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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 10:05 AM

The sky is white

As do nearly every morning from March through November, I went outside early this morning to spend an hour or two working in the garden. I enjoy this quiet time spent planting, weeding, mulching, and just being outdoors in the quiet morning.

Today is a particularly clear, crisp autumn day with low humidity and temperatures in the high 40s. Just perfect. Except the sky is white.

Crisp autumn days normally bring the bluest skies of the year. One of my memories of 9/11 was of the perfect fall weather with deep blue skies. I thought the world would end that day. It didn’t.

Perhaps the world is ending now—good bits of it are on fire or flooding. The sky is white today because the west coast is on fire. But today doesn’t feel like the world is ending. Today feels mundane and ordinary as I pull weeds in the garden. Except the sky is white.

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spinbaby Sep 16 OP
livetohike Sep 16 #1
roamer65 Sep 16 #2
Wicked Blue Sep 16 #3
Retrograde Sep 16 #5
2naSalit Sep 16 #4
Tree-Hugger Sep 16 #6
RhodeIslandOne Sep 16 #7
EndlessWire Sep 16 #8
KatyMan Sep 16 #9

Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 10:07 AM

1. I just mentioned this to my husband before I read

your post. We’re in the car on our way to Pgh. from north of I-80. It’s so strange.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 10:15 AM

2. It has an orange tint here in MI.

Plus it’s like a morning sun almost all day.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 10:19 AM

3. The skies over California and Oregon look far worse

from the photos I've seen.

Our skies are white too, and the sun was a baleful orange when it rose. I'm thankful that we're not choking on smoke and ashes like those who live near the wildfires. .

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 10:39 AM

5. It's raining in my part of the Bay Area

not very hard, but enough to get the pavement noticeably wet. With luck, it will knock some of the particulate matter out of the air.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 10:21 AM

4. We have blue/grey with an orange sphere in the middle...

and orange lighting in western Montana for last couple days, probably all week at least.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 11:56 AM

6. White sky here in PA

Like you said, this is perfect fall weather. Temps in the 60's, low dewpoints, low humidity. No clouds. We should have bright blue skies, but they are milky/hazy and the sun is barely shining. My eyes and nose were pretty irritated on my walk this am. I don't know if it's the smokey skies or allergies (goldenrod season) or both.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 11:59 AM

7. Same here in New England

 

It should be a clear cool blue sky sunny windy day, but there’s just a dull haze as the sun fights thru it.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 01:02 PM

8. Yes

There's a little bluish tinged patch directly overhead, but otherwise it's white. A couple days ago, the sun at sundown is reddish and muted. I guess the smoke is now fully entrenched.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 01:05 PM

9. Wow, high 40s?

We're still in the mid 90s here in SE Tx. No affects from the fires on our skies so far, very blue today.

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