Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Smoky Skies

You've probably all read and heard about the fires in California. Lucky for us we are nowhere near them. But as it turns out that smoke does travel. On Tuesday we woke to lightly smoky skies. In the afternoon I looked out and saw this. It looks like a sunset sky, but it's not. It's the middle of the afternoon. Smoke and clouds sure do interesting things with the sun.

I had an entirely different post planned for today. I was going to write about the weather we've been having for the past few weeks. Stunning clear sunny days, starting with temps in the freezing range. The rooftops are laced in frost as are all the car windshields. The skies have been so clear we've been seeing Venus every morning shining so bright it literally sparkles. We've been doing our early morning walks wearing two layers of wool, flannel, gloves and hats before the sun has come up over the mountains. The Aleutian Cackling Geese have been flying over every morning, honking by the thousands. It's been going on for weeks. We stop and look up, wave to them and wish them a good journey. It's really quite a sound and sight. By afternoon, it's been so warm and sunny, we sit out on the little deck wearing tank tops and shorts. So Tuesday's smoky skies took us by surprise. We wonder how the geese feel about it. Crazy times here, crazy times.

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  1. Glad to hear that those fires are nowhere near you. Over here farmers used to burn off the stubble and unwanted straw after harvest and that did strange things with the light too. Geese are nothing if not belligerent and persistent so I expect they'll battle through.

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    1. John-- It's a wild time here in California. Climate change is definitely taking a toll. We walked this morning and saw more geese in one huge flock than we ever have before. What a sound! They didn't mind the smoky morning air at all.

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  2. I'm so sorry about all the fires in California. Glad you are just seeing some smoke. I'd wave to geese too.

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    1. Barbara-- Still smoky here this morning. Makes for interesting sunrises. We waved to a flock this morning that was so incredibly big. It was awesome.

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  3. Wild fires seem to get worse. The loss of life in this fire is frightening. On the other hand I still have millions of geese to send your way. we still have lots of geese here. The rivers and larger lakes haven't frozen yet.

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    1. Red-- So, here's what's really wild about the geese, they're all heading north in the mornings and have been for a month. Where are they going if yours are heading south. Mmm? Yes, the fires here are pretty dismal in every way.

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  4. The stories from the fire are like the worst of nightmares come true.
    That's quite the temperature swing you were experiencing. Is that common for this time of year there? Or are things so disrupted that the weather is oscillating out of control?

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    1. CCorax-- My sister is very close to the southern CA fires. She's had someone staying with her who was evacuated from his home. It's wild in every way. Our temps here have been a bit out of the normal range, and certainly warmer than usual in the afternoons.

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  5. So many sentient beings fighting for their lives in these times of fires and other traumatic events, with the smoke drifting far and wide and connecting us all. It's been rainy with strong winds this morning and some clearing as I write. When California burns, the part of me that has deep roots in California feels the heat and smells the smoke.

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    1. am-- It's hard to imagine the effort it takes to fight these huge blazes. Day after day after day. Sad times in so many ways. Sigh.

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  6. Very sad to hear about and see the fires on TV and even more sad to hear of the loss of life but glad to know that you are both ok

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    1. Bill-- It really is quite a thing happening here in our beautiful state. "Fire Season" lasts a long time now.

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  7. My heart hurts as the fires continue to burn and more and more bodies are found in the Camp Fire. Down south I have friends too close to the Woolsey Fire. Sad days for California.

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    1. Catalyst-- My sister lives in Simi Valley, right at the edge of the Woolsey Fire. She had a friend staying with her who had been evacuated from his house for five days. Interestingly, we were talking on the phone last Thursday after the shooting massacre in Thousand Oaks. Her children had friends there that night. So crazy. While we talked, she mentioned that the winds were picking up. I said, "Uh-oh, winds mean fire danger there." Two hours later she called and said, "Fire!"

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  8. Glad you are safe from the fire danger but I hear the smoke can be quite toxic. Be safe.
    What amazing temperature variances you have in the same day. Lots of changing garb I guess.

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    1. Patti-- We're pretty safe here. The smoke was worse last year. It's endless fire season nowadays. Today we had a 35 degree morning and a 65 degree afternoon. The other day was a 31 degree morning and a 75 degree afternoon. Wild times in California.

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  9. Absolutely horrible news about the fires. I am relieved to read you are not affected!!
    We occasionally get red dust all the way from the Sahara sand storms in our skies here and if it rains the rain is red.
    Remember the ash cloud from the volcano in Iceland that brought airline traffic to a standstill in 2010? We could barely see it in the clear sky but we felt the grit on all surfaces outdoors.

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    1. Sabine-- I can't even begin to imagine what a red dust storms look like or red rain. Must be so interesting, although probably not great for breathing. You remind me that I lived on 100 miles south of the Mt. St Helen eruption back in the 1980s. Oh wow those skies were so weird. The planet is such an interesting thing.

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  10. I had no idea you were that close to the Mt St Helens eruption. That must have been something. By the way, I can always remember the date of the eruption -- May 18, 1980. That was my 30th birthday.

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    1. Mark-- I was actually living in Eugene, Or at the time. I just checked the map and it says we were 175 miles. My then-husband was the news photographer for the NBC affiliate in Eugene. He was not on call that weekend, so he missed the chance to get into a helicopter and video that erupting volcano. One of his co-workers went. Our cars were covered in ash. It was WILD!

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  11. I figured you must be getting some smoke, given the size of these fires, even though they're so far away from you. (Thank goodness!)

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    1. Steve-- We had some smoke today, but nothing like what's happening by San Francisco and Sacramento. It's CRAZY down there.

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  12. Crazy times here as well. Hope your clear skies return soon.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- We had some hazy smokiness today, but we feel pretty lucky to be so far from the worst of it.

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  13. those really are wild temperature swings, R. It's been very cold here in the mornings as well, but only Steve knows as he takes out Boo for his morning walk. Lucy and I stay tucked up in bed.

    Smoke index here is in the very hazardous zone. I'm staying in all day, as yesterday I went out briefly with my N95 mask and still was affected: burning eyes and a scratchy throat.

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    1. Tara-- We have been thinking of you and Steve during this unbelievable fire season. When I see the air quality numbers for Sacramento it's utterly insane. Sure hope things clear up as soon as possible. Please take care and be safe, dear friend.

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  14. I’m glad you’re spared the fire. How awful it is. What a time we’re having. And yet this space feels peaceful. Loving. You make it so.

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    1. 37paddington-- Thank you for your kind words. The rains are headed to California, and that will help in so many ways. Such interesting times we are living in.

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