A Merciful Day of "Clear" Air and "Cool" Temperatures

Wildfire Smoke Over the Eastern Sierras

Smoke from dozens of wildfires is pinned to the Eastern Sierra Range by westerly winds and a body of "cool" air as seen from Ridgecrest, CA in September of 2020

After months of record breaking heat and smokey haze, we awoke to a beautiful clear day here in the high desert of Southern California. With the exception of a trip to Arizona (where the air was not much better), we have been sheltering in place viewing the outside through the window as a dangerous hellscape of dry toxic air at deadly temperatures, seething with deadly viruses that can survive any environment and can infect a host and spread itself without exhibiting any symptoms.

Today seemed like a fine time to go for much needed walk. Vega and I were ecstatic once we began down the path near our house. She even took off into a sprint at one point. She warmly greeted every passer-by with a confident and obvious wave and a crystal clear "Hello". Everyone we passed seemed to be possessed with the same cheerful spirit.

Yet when we looked behind us to the West a glaring reminder of the ongoing crisis loomed starkly above the Eastern Sierra range that fortifies our valley on that side. An imperfectly precise gradient of dark blue to a think brownish grey as varying in color as the quailty of the last 2 days brings to mind the MILLIONS of people currently trapped in the floating cesspool occupying most of the Western North American land mass.

Our thoughts, prayers, energy and vibes go out to all of the people affected by this terrible event.

Climate: Chaos Ridgecrest

Posted by Kyle Bruder on Sept. 9, 2020, 8:29 p.m. from Ridegecrest, CA
Last updated on Sept. 11, 2020, 4:53 a.m.