Orange Sky Bad! Must Be Trumps Fault!

This image does not do it justice. The sky where I am (Silly Con Valley) is a pumpkin orange colour. This is at 12:50 just after High Noon. Notice that the oncoming traffic have their lights on. It is DARK at high noon. The photocell controlled street lights are on.

Orange Sky Bad!

Orange Sky Bad!

I note in passing that in a comment here:
P.G. seems to have it worse with a rosy red sky.

8:30am here in Northern California, Sky is a deep blood red and it is nearly as dark as night. A”Snow” of ash is fallowing from the sky. The power has been off for 30 hours, so generator is roaring away destroying our tranquility. At least I have 2 Airwashers humming away making the air quality in my kitchen a bit more breathable while I surf the web. Hope the rest of you are enjoying your morning…pg

Welcome to Kalifornia….

So any guesses as to the power situation with Dead Calm wind and near zero solar at high noon?… Yeah, glad I got the generator service done in time…

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A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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30 Responses to Orange Sky Bad! Must Be Trumps Fault!

  1. Looks like our sky when Yellowstone burned, lights on during the day and still dark

  2. H.R. says:

    Get a steam powered generator and you can use any fuel or any fool for fuel, if the world goes that far south

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    My 1980 Diesel car runs on a variety of fuels. Plant or animal oils. It can even take propane, butane, or natural gas in the air intake (yes, I’ve tested this, it’s a long story…) and that is why I continue to keep this wonderful car. Cost be damned.

    So no, I don’t need a steam powered generator (yet)… but if the time comes:

  4. Ed Forbes says:

    I find this one amusing. Several others out there but I like this out there but I like this one the best so far
    Kenosha Kid

  5. Nancy & John Hultquist says:

    I guess the Kriswtofferson thing was not meant to be here. Nonetheless, there is an us-versus-them aspect.
    Kris Kristofferson wrote:
    I’m wishing, Lord, that I was stoned.

    Executives were apoplectic.
    The interesting story is that Johnny Cash and Kris had become good friends. At a public performance where some thought Cash might substitute something else because of pressure, he looked directly at Kris and sang it just as it was written.

  6. Nancy & John Hultquist says:

    Here in central Washington State there have been several large-area fires, now contained. Most of the fuel was grass and sage brush type fuel. Winds moved the fires very fast, with nearly white smoke.
    Not the largest, but the most devastating fire was in Eastern Washington where a small town was ~70% destroyed. The town, Malden, was 30 miles south of Spokane. Named the Babb Road Fire.

    Cliff Mass (blog) has a post on the smoke — fires in timber in Western Oregon.

  7. H.R. says:

    I saw some video of San Francisco taken from the hills and looking in the direction of the Pacific. It was late afternoon, maybe 4:00 or 5:00 pm local, so the sun was in view as an orange ball just above the city buildings and smoke-darkened to the point that it didn’t even come close to washing out the video.

    The talking head on the video was calling it a Mad Max apocalyptic orange. I had to agree with that.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    @N&J H.:

    Remember the good old days when they would call for volunteers and put out the fires? Now it’s all just left to “someone else” where the POC (Politician In Charge) may not want to spend money on fire teams and maybe wants to meet Agenda 21 / 30 goals and drive people to the big cities…


    Yeah, Mad Max Orange is about right. This morning it’s more sepia… so far…

  9. cdquarles says:

    So glad I left in 1962, though from Woodland/Davis CA (had to, with dad’s death and mom’s illness). I have two uncles in the Bay Area, if they’re still living. I have not heard from them in years.

  10. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Power is back on,… HURRAH !.. getting tired of listening to and tending that generator ! Maybe life can return back to normal,……………….whatever that is. Air still smoky with reduced visibility,. sky a grayish red and the sun looks like a angry cherry. Still snowing ash but a lot less then before. Things are improved here for now.
    i can go back to worrying about Pelosi’s planned coup…8-)

  11. philjourdan says:

    Just more proof that liberals always fail. And yet they revel in their failure.

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    PT News Network (one guy I think…) is showing reports of arsonists lighting the fires in Oregon, some in California.

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    Another one pointing out Antifa Arsonists.

