This is what it looks like out my window today:
Not so smoky you can’t see across the street, but smoky enough that there’s a haze between me and the houses across the street. It’s 91°, headed for a high of 100° and the AQI is 416. When you think that the worst AQI reading possible is 500, you realize the air is pretty bad. It smells like smoke in the house, as if I left something burning on the stove.
Where’s it all coming from? The best I can figure out, it’s coming from the Claremont Fire, which is part of the North Fire Complex, on the Plumas National Forest, which is 69 miles northeast of me. Here’s the satellite shot:
See the lone fire in the upper right? That’s the one. If you drew a line about 17° northeast from the San Francisco Bay, you’d draw a line through my town. Where the smoke starts getting blacker. NOAA says the smoke will continue through the night, and will be patchy tomorrow, with clear skies Thursday. What NOAA doesn’t say is that’s all dependent on whether they get the fire under control, or not. And given that there’s a high wind advisory until 6:00🕕 tonight, and a Red Flag warning in place until 5:00🕔 tomorrow, my money’s on not.
Are you surprised when I tell you I didn’t go walking this morning?