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The scariest thing about all the smoke (for me) (this is a content warning ya'll) 

I have asthma so the super thick smoke is really bad already, but the thing that really scares me about it is the fact we were in a record-setting heat wave that was due to continue through the weekend

But because the smoke was so thick, the sun never reached the ground all weekend- and the high temperature was 65, getting down below 50ºF at night

Nuclear winter is real, folks :blobscream:

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re: The scariest thing about all the smoke (for me) (this is a content warning ya'll) 

@mawr Yea, that's... kinda terrifying.

We're literally experiencing a localized 'volcanic' summer as I see 'em.

As cold comfort maybe the albedo will help limit the fires a little? I hope?

re: The scariest thing about all the smoke (for me) (this is a content warning ya'll) 

@Kyresti
Yeah…. and what's worse, did you notice how all the plants have just… wilted? The lack of sunlight and probably the soot have instantly caused a bunch of our bushes and smaller trees to start dropping leaves like we were well into fall already. And they don't look like they usually do- they look kind of sickly. :blobsad:

re: The scariest thing about all the smoke (for me) (this is a content warning ya'll) 

@mawr @Kyresti Since I live by an honest-to-goodness forest: check their water level as the more likely culprit.

Checking on the trees here, there are no signs of them thinking the smoke is autumnal weather... yet. But the smaller ones are terribly thirsty, and in immediate view, only smaller vegetation is feeling that so far.

re: The scariest thing about all the smoke (for me) (this is a content warning ya'll) 

@mawr @Kyresti Also, happy to report that our local birds are doing okay and haven't changed patterns with the smoke as yet.

They don't seem pleased, but they're following regular feeding patterns even with the dismal haze and aren't immediately appearing sickly.

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