September 9, 2020
California Has Disappeared Beneath Wildfire Smoke
Words can’t really do justice to what’s happening across the West right now during this frankly unbelievable fire season. Millions of people have woken to skies that resemble Mars, Dune’s Arrakis, Star Wars’ Tatooine. It’s orange, it’s frightening, it’s not going away anytime soon. Some meteorologists are warning Californians to prepare for months of smoky skies. BLM land is instituting a policy of no fires of any kind, campgrounds across Oregon are closing to eliminate the threat of more fires. Truly astounding.
Extremely dense & tall smoke plumes from numerous large wildfires, some of which have been generating nocturnal pyrocumulunimbus clouds ("fire thunderstorms"), are almost completely blocking out the sun across some portions of Northern California this morning. #CAwx #CAfire pic.twitter.com/y9evl4u0eq
— Daniel Swain (@Weather_West) September 9, 2020