Wildfire Smoke is So Dense that it Blocks Nearly All Sunlight

Mish

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Smoke is so dense it blocks sunlight and so high that it's 20,000 above cruising altitude of jet airliners. 

Orange Skies No Sun

Zero Solar Production 

"It's Noon and it may as well be Midnight."

9:00AM Unreal

Satellite Images

Wow.

Best wishes to all impacted.

Mish

Comments (45)
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Quatloo
Quatloo

It’s looking like the end of days out there...best to be prepared for anything

mrutkaus
mrutkaus

That is sort of what a serious cataract makes things appear.

Sechel
Sechel

A few big problems are causing all of this

  1. Global warming
  2. Excessive Development and Population density
  3. Naturally occuring chaparral

I don't suggest ripping out the chaparrel like Trump suggests but we're experiencing excessive heat and the U.S. must take global warming seriously. It will only get worse. Also there's too much development in areas that can't properly support it. We're paying the cost in flood zones and fire prone areas.

LouMannheim
LouMannheim

I just read in a major paper that the planet has also lost 2/3rds of all wildlife in the last 50 years. Not new news but if 2/3rds of the food chain is gone in a period where human population has exploded...

vanderlyn
vanderlyn

mish, thanks for the good wishes. we are out here in middle of this stuff in norcal. it's brutal, but i like to keep things in perspective. i've lived all over the place from hurricane alley to deserts to biggest cities in world. here is a great take on reality of what has been history of west. studied this stuff 40 years ago in masters program, too.https://www.mercurynews.com/2014/01/25/california-drought-past-dry-periods-have-lasted-more-than-200-years-scientists-say/

Realist
Realist

Natural disasters such as wildfires cannot be directly linked to global warming or climate change, however GW/CC is a contributing factor to the severity of these disasters.

What still amazes me is the small percentage of people who still deny global warming even exists, or that mankind helps contribute to it. But then, many Americans on this site still say the pandemic is overblown and no worse than the flu. Or they believe that the world is flat and man never landed on the moon.

I’m still waiting for comments that the fires are ”overblown”.

numike
numike

We have been here before. VERY good book! The Fate of Rome is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played in the collapse of Rome’s power

https://www.amazon.com/Fate-Rome-Climate-Disease-Empire/dp/0691192065/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+fate+of+rome&link_code=qs&qid=1599751847&sourceid=Mozilla-search&sr=8-1&tag=mozilla-20
Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

It would be interesting to compare western Oregon's situation this season with the Tillamook burns. ... Looks like Oregon right now is about at the magnitude of the 1st Tillamook burn (1933). That 1933 fire was a really big deal.

mkestrel
mkestrel

Fires existed well before men and Global Warming has nothing to do with the fires.
Nature will do what men refuse to do themselves.

I was in the Black Forest a few years ago on a vacation. I hiked several miles and was amazed by the level of forest management. There were numerous intersecting roads (fire and logging breaks) and very little undergrowth. When trees were too close they were marked for harvesting. That lesson could be well learned here.

For the liberals here in California, they never let a good crisis go to waste. That is why these crisis never end.

amigator
amigator

I do not think anyone believes the climate is not changing. It has and always will be changing (can we say ice age?). The question is whether paying a bunch of taxes to a bunch of corrupt politicians is really going to prevent the climate from changing? We will be naturally moving to more sustainable process it is what happens it does not have to be forced down our throats it will occur as economics and our own cultural will allow. Right now we have a tremendous drain on our allocation of resources (people). With all the money printing many "brains" move to this area (Wall Street or legal system) of our economy instead of science or technology to help figure out what we can do to help develop better processes to improve life and reduce our impacts on the world. Peace out!

El Capitano
El Capitano

So let me get this straight, G_dless liberals push their BS into high gear and then an historic smoke cloud chokes the life out of the state. Probably a coincidence. If this keeps up very long their crops are going to die.