K2inCanada's Blog

July 7, 2015

Our province is burning

Filed under: Canada — K2 in Canada @ 7:16 AM

The ugly side of a hot spring and summer – the wildfire season started early this year. We came home Sunday evening from the Okanagan to a thick layer of smoke over Vancouver and the lower mainland. You could even smell the smoke at time. The fires are far enough away that they don’t pose any direct danger to the city but with the air quality being twice as bad as Bejing even us city people notice the affects. On top of the dryness an unusual amount of lightening is causing most of the fires. Campfire bans are now in affect province wide.

The sun was hiding behind the smoke all day yesterday. Paddling on Burnaby Lake last night I saw this pale orange globe high up in the sky which should have been a blinding bright sun. Feels like being on a different planet.

http://globalnews.ca/news/2094497/180-fires-burning-across-b-c-as-thick-haze-chokes-south-coast/

And here is what it looked like from space - thanks to NASA for the picture

And here is what it looked like from space – thanks to NASA for the picture

Finally there is some rain in the forecast for next week – IF they are right!! Temperatures are starting to normalize from the near 30C the past few days to low 20th. Finally I may be able to sleep at night again? I am actually surprised how little this high heat has affected me this year since it started getting hot in May!

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