The wildfire situation in the Western states continues to bring devastation to so many lives. In the Greater Vancouver Area, we should just be thankful that all we’re dealing with is smoky air and not death and destruction.
September 14, 2020 started off cold, around 50F. By noon, the temperature was in the low 60s. It does feel a little warmer out there, so the sun is trying to bust through the smoke. A couple of sun glimpses here and there, but for the most part the smoke from the wildfires is preventing the Vancouver area from heating up.
Residents are still being advised to stay indoors and not to exercise. There’s calls to close the schools due to the air quality from the smoke plus the added risk of Covid-19.
And then last night, September 13, 2020, a big fire happened about in New Westminster, 5 miles from where I live. A pier and all it’s fire-loving creosote coated pylons went up in flames. That really added to the air quality problems.
And take a look at the world’s air quality rating for September 14, 2020
Vancouver is Number One! Not a spot any city wants to be in, but we’ve swapped spots with Portland, Oregon. And San Francisco moved up a spot. This is so sad. Four great West Coast cities on the top 5 of the worst air quality in the world! You can see the screen capture I took of the September 13, 2020 air quality ranking on my post Smoky Skies from US Wildfires Settle over Cloverdale.
You can find the World Air Quality Index here: https://www.iqair.com/ca/world-air-quality-ranking
Here are a couple of smoky photos I took while walking my dog around the property this morning.
The sun is trying really hard to bust through the smoke that’s covering the Vancouver area! Can you see that little dot aka the sun close to the center of the shot and a little to the right?
In case anyone is wondering, the closest major wildfire is about 200 miles away.
Check out this morning’s drive around Cloverdale as seen from my dash cam. A little bit of the countryside covered in smoke, and then I drove down the main drag. Cloverdale is Smalltown, USA and you might see our little town in some TV shows and movies. No narration, but my car radio provides a little audio.
Is anyone reading this affected by the wildfires burning in Washington, Oregon, and California? You are the people I’m most worried about.
Let’s hope for rain real soon!