Monday, July 6, 2015

Smoke On The Water

Taken down the driveway at 8:30 this morning:

Smoke on the water and on everything else! BC is suffering one of the worst fire seasons in our history. We are supposed to be up in the 90's but the smoke is reflecting the sunlight away keeping it rather cool down here on the ground. There is a yellow haze everywhere.

Here is a NASA photo of the southwest coast of BC showing the smoke from the multitude of fires. It shows Vancouver Island. We are in Campbell River, just above the heavy smoke. Victoria is right where the smoke is heaviest. Seattle is on the mainland at the bottom of the photo. There are 178 fires burning in BC right now and the air quality index in Vancouver is 10+ or Very High Risk. A Vancouver radio station reports that, "It smells like someone is barbecuing in the studio."


11 comments:

  1. Not good , hope things clear up soon for you.

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  2. It's really bad in northern SK right now. The whole northern part of the province has been evacuated, something like 8,000 people at the last report I read. I wish I was in a position to offer some of them a bed.

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    1. We heard the Premier is asking for help from the army.

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  3. For the first time we are also under a thin layer of smokey haze with no sun. Very sad state of affairs at the moment.

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  4. Hang in there amigo - this too will pass. But stay out of the smoke, please!

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    1. I was out working in it for a couple of hours and had to come in to catch my breath. I think a few minutes at a time will be sufficient.

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  5. quite unusual for your neck of the woods isn't it?

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    1. No we usually get a few fires every year. This year has been exceptional so far. A few years ago the water bombers were making very low passes and scooping water out of the ocean right in front of our house.

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  6. That's not good. Someone in your fragile aged condition needs to be careful. (you can kick me anytime)
    Seriously, start doing a rain-dance and see if we can clear the air.

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    1. Time to try my Mexican Rain Stick.

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  7. Really sad news. Such beautiful country, that we found out last year :) Let's hope it gets better soon.

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