Ash hole

The iPhone camera didn’t care for the conditions, and neither did we.

With Labor Day in the rear-view mirror, we’re on the fast, winding descent to fall, the election, winter, The Fear, and the decline and fall of western civilization.

And now here’s Patrick with the weather!

We got a surprise visit from someone’s wildfire smoke last evening, probably Santa Fe’s. Though it could’ve come all the way from California or Colorado, where my sister reported from Fort Fun that clouds of noxious smoke from the Cameron Peak Fire turned day into night.

“We have also had lots of ash falling,” she added.

Here we got only smoke, which made the setting sun look like the devil’s fiery bunghole. The pic doesn’t begin to do it justice. It was as red as the business end of a plutocrat’s cigar as he’s telling you to clear out your desk and hit the bricks.

This morning the sky has an odd, flat, metallic sheen, and the Duke City is enjoying an air-quality alert, though we don’t have to cut it with a knife and chew 20 times before swallowing the way they do out to Californy. It must be tough to sell real estate when so much of it is floating around in the sky.

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34 Responses to “Ash hole”

  1. JD Says:

    As forecast, snow falling here in the Bibleburg environs and hopefully up in the Cameron Peak Fire area. 87F yesterday and currently 36F today. Much improved air quality. Needed moisture arriving. Better firefighting conditions. Hope your Sis is safe!

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Yikes. If ash is falling, that fire is damn close to your sister’s place. We had ash falling on the BombTowne Estate and yep, the fire was just over the ridge a few miles. Scary stuff.

    The blood red sun set over our dinner last night as we were enjoying one of the last few days of late summer eating on the back portico. Every time I see that deep red it reminds me of a short story I read back in school about a planet where the sun is going red giant. Wish I could remember the title and author, but that probably was registered in one of the many brain cells I killed over the years when I was doing brain erasing experiments in organic chemistry.

  3. SAO' Says:

    Out 8 year old has asthma, and I just looked at the calendar and realized we haven’t been outside for more than 15 minutes in about a month.

    Snow couldn’t have come at a better time, what with the Cameron exploding this weekend. Tripled in size in 24 hours. That’s what a one-hour old fire does, not a month old one.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, as a lifelong asthmatic I can tell when the air’s gone to shit. It’s like being able to use an old wound or broken bone to forecast a cold spell.

      “Ayuh, winter’s a-comin’. M’rheumatiz is actin’ up.”

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Smoky as hell down here. Like you say, almost a bronze, dull metallic color to the sky and sun. That Sawmill fire was a bitch. Almost took out the historic Empire Ranch. I think I know where our smoke is coming from.

    https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOES/sector_band.php?sat=G17&sector=psw&band=GEOCOLOR&length=24

  5. Hurben Says:

    There’s some flaming happening down here again.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/122699207/auckland-brewerys-dump-the-trump-beer-hard-to-swallow-for-some

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      “You do get people asking why you’re making a political statement with a beer but that’s the voice we have so we’re using it.”

      Good for them. That’s the way I felt whenever some thin-skinned type would squeak, “Stick to cycling!”

      • Shawn Says:

        But, but, we did have the Tour de Trump! I believe the beer offered by the casinos in Atlantic City during the race was called “Two Wheeler Cheeseburger and Greasy Fires Ale”. At that time I believe the slogan was “Dump with Trump”.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        If the dumpster gets any fatter you could have a tour of trump. Asshole casts a big enough shadow to alter the climate.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Still no sign of rain up this way. Just smoky skys and windy as hell. Whatsup down your way, Patrick?

  7. SAO' Says:

    .7 “ of mixed precip so far! Won’t put out the Cameron but can’t hurt.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Anything’s better than nothing, hey? I saw some fire dude up your way was saying the Cameron got five inches of heavy, wet snow. Nothing weird about five inches of snow falling on a 100,000-acre fire, no sir.

  8. khal spencer Says:

    We lost power for half the night, along with about 6,000 other people in the City Indifferent. High wind, I suppose?

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