Up In Smoke!


August 22, 2013 by torqdog

Yesterday we had a Thunderstorm that produced some of the heaviest rain and large hail I’ve ever experienced. Hail was about the size of a penny and the rain was torrential to the tune of .85 of an inch in 15 minutes. For a moment it was coming down at the rate of 4, maybe 5 inches and hour. All this had the effect of cleansing the air and it was absolutely gorgeous sitting on the patio last evening.

Today around 11:30 a.m. it started getting kinda hazy. The hazy skies quickly turned into a murky, smoke filled environment that got worse and worse as the day proceeded. Right now visibility is under 1/2 mile and ash is falling. This coming from a fire 150 miles away down near Yosemite. It’s called the Rim fire and I suspect it will be burning for quite a while as there is no containment as of this writing.

Here’s a couple photos taken from my backyard. One shows a nice clear day, the other was taken around 5 p.m. this afternoon. We’re smokin baby!


5 thoughts on “Up In Smoke!

  1. Bill says:

    Oh, my god, Randy! That’s just bizarre! Wow!

    No one uses blue glass for bottle trees any more! This year is old GREEN glass. Damn!

    But seriously, that’s awful! Next door to you, Utah is on fire again this year, we just had the hottest July on record. . .and we’ve had two thunderstorms in the past month with levels of intensity that I’ve never seen here before in 60 years.

    I don’t care how it’s happening or what’s causing it, but these new, intense weather patterns don’t belong to a political party. It’s just happening. And if it’s all natural, geological and meteorological, we still need to be sure we aren’t contributing a turbocharging factor to it as planetary inhabitants.

  2. torqdog says:

    I don’t know if this link will work here but this is a photo showing just how monstrous this fire has become.

    The last couple of days have found the typical westerly afternoon winds kicking up and visibilities have improved to 3 to 5 miles. Never thought I’d see the day when 3 mile visibility was something to cheer about.

    Today, the thick stuff returned and at times I couldn’t see 1/4 mile. Smoke was so thick my eyes were stinging and breathing sucked.

    After watching two fires recently take off right here in Carson (lightning strikes) and the extremely slow response, I have some opinions about the way they conduct business that I may share once this Rim fire has been extinguished. This fire apparently started on August 17th but didn’t really take off until 5 days later on the 22nd. What were they doing for those 5 days?!!! Ugh!!!

  3. Bill says:

    I read this morning that there’s an actual public health warning in Nevada because the smoke from the Yosemite.

  4. torqdog says:

    In actuality Bill we’ve been under a public health warning since last Thursday when the smoke rolled in. The air quality has sometimes gone from hazardous to dangerous. I know that the day of my last post (08/27) the air was definitely in the dangerous category.

  5. Jane says:

    hope it gets under control for your sake t-dog but also everyone else affected. might be time for the window duct taping. keep us posted please. btw still a beautiful view even when its only partial

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