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October, 2003:

THE BLUE, CLEARING SKY

Southern California from our Earth’s near atmosphere, Associated Press/NASA. Note: Excellent NASA satellite images of the fires throughout the full episode from 2003 can be found here. That huge opaque, beige swatch of smoke (from the fires) that can be seen in the upper area above the white cloudy parts is why there was literally […]

BETTER EARLIER, BAD AGAIN

Earlier today, I saw my first lavendar sky, after the past five days’ ochre soup of an atmosphere. Lavendar, and then some whispy white clouds blowing in from the Pacific. Lavendar sky, meaning there was still enough grey stuff to color down the blue sky overhead, but at least not to blank it out as […]

I’M REMINDED, AGAIN, OF HERCULANEUM

PENSIVE. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and most of yesterday,the noonday hour here in Orange County, CA was deceptively like a normal day’s six o’clock in an evening. The air outside was thick with falling ash, the plants outside were covered in fallen ash, and on Sunday, the air outside was barely breathable. But, at least, it […]