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?