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Old 09-15-20, 08:23 AM
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Weird Sunrise and Sunsets in Pennsylvania

I first noticed it last evening....the sunset looked like the photos from the Mars robots, with the sky having an unusual shade of blue and the sun itself looking bluer than normal. Sort of like this NASA Mars photo:



Sunrise this morning was had the same look. I mentioned it to Mrs. Altair and she said they reported on it on our local news that smoke/dust from the West Coast fires in the high atmosphere is causing the effect. It's high enough that you don't smell it though. Anyone else out East noticing the change? I feel like Matt Damon in The Martian.

I have family out west in CA and CO. The Colorado connection says that some friends with lung issues are staying in their basement and breathing through wet towels. Haven't heard from the CA contingent yet. I hope you all stay safe!
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Old 09-15-20, 09:52 AM
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Same thing near NYC.
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Old 09-15-20, 10:02 AM
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Here are some photos of sunrise in Seattle a few days ago. It's the smoke you're seeing, this is what it looks like here.

https://www.kuow.org/stories/photos-...ves-in-seattle



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Animation here.

https://mobile.twitter.com/NWSWakefi...42340783968259
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It's happening here in Chicago too. Someone at work jokingly said, "It's probably the smoke from the fires out west," the other morning, and come to find out, they were right.

I'm not a religious man, but I'm praying for the west right now.
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Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
I first noticed it last evening....the sunset looked like the photos from the Mars robots, with the sky having an unusual shade of blue and the sun itself looking bluer than normal. Sort of like this NASA Mars photo:



Sunrise this morning was had the same look. I mentioned it to Mrs. Altair and she said they reported on it on our local news that smoke/dust from the West Coast fires in the high atmosphere is causing the effect. It's high enough that you don't smell it though. Anyone else out East noticing the change? I feel like Matt Damon in The Martian.

I have family out west in CA and CO. The Colorado connection says that some friends with lung issues are staying in their basement and breathing through wet towels. Haven't heard from the CA contingent yet. I hope you all stay safe!
Yes. Iím camping in Everett, PA. Left Cumberland, MD, this morning. Both the sunrise and sunset looked odd. Was wondering if it was from the smoke.

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Old 09-15-20, 07:55 PM
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I remember living in the midwest, seeing the weird and sometimes colorful sunsets from west coast fires. Now that I'm in the thick of it, it's less exotic and more choking.
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I am surrounded by trees where I live so I don't see sunsets and sunrises anyway. But at noon, I can stand outside and look right at the sun. Cannot remember the last time I saw a shadow. Pulled out my old respirator (I used to work with fiberglass in a previous lifetime) and breathed the best air in more than a week. Put in a new furnace filter and the difference was night and day! So-so air instead of a fire in the fireplace with the damper closed. (And that's with a filter that was like new 10 days ago and that I take outside each day and shake out.)

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I grew up in the east coast. A bad fire there might destroy a whole building, and even damage the ones next to it. I had no way to imagine how large and destructive the fires in the west would become.
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​​​​​​Tens of thousands of Oregonians have fled their homes, half a million are under evacuation orders. Normally when you think of that many displaced people it's in a place like Syria, not Oregon. Entire towns have been wiped off the map. An area larger than Connecticut burned in a matter of days.

We're all slowly developing lung cancer out here. It's not just wood smoke we're burning, it's lead paint in old buildings, it's cars, you name it.
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Oregon. You can barely see the headlights.
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