smoke and more smoke

I know I am a bit of a broken record but today the Bay Area had the worst rated air quality in the world. A dubious honor. Stores are out of masks and air filters. People are driving out of the area to escape the smoke. Luckily for some people, they were already leaving for the holiday but we don’t have plans to go anywhere so we are staying home huddled by our air filters, hoping that the rain will come sooner rather than later and that we will be able to leave the house with a mask!

where there’s smoke, there’s climate change

Most of my day today was spent thinking about smoke and fire. There is a large, mostly uncontained fire burning in Paradise, CA to the northeast of where I live. Because we live in a valley, if the wind is heading in our direction it funnels much of the smoke straight down towards us. As a result, I spent a lot of today looking like this.

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very fashionable, no?

The mask makes my throat and lungs burn less but it doesn’t do a thing for my slightly crazy curls.

I tried to get a picture that showed the smoke clearly but it is a challenge with an iPhone.

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smoky train

I think the sun made it most obvious that something was wrong with the sky. It gave the light an eerie apocalyptic glow.

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angry sun

What I am saying is: all of this is terrible. It is very late in the year for a fire this bad. We had almost no rain in October this year, which is not usual. Climate change is a real problem and it is long past time for us to do something about it before we all end up looking like I do in the photo above every time we go outside.