Wednesday, August 2, 2017

dry heat

in which our plucky heroine is tired of the evil daystar...

If I wanted to live in Mordor, I would have moved to Mordor. It never cooled down last night, and we are ramping up into record breaking heat, forecast to be between 105 to 110F by Thursday. And the haze this morning was not my beloved marine layer of respite, but instead the particulates aka smokey layer pushing down here from the fires up in BC Canada. My beloved PNW is now a kind of hellish sandwich filling caught between the bad air from the north and the hot air from the south. All I can do is hide and wait for it to be over..

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  1. Alison,

    I did not realize the smoke had reached all the way south to Oregon! Ouch...

    We've been dealing with that smoky haze in Vancouver since yesterday, and it's going to hang around for a few more days. I'll be so glad when summer (and wildfire season!) is behind us.

    Pearl in Vancouver

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    1. sending wishes for clear skies to you as well, the rainy season cannot come here soon enough in my opinion!

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  2. There are way too many forest fires this year! You may also be getting smoke from Washington and there's a fire in the Mt. Hood National Forest not far east of you. As @pfk206 says, we've got it bad here in Vancouver. I'm hoping for open highways before the end of the month or we'll have to go the VERY long way around to Prince Rupert to catch our ferry reservation to Haida Gwaii. Ugh.

    Wishing you cool thoughts, Alison!

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    1. Louisa... I will hope that this hot dry weather will not last. My heart goes out to everyone who is currently living in the fire zones... keep as cool as you can!

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  3. The fires here in BC have been horrid. Our city has been smoked in all day with an air rating of 32/10. It went down from 49/10 earlier today. We can't see anything other further than 1 km away. It smells horrid, your eyes and nose waters, and your throat burns from the smoke. We really want this to blow away and for everyone to have clear skies.

    Hope you are keeping cool. As I tell people, put your feet into cold water to cool off. I am thankful we have a/c as our house would be as smoky as outdoors and I would have to be on a puffer from it.

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    1. Ann - I have been really worried about the folks in Canada, in the fire zones and surrounding areas... (my best friends husband grew up in northern BC)

      No A/C here, but I have lots of ice cubes in the freezer, and will fill a washtub with water and ice in the bathtub to cool my feet off, and hence the rest of me...

      I am hoping that the hot weather breaks soon, and that rain will come to help put out all the fires. Keep as cool as you can up there

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  4. I used to love the smell of wood smoke. Now when I smell it, anxiety is my response.

    Feet in cold water sounds like an excellent idea. Spraying water on one's body helps too.

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    1. I so agree, both about the wood smoke, and about the cold water... I have been known to hang out in front of a fan, inside the house, and spray water from the bottle I usually use to spray fabric when ironing, up into the air just enough that it lands on me and cools me

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