  14. philjourdan says:

    Oregon State Troopers are denying that. But then I saw the Washington one. So until they come out with a definitive source of the fires, I am believing Antifa.

  15. Terry Jackson says:

    A couple of stories from Oregon. Listed as human caused, under investigation. No mention of Antifa. A smaller fire with apparent witnesses that joined the one above.

    There is some amount of arson during fire season in the West. Antifa may or may not be involved at this point. On the other hand, they may not be able to resist in the future.

  16. M Simon says:

    When disputing with a warmer (or any lightly educated civilian), to get any attention you have to be very simple and debunk their argument from its internal inconsistencies. I’m using this.

    Water vapor is a greenhouse gas. There is on average 50 times as much of it in the atmosphere as CO2. Explain how CO2 is dominant.

    This is defensible since the absorption bands of CO2 and water vapor largely overlap except for the low energy 15um band.

  17. M Simon says:

    Why are only non-condensing greenhouse gasses are considered when it comes to global warming? Isn’t the only thing that is important is the integration of the effects of each component? After all shouldn’t a greenhouse gas prevalent at 50 times (average) CO2 be significant when its effects are integrated even if local variation are from 10 to 100 times CO2 concentration?

    This seems like a rather large elephant in a very small room.

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    @M. Simon:

    It is. The other one is that the reason we have a Troposphere is Because Radiation Is Blocked / bands saturated. The whole radiate calculus only matters once on the other side of the tropopause. Below that point, evaporation, convection, and condensation are what matters (see the hurricanes happening now for examples… more power than nuclear bombs (plural) being moved to the top of the troposphere.

  19. Compu Gator says:

    E.M. posted on 9 September 2020 GMT:
    This image does not do it justice. The sky where I am (Silly Con Valley) is a pumpkin orange colour. This is at 12:50 just after High Noon. Notice that the oncoming traffic have their lights on. It is DARK at high noon. The photocell controlled street lights are on.

    Wellllll, your camera’s own “photocell” did in your intended image. The associated circuitry & software is designed to produce an image that displays average daytime lighting. Absent direction from some goal-oriented mode setting, it’s not unreasonable for circuitry & software to automagically adjust exposure to provide you with a lightened image, e.g., to get as much facial detail as possible at sunset in a photo of your spouse enthusiastically waving back at you, on arrival at an exotic vacation destination.

    Probably quite a few readers of Chiefio will have quickly realized that your image could’ve been more closely matched to your perceived darkness by setting exposure compensation to underexposure. I guesstimate at least 1½ stops–if not 2 stops. After decades of usually-successfully outguessing exposure meters, I lovvve digital-photo technology and the flat-panel displays that show me the result of my exposure guesstimation. I used that to improve results recently when my inexpensive discrete digital camera overlightened dark storm clouds behind the Orlando skyline. I was fortunate to have enough time I  to tweak it [#].

    But if you’re photographing from behind a steering wheel in quick-grab snapshot mode (e.g., with a smart-phone), wellllll, such an overly light image ought not be a surprise. And maybe it wasn’t. E.M. seems to be a man of many talents.

    Note #: For visual perspective, the grandeur of the Orlando skyline is comparable to that of San José. Alas, I get the impression that free-hosted WordPress doesn’t allow images to be directly uploaded from a blog-commenter’s PC.

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    Picture was taken with a cell phone. Not much (any?) exposure control. I could have “fixed it” in GIMP, but didn’t really feel right about posting a heavily modified image…

    And yes, snapping a photo at 70 MPH on the freeway is a challenge… but had it been with my usual camera I’d have gotten a better one.

    I think it was a combination of the phone doing exposure adjustment too bright and color balance trying to make it white. My camera doesn’t do the auto-color balance thing.

    I have some other images and I’ve thought I might tune one up to be right and add it to the posting, but just too much other stuff to do.

  21. Compu Gator says:

    At least since California’s wildfires in once-wild exurbanized places in L.A. Co. years ago, I’ve often wondered why Islamic terrorists weren’t sneaking across the southern U.S. border in a campaign to start wildfires. I never posted anything anywhere [♐], out of concern that I would be criticized for giving advice to foreign terrorists. Altho’ enough of the latter are smart enough to make the leap from news reports to evil opportunities for themselves.

