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Global-warming prelude to mini-ice-age.

Posted on 2015.07.26 at 19:35
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I guess those Canadian wildfires are still going strong. Here in Northern Illinois, I went out with my dog at 5:am, and the whole outside was an eerie PINK, due to smoke particles refracting the rising sunlight. If any of you have been near a passing tornado, then you probably know the dull glow that precedes it, a moonish, black-light pink or green. This had the same feeling, like an awesome power tentatively subdued. Or like Saint Elmo's Fire, or being rife with static electricity when lightning is about to strike.

"Red skies in the morning is a sailor's warning. Red skies at night is a shepherd's delight."

Of course, there have also been fires from California to Washington State, (and from BC to Saskatchewan - maybe Manitoba). So, who knows what part of our ending world this warning issued frometh. They say red skies in the morning is a warning because it sometimes referred to the dust particles of exploded volcanoes, which would also disturb the weather. Wildfires can do the same.

Some days or weeks ago, the local weather channel actually put out an advisory, concerning haze from the Canadian fires. It said there might even be the smell of smoke in the air. Sure enough, there were a few strong whiffs of wood smoke. I also saw a few butterflies who might have flown down, trying to escape with their little suitcases and backpacks.

Well, this morning, not only was everything weirdly pink, including a thin ceiling of clouds dusted by soft salmon sunlight, everything smelled like an up-close forest fire. There have been red dust clouds from China and the Sahara in the past, but this was closer to home, full-bodied, like a good cold Moose-Head. I lay on my steps drunk waiting for the Rapture. And those pesky Canadians in their UFO's.


Ninja Nick
nick_101 at 2015-07-27 02:42 (UTC) (Lien)
Yikes, that sounds close to apocalyptic.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2015-07-27 18:53 (UTC) (Lien)
Well, apocalypse is getting to be normal. One LJ friend, (you?), said they saw LA fires from their window. I heard a great electro-band on, "Echoes," last night - the whole show is worth listening to(!) - called, "Technicians of the Sacred," I think. They came back from playing a concert, to their home in Colorado, and there were flames across the river, hundreds of feet high. And neighbours were like, "Oh, don't worry. We'll be fine." So, the band took the gear they already had in their truck, and removed as much as possible from their house, and left. Their house burnt down.

I was talking to someone from San Fran the other day, and he had no concern about the coming BIG ONE, or the drought, and soon-to-plummet property values. It is sad to look at this naive resignation, especially when the whole country is due for an economic super-crash.

I have to keep things in perspective. At least there is water all around here, and the smoke is from another country.

btw - I forgot to note that there have also been fires in Alaska. Add that to the drought in Brazil, etc., and it is beginning to look like anything just east of the Pacific is toast.

Edited at 2015-07-27 18:54 (UTC)
Ninja Nick
nick_101 at 2015-07-27 21:12 (UTC) (Lien)
That is alarming. We might either face a big flood or another dry one this winter. :/

I'm not from L.A., so I don't see fires out there.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2015-07-27 21:42 (UTC) (Lien)
Oh, that's right, you are San Diego area. My brain was fried. It might even have been a fire in another CA city.
Evil Tracey
eviltracey at 2015-07-27 05:22 (UTC) (Lien)
Yep, they're still going strong. But some of them are more contained.
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madman101 at 2015-07-27 18:57 (UTC) (Lien)
I heard that these were not only more numerous and intense, (due to the abundance of dry tinder & soil), but that they are often absolutely massive. If they are well contained, there are still a few more months to go before the season ends. Then there's next year, until they finally melt the glaciers and I can have a decent glass of cold water.
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