Mellow Yellow

Yellow sky

The photo above is un-retouched. It hasn’t been run through any filter or photo editing app. This is what the sky over San Francisco looked like early yesterday morning. It had a brownish-yellow tint to it, which lasted until late morning. It was really quite eerie.

The cause of this unusual sky was wildfires in Lake, Napa, and Yolo counties located to the northeast of San Francisco. Strong southeasterly winds sent smoke and ash drifting across the Bay Area, the result of which was the sky taking on that sickish tint.

By Saturday night, the Yolo County fire had turned into a 32,500-acre blaze in the face of what is called “red-flag” weather conditions — high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity — on land dried by years of drought. As of last night, it was only 2% contained and firefighters ordered evacuations.

The wildfire season in Northern California typically starts in the fall, after hot, dry summer months leave brush and woods primed to burn. But this year, as in recent years, the fires have come early. And they aren’t likely to end any time soon.

But don’t worry, this climate change thing is a Chinese hoax. And yellow skies filled with smoke and ash are pretty, aren’t they?

18 thoughts on “Mellow Yellow

  1. Kenneth T. July 2, 2018 / 6:50 am

    Climate Change IS real. The cause or reason, is what am dispute about.
    The Yellow sky (like red, purple, or orange) is pretty – just not the smoke and ash

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango July 2, 2018 / 7:19 am

      You don’t believe that man and the use of fossil fluids has contributed to climate change? How else can you explain how rapidly and significantly these changes are occurring?


      • Kenneth T. July 2, 2018 / 8:43 pm

        Man is only partially to blame. Climate would change even without our (ahem) help.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Fandango July 2, 2018 / 8:52 pm

          But the changes are accelerating at an unprecedented pace. So maybe man is only partially to blame, but the evidence points to man as being the main factor contributing to the acceleration of climate change.


  2. baddadcartoons101 July 2, 2018 / 9:43 am

    If this would have happened in the 60’s, at least we could have had some cool songs about it from Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and some of the outset SF flower children!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Jo Price July 2, 2018 / 10:32 am

      I believe that this is what the Beatles were anticipating when they wrote Yellow Submarine. They just happened to be on the wrong side of the water.

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  3. Jo Price July 2, 2018 / 10:35 am

    I’m sorry that you guys are dealing with that nightmare. We have been wheezing for days courtesy of a bizarre African dust storm that has been covering Texas, but of course that doesn’t begin to touch what you are facing. I’m truly sorry that it is like that where you are. It’s terribly scary to be so close to such destruction and makes your heart (and your lungs) ache. Hugs to you. Jo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango July 2, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks. Hopefully they will get the fire under control soon.


  4. Sight11 July 2, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    That’s a pretty picture hiding a terrible lie, the lie about the truth, the truth of ignorance. An ignorance which is by the way relished. Sigh!, you made me sad today Sensei.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. leigha66 July 4, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I can’t imagine dealing with something that destructive being so close. I hope they can contain the fires soon. Definitely an eerie look to the sky.

    Liked by 1 person

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