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Haze: Smoke from the California wildfires shrouded the Bay Area

Haze: Smoke from the California wildfires shrouded the Bay Area

Haze: Smoke from the California wildfires shrouded the Bay Area

This day two weeks ago, San Francisco was eerie. The sky was the sort of deep orange that mimicked artist renderings of potential Martian colonies. People reported feeling something like jet lag, even though it's been months since anyone has been on a plane.

The cause, we were told, was a series of fires up and down the West Coast. But the Bay Area had a peculiar quirk: prevailing winds from the west, bringing in cool marine air, trapped the smoke in the atmosphere and diffused the sun's light.

The queen from Alice in Wonderland, the one who could believe as many as six things before breakfast, comes to mind. Just how many freak weather phenomena am I supposed to take in while waiting for the kettle to boil?


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