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Darkness Engulfs California

We woke up this morning to, well, night time.

This photo was taken at 11:30 this morning, as the Larkspur ferry passed San Quentin.
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“With wildfire smoke high aloft in the atmosphere, the sky was a sickly yellow on Tuesday, but today a thicker blanket of toxic air is traveling overhead and the color turned an even stranger, richer hue,” SF Gate reported. “The sun’s rays struggled to penetrate the smoke, and at 10:45 a.m., it looked as if it were dawn.” There have also been reports of “snowing ash.”

Adding to the utter strangeness, there is no discernible scent of smoke in the air here in the Bay Area — or certainly nothing like there has been in the last few days and weeks.

According to ABC7 News Meteorologist Mike Nicco, “The marine layer is a stable area of air that does not rise, and so we’re continually pumping in cleaner air from over the ocean.”  Which is to explain why the sky has such a dark orange hue, but the air smells relatively fresh.

After five days of 90-degree weather, the temperature has also dropped. Everything is back to normal in other words, except that day has turned to night and the apocalypse feels as if it’s upon us.

You win again, 2020.

It was headlights on on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge just a half hour before noon today.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Tim

1 Comment

  1. milly Biller 3 years ago

    As someone else said ” Has anyone tried unplugging 2020 and plugging it back in again ?” I am so grateful to all the heroic firefighters that I am back in my home on Point Reyes again. There aren’t enough words….

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