    The more I thought about it, the more I was mystified that the U.S.A. seemed to be spared this potentially devastating form of terrorism [♢]:

    The dry vegetation of late summer in arid (and formally semiarid) regions of the U.S. Pacific Coast makes wildfires easy to do on the cheap, and it only requires possession & handling of common materials that are both compact and legal (unlike, e.g., trying to destroy buildings by using materials manufactured as explosives, or their incriminatingly bulky operational substitutes). Widespread use outdoors of petrochemical-fuelled appliances would provide readily accepted excuses for routinely carrying such materials.

    Soon enough after a wildfire has been started, it creates and then prolongs terror as it spreads. It also causes potentially disruptive stress from uncertainty for people who can only pray or hope to eventually escape its path. U.S. emergency response for a wildfire has no guaranteed solutions, and the best response plans of the moment can be confounded by changes in weather. Nevertheless, the responses require extensive deployment of man-power to life-threatening situations. Meanwhile, news broadcasts allow the terrorists to gloat over their handiwork from the safety & comfort of their homes or travel-lodging.

    As a bonus for terrorists, the emergency-response depletes local-&-state treasuries. Does federal “disaster” aid typically make them whole again, or merely mitigate some of the losses?

    In the U.S.A., built, in part, by the activities of individual outdoorsmen, whose more technologically dependent descendants rely on petrochemical-fuelled appliances in the outdoors and whose people enjoy an inferred Constitutional right of personal freedom of travel, stopping the spread of such incidents of terror might prove quite challenging for local-&-state officials. As discussed in some conservative social media (mostly elsewhere), those officials might need to defer tacitly to the explicit Constitutional right of personal bearing of arms, which is independent of officialdom [⌖].

    Note ♐ : Altho’ I should have privately logged my thoughts, e.g., so I could confidently attach a date to those thoughts, even if my foresight was was met with skepticism whenever I went public with specific thoughts. Oh!  And backed up those logs, so they wouldn’t be stuck on dead computers, but I digress.

    Note ♢ : I don’t claim uniquely perceptive analysis for this posting; having finished typing it out, some of it looks distressingly obvious. So I suppose I’ll just need to wait for Chiefio readers to point out the flaws & oversights.

    Note ⌖ : E.g., albeit not ideal for my point: “Oregon Homeowners Warn Looters Amid Wildfire: ‘You Loot, We Shoot’”, by Kyle Morris · 14 Sep 2020.

  22. cdquarles says:

    I wouldn’t doubt for a minute that terrorists of any stripe would try arson, but outside of doing it near major metro areas, I think such wouldn’t have the impact like bombing does. (Anniversary of the 16th St. Baptist Church bombing was a couple of days ago, 1963.)

  23. philjourdan says:

    @CD – actually the only instance of the Axis actually hitting the continental USA in WWII was a case of Arson. A Jap sub released some hot air balloons with incendiary devices attached, which fell in Oregon starting a forest fire.

    Just a footnote on WWII.

  24. cdquarles says:

    Hmm, don’t remember that making the history books :p.

  25. p.g.sharrow says:

    Actually the fire bombing campaign was even stranger then that. It included Bats as carriers of some of the devices. They were kept in hibernation cold and dropped into the Jet stream to ride it into the Northwest towns and forest, These things were kept top secret to prevent the Japanese from learning of their successes.
    Lots of things don’t make into “the History books” and some that do are fabrications.

  26. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting thing those bats. The USA also had plans for a Bat Bomb to be dropped by plane. Then the bats would warm up and roost under building eves and in attics when the incendiary timer would light them up.

    Program was canceled when some managed to burn down several buildings on the US Base where development was happening….

    Per incendiary PNW:

    Yeah, years back I thought of it too, but said nothing. Also figured out a zero evidence device to start them when person was long gone (still not sharing… as proximity at ignition is a big forensic tool) big limitation is that we already have lots of fires and fire fighting so hard to notice a dozen more.

  27. philjourdan says:

    Yea, bats are not very dependable! Other than to return to their roost. Fortunately we are now batproof, and they are still trying to return to their old roost!

  28. cdquarles says:

    Well, I had heard about it. Thus the :p

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