast!
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• United States
12 Sep
We need some relief here. Everyone complains about rain, but we haven't had it. Dry grasses, higher temps, carelessness, fires.
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@DocAndersen (27894)
• United States
13 Sep
@TheSojourner looks like there is a storm in the pacific headed your way with rain. Hopefull enough.
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• United States
13 Sep
@DocAndersen I saw the forecast for our area yesterday and I think it said Wednesday we were supposed to get some showers, but about 40% chance. That may have changed already. I hope it's a downpour for a few days!
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• Sonora, California
12 Sep
Praying that the West Coast gets a good soaking rain. It's horrible here too...
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• United States
12 Sep
We need it all the way from San Diego to up here in WA. Stay safe, Michelle.
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• Sonora, California
12 Sep
@TheSojourner Yes we do, I am, you too...
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• United States
12 Sep
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@much2say (43645)
• United States
12 Sep
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.
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• United States
12 Sep
I wish I had purifier. Be safe.
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@much2say (43645)
• United States
13 Sep
@TheSojourner You too !
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• United States
13 Sep
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@paigea (29999)
• Canada
12 Sep
Hopefully, rain comes soon. Bad all the way to the BC coast.
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• United States
12 Sep
I have wondered how far north it has gone...
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@paigea (29999)
• Canada
12 Sep
@TheSojourner scarey times.
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• United States
12 Sep
@paigea Yes, that they are.
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@LadyDuck (302453)
• Switzerland
13 Sep
Do you also get smoke from California and Oregon? I know how bad it is, we had a serious wildfires in the South of France while we lived there.
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• United States
13 Sep
Yes, this is an atmospheric thing that also happens when there's severe fires.
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@LadyDuck (302453)
• Switzerland
13 Sep
@TheSojourner I remember that we had ashes even inside the apartment, not funny.
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@Corbin5 (202868)
• United States
13 Sep
Rain would be welcomed by all affected by those fires and the smoke they produce.
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• United States
13 Sep
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@Torunn (6992)
• Norway
13 Sep
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.
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• United States
13 Sep
I was really unable to go outside today. Of course, I took the dog out but was only out for as long as she did her business. The air quality is so bad that it's not good to breathe out there.
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@Torunn (6992)
• Norway
13 Sep
@TheSojourner That must be very annoying. How far away are the fires? We smelled the ones in Sweden some years ago, but too far away to be problematic.
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• United States
13 Sep
@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..
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@ptrikha_2 (25628)
• India
13 Sep
First Covid-19. Then this pollution aggravating problem. Perhaps it is time to have more trees and vegetation to help reduce the forest fires by increasing the moisture levels in the soil. Or is there some other solution?
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• United States
13 Sep
There are some scientists that think it's too late. That we cannot reverse the damage.
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@ptrikha_2 (25628)
• India
13 Sep
@TheSojourner That means that we are in for some very tough years ahead.
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@ptrikha_2 (25628)
• India
14 Sep
@TheSojourner I also feel that the world would transform to something very different from what we have been used to.
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@sallypup (40496)
• Moses Lake, Washington
12 Sep
Its like a fog over here. I'm sorry for all you folks.
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• United States
12 Sep
Here, too. I'm trying to limit time Honey and I both are outside. Hugs to you both, and to the critters. Be safe!
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@sallypup (40496)
• Moses Lake, Washington
12 Sep
@TheSojourner Thanks. Hubby wants to do some heeling work with the pups this afternoon. The dingbat.
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• United States
12 Sep
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@Hannihar (101917)
• Israel
13 Sep
@TheSojourner That must be hard for the both of you? Just take care and hope you are safe.
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• United States
13 Sep
It is a bit difficult to breathe right now. I hope we get rain which will set along that down. But we're not due to get any for a while.
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@Hannihar (101917)
• Israel
13 Sep
@TheSojourner I am so so sorry that it is hard to breathe right now. Smoke is horrible and gives one that effect.
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• United States
13 Sep
@Hannihar thank you
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@amadeo (113598)
• United States
12 Sep
we are in the same boat.No rain just some rain drops.
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• United States
12 Sep
You have bad fires there, too??
@amadeo (113598)
• United States
16 Sep
@TheSojourner No we do not.Right now what we need is rain.We are drying up
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• United States
16 Sep
@amadeo yes, the dryness is what started the problems here on the West Coast. Then it all just snowballs, no pun intended
@popciclecold (12838)
• United States
13 Sep
I have friends, who lives by the fires, she told me it's awful there. I am praying for rain.
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• United States
13 Sep
Thank you, we all need it.
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@marguicha (159956)
• Chile
13 Sep
That smoke won´t help Honey much with her heart problems
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• United States
13 Sep
I understand completely.
@snowy22315 (97851)
• United States
13 Sep
I have seen many pictures of the smoky skies out there, and I do feel for you guys. I hope it improves soon.
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• United States
13 Sep
It's bad up here, but I'm thinking that in California it's horrid.
@LindaOHio (46767)
• United States
13 Sep
I keep praying for cooler temps and some substantial rain in CA and beyond. Stay safe.
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• United States
13 Sep
We all really need it.
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@jstory07 (94551)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Sep
It is suppose to start raining here Monday so I hope that will put out all of the fires here.
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• United States
13 Sep
I hope it starts to rain period we certainly need it. The forecast I saw showed us not getting any anything until Wednesday, but I'm hoping they're wrong and that it comes earlier!
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@wolfgirl569 (32631)
• Marion, Ohio
13 Sep
Hope you all get rain very soon. It is badly needed to help with the fires.
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• United States
13 Sep
Thanks. It is so needed.
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@JudyEv (222369)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Sep
It's amazing sometimes how far the smoke travels.
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• United States
13 Sep
I understand.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
12 Sep
Such a sad time in the area of those tragic fires. Stay inside and safe.
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• United States
12 Sep
Thanks, Carol.
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