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Wed Sep 9, 2020, 04:44 PM

Why wildfires are turning skies a sinister orange

https://www.cnet.com/news/why-wildfires-are-turning-skies-into-a-sinister-orange/

Blue skies. Gray skies. Those are the colors we most commonly associate with our atmosphere. On Wednesday, things went wonky for the San Francisco Bay Area when the skies turned a freaky, disorienting shade of orange that made morning and afternoon seem like night.

The disturbing color shift was due to a plague of ongoing wildfires in California. Residents have been sharing photos on social media that look like they could have been taken on the set of Blade Runner 2049.

While it looked like the apocalypse had arrived, the National Weather Service offered a scientific explanation for the phenomenon. The NWS Bay Area office tweeted a satellite image of a thick layer of smoke over California and wrote, "This smoke is filtering the incoming energy from the sun, causing much cooler temperatures and dark, dreary red-shifted skies across many areas."




NASA went into more detail on this type of occurrence while explaining red-tinted sunsets triggered by Siberian fires back in 2015. "The smoke particles from the fires allow sunlight's longer wavelength colors like red and orange to get through while blocking the shorter wavelengths of yellow, blue and green," the space agency said.




Wildfires happen every year out west but it feels extra apocalyptic in 2020. It's that kind of year. People have been cracking their teeth with anxiety.

More photos at link

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IronLionZion Sep 2020 OP
jpak Sep 2020 #1
cilla4progress Sep 2020 #2
IronLionZion Sep 2020 #3
pansypoo53219 Sep 2020 #4
IronLionZion Sep 2020 #5
Blue Owl Sep 2020 #6

Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 04:49 PM

1. Thanks OBiden!

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 04:51 PM

2. Apocalyptic is the word my husband used.

We live out west and have burned repeatedly in recent years. Safe rn.

It's all within the context of a president affirmatively murdering the people he was supposed to protect.

Apocalyptic x 2.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 04:55 PM

3. It's all blue states on the west coast

the president doesn't hide his contempt for states that didn't vote for him

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 05:02 PM

4. how would munch paint this?

man cutting his wrist?

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 05:07 PM

5. I'm sure many parts of the US would love to send our rain to the west

Yes climate change is the big issue but there are many other factors involved in the west being dry and fire prone. I hope this gets figured out soon. Lots more new areas are getting wildfires that didn't before.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 06:11 PM

6. It's a trump-like orange

n/t

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