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Jul 31, 2021 - 6:53:51 PM
2353 posts since 6/19/2014

That's what the forecast was for today, and again for tomorrow. Not clear, or partly cloudy, or X% chance of rain, just . . . smoke.

Outside this morning the sun was an angry orange-red. Scary. I've never seen it that colour before.

Jul 31, 2021 - 7:06:57 PM
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Brian T


18566 posts since 6/5/2008

Castlegar, BC. For Carbon Monoxide and PM2.5, the worst air pollution in the entire world.

Touched +32C here @ 4:30 today. No local wild fires of concern yet.
Campfire ban in place.
That will cost you $1,150.00 in a fine for each and everybody at the fire.

Jul 31, 2021 - 7:12:35 PM
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59075 posts since 10/5/2013

I notice rain predicted in the coming days for southern BC. Hopefully enough to douse the fires.

Jul 31, 2021 - 7:30:08 PM

2567 posts since 5/2/2012

Have had haze from the smoke coming from out west (and northwest) here in southern Iowa the past few days. Yesterday there was even an air quality warning.

Jul 31, 2021 - 7:54:01 PM

Brian T


18566 posts since 6/5/2008

Even a change in humidity changes fire behavior. Nobody is showing any big rain.
Sopping wet for a week would change the game, move the goal posts.

We have an excellent water supply for volume even with the freak hot spell we had.
I should lay a couple of inches on the grapes this week.

We get rain here = it's a miracle if the raindrops on the BBQ touch each other.
That's not what I call rain.

Somewhere, there's archive video of wild fires in time lapse. Everything speeded up.
The fire is pulsing like a breathing animal, like it's alive.

Jul 31, 2021 - 7:55:46 PM



3875 posts since 2/22/2009

Here in Chicagoland we were clear for a few days, but the forecast is for the smoke to return. Last week, we could smell the smoke, the sun was red , the moon was yellow- orange even when crossing the meridian. Polaris was invisible only about two or three 1 st. magnitude stars were visible , I had to wait a few days before using my new 127 SLT telescope.

Jul 31, 2021 - 9:10:43 PM



6702 posts since 2/9/2010

Smoke is creeping in here. I couldn't figure out why my eyes were starting to itch until I realized I wasn't looking at rain clouds. We actually got about 5 minutes of rain this morning after about 35 days of none.

Aug 1, 2021 - 7:11:18 AM

Banjo Lefty


2353 posts since 6/19/2014

There's now a ban here on charcoal BBQ. No open flame, of course. Can't even use my Big Green Egg, but the gas grill is still ok.

Aug 1, 2021 - 7:15:06 AM
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192 posts since 11/28/2006

I’m currently in central Minnesota and we’ve had 4 days of smoke so far with air quality warnings. If it’s this bad down here I feel for our Canadian neighbors. It’s better today as we had strong NW winds to help clear the air. Hope y’all get some relief soon.

Aug 1, 2021 - 7:33:48 AM
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15223 posts since 9/27/2007

We haven't had much smoke here. I think because of the onshore breezes. The rain we had yesterday wouldn't put out a match! I heard one day last week that we were 42 days without rain. 

Aug 1, 2021 - 7:46:52 AM



108 posts since 4/25/2021

We were out with our telescope last night and it seemed like it was cloudy but it was smoke. I'm on Long Island in New York. It's... Humbling? Can't pick a good word but you know what I mean.

Aug 1, 2021 - 8:34:48 AM
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9392 posts since 6/5/2011

Re: If it’s this bad down here I feel for our Canadian neighbors. ....Hope y’all get some relief soon.

A few days ago CBC radio interviewed a mediocre expert/respirologist (?)  [I think he was from U of Alberta] about the risk that the smoke presented.  He went into a very l-o-n-g-winded [possibly even impressive] dissertation about particulate matter and all manner of facts/figures/ratios/stats to tell us how b-i-g the risk is.  He ended by saying that only the relatively small percentage having breathing and health conditions need be concerned; for everybody else it's neither here nor there.

I concur, it is a big deal for those so afflicted, or for people with property/lives threatened and/or having to evacuate.   From what I recall, in beautiful west-central Man-ee-toe-bah we're getting mucho mention of smoke in our weather reports/forecasts, but not much for actual air quality advisories. 

Nevertheless, it's good that others are concerned.  Thanks, Ron.

Aug 1, 2021 - 10:04:13 AM

Brian T


18566 posts since 6/5/2008

My clock (24 hr world clock) shows that it is morning here. That's theoretical today.
More like an hour after sunset with the heavy smoke. Visibility maybe a mile.
Calm, 20C. Rain is wishful thinking as usual.

All lights on in any place in the house that I need to be.
Must be cloud cover adding to the gloom. Must be. Much darker than 10 AM yesterday.
I want to do a little baking today. Using a flashlight to find stuff in the cupboards.

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