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!