October 13, 2020 — San Francisco Bay, California
The smoke had finally cleared and what was obscuring the view was not smoke but fog, which is the way it’s supposed to be. Boaters were once again out on the bay. Boats passing in the mist.
During the worst of the weeks of smoke from the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties, we were seeing AQI numbers over 300 for days in a row.
AQI stands for Air Quality Index. The scale runs from 0, which is perfect, to 500, where the air can almost be cut with a knife. 301 to 500 is classified as hazardous. Breathing is pretty much the same as smoking, except what’s in the air is even worse than tobacco smoke. Think of what was burned. That’s in the smoke. During this time, “air quality” was an oxygen moron: anyone who thought there was oxygen in the air was a moron.
Of course, if breathing the smoke was bad for us, think of those who lost everything — including in some cases, their lives.
The climate is changing. There’s no doubt about it. And with climate change comes changes in local and regional weather patterns. For us it means heat and drought.
But we still have our fog, and that is reassuring.
(Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.3; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)
PS — I’ve been deeply enmeshed in other activities, but I shall return to regular blogging and to reading blogs soon.