Saturday, July 12, 2008

Smoked California

From my kitchen window, I normally have a nice view of Mt. Tamalpais, one of the highest peaks in the Bay area and a beautifully symmetrical counterpoint.

We returned from Michigan, however, to find that the smoke from all the wildfires in northern California had all but obscured Mt. Tam. That hazy blue-gray triangle in the picture is about all we can see now. Can't help but worry about people with respiratory diseases and the poor firefighters who have been battling these blazes for weeks and weeks. In other parts of the country, they could count on rain in a few days to help the firefighters but we normally don't have rain from late March through late October. Usually, that means you can plan a summer outdoor wedding without fear but this year the brides would all have sooty dresses. We are hoping for the return of our blessed fog, which sweeps away the smoke as it rolls inland on a westerly breeze.

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Blogger Nerissa said...

I feel for you guys in California. I hope you guys get some let-up soon. I'm sure the north would gladly trade a bit of their incessant rain for a bit of heat. But not heat from the fires, eh? ;-)

Saturday, July 12, 2008  
Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

We get endless bushfires in the summer too - the smoke can be a killer.

Saturday, July 12, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nerissa, thank you for your good wishes - it's better today so maybe the firefighters are winning slowly.

Morgan, then you know just how we feel. This is rare for Northern California - usually a SOCA phenomenon - I've never seen it before in 13 years of living here.

Sunday, July 13, 2008  
Anonymous Mrs. L said...

It's been weeks and we still have smoke here in Silicon Valley. I had to get my mom one of those little white face mask things so she could go outside to get mail (her lung cancer pretty much destroyed her lungs). I'm looking forward to the first clear day!

Monday, July 14, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Mrs. I, today is the first non-smoky day in a long time! Hope your Mom is feeling better as a result.

Monday, July 14, 2008  

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