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begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,950
South Puget Sound, WA
Same here, we have a white haze across the whole sky. Oddly we could still see the stars fairly well last night.
There is so much smoke being generated that I think it will circle the globe. We are socked in again today. Tomorrow it will be a week.
 
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Riff

Burning Hunk
Nov 3, 2015
109
Virginia
It was hazy down here most of the day in VA and is expected to be this way for a couple of more days. Thick enough that it's keeping temperatures lower than they should be.
 

PaulOinMA

Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
779
MA
My wife e-mailed that it's chilly in MA today. Reduced temperatures due to the smoke.

 

VaForest

New Member
Aug 6, 2020
7
Southside Virginia
If anyone is interested in protecting their home from wildfire google Firewise. Most states have their own program, but there is a national program as well lead by NFPA. Firefighters, structural and wildland, triage structures during these events. If it is indefensible, like having cedar shakes, they won't even try.
 

semipro

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2009
3,875
SW Virginia
Global cooling? This climate change is complicated. :oops:

Hey, just trying to keep it light. If you ain't smiling you'd be crying.
Global Dimming (rather than cooling) from airborne particles blocking sunlight is well documented. It was validated pretty strongly when all domestic flights were grounded after 9-11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_dimming
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,950
South Puget Sound, WA
Our morning sun. Looks like the smoke will be with us tomorrow too. :-( Temps are down about 10º still. Folks are getting stir crazy having to stay indoors so long. I went out with an N95 mask to water plants and pick tomatoes for about 30 minutes. That was enough.

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MTY

Feeling the Heat
Jan 9, 2019
409
Idaho
I had to drive through a local burn yesterday. I was amazed at the number of structures that had burned areas within 10 yards or so, and the structure was unscathed The firefighters did a darn good job.
 

begreen

Mooderator
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Nov 18, 2005
84,950
South Puget Sound, WA
Today, no sun so far, just stinky fog soup with about 700ft visibility. The AQI has slightly improved and we are hoping for better air by tomorrow.
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Zack R

Feeling the Heat
Sep 27, 2017
414
Sisters, OR
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The air quality is still brutal here in central Oregon. Yesterday it finally dropped below 200 for the first time since last Thursday, but it was back above 500 when I work up this morning.

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Grizzerbear

Minister of Fire
Feb 12, 2019
670
SW Missoura
Just got home from work and had to take a pic of the haze of smoke in the air here. I noticed it in town today and wished I had got a pic there because it is a lot more open ground to get a perspective. I did the math and all the fires in california in 2020 has burned roughly ten times the acreage as the county I live in (dallas). Friggin unreal.
 

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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
84,950
South Puget Sound, WA
The air quality is still brutal here in central Oregon. Yesterday it finally dropped below 200 for the first time since last Thursday, but it was back above 500 when I work up this morning.

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I feel for you folks. Hope the rains settle things down. It is so sad to see these fires ripping through some of my favorite areas in OR. Your area is beautiful.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
84,950
South Puget Sound, WA
I thought 500 was the max. How high does the scale go?
There is no maximum limit. It's the count of particles in the air. For smoke it is PM2.5 that is used for the AQI. The ratings stop at 500, but it definitely can go much higher. Canby and Robson OR had days in the low 700s. That is around what we experienced in Dehli during Diwali when they are firing off millions of fireworks. At that point the rating is - Yer damn crazy to be breathing this crap.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
17,924
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
There is no maximum limit. It's the count of particles in the air. For smoke it is PM2.5 that is used for the AQI. The ratings stop at 500, but it definitely can go much higher. Canby and Robson OR had days in the low 700s. That is around what we experienced in Dehli during Diwali when they are firing off millions of fireworks. At that point the rating is - Yer damn crazy to be breathing this crap.
It got 500 in chelan this week too so I figured that was the top. So really, the hazardous category is 300 to infinity!
 

Riteway

Member
Jul 27, 2020
61
Kitsap County, WA
Whew, finally getting some relief from the smoke in my neck of the woods (West Puget Sound). This is the first time I can remember getting excited about a rainy day. My two young kids literally haven't left the house in a week.
 
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Zack R

Feeling the Heat
Sep 27, 2017
414
Sisters, OR
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Whew, finally getting some relief from the smoke in my neck of the woods (West Puget Sound). This is the first time I can remember getting excited about a rainy day. My two young kids literally haven't left the house in a week.
Same here! Air quality is finally down to 165 and we were just outside. Such a relief, hopefully the rain comes in strong and puts a dent in the fires.

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ABMax24

Minister of Fire
It's been getting hazy here the last couple days. Today was pretty bad, couldn't see the sky and the sun was orange. Our solar system was producing at about half capacity. Smoky again tomorrow but clearing a bit for Sunday.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,950
South Puget Sound, WA
Yay! We're in the green!
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The smoke cleared last night with thunderstorms blowing through. It is so nice to have windows open today!
 
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MTY

Feeling the Heat
Jan 9, 2019
409
Idaho
I was gone before the sun was up and back after dark, but it rained last night and this morning so hopefully tomorrow will be somewhat clear. I have to haul hay and grade the drive, so a nice day would be great.
 

MTY

Feeling the Heat
Jan 9, 2019
409
Idaho
It was pretty much a smoke free day. I worked out in it all day. I hauled hay, graded the driveway, took some tree root humps out of the lawn, dug up the septic tank for a pumping, and cleaned out the goat pen. It was nice to be able to both breathe and work.