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Rain Due [Nov. 20th, 2018|09:34 pm]
The moon is getting close to full, and the smoke has thinned enough that it is only moderately discolored. The air still smells of smoke, though. Ironically, this evening on television a report filed from Paradise showed the remains of the town and the blackened forest under bright blue sky. The weather always was better up there than down here in the valley. It was mostly quiet up there, too, and I'm finding it hard to adjust to the noise in Chico, which has a lot of traffic.

I finally managed to get downtown to the post office to pick up my stranded mail and get a change of address form. The oldest parts of Chico around downtown are pleasant enough, but as in most American downtowns automobiles are accommodated in large numbers and their exhaust fumes clog the quaint streets. I could hardly smell the odor of burning forest for the competing mechanical pollution.

The air should clear over the next couple of days as a significant rain storm is due by tomorrow morning. It should make short work of what remains of the fire and will wash the air, though it also brings a considerable danger of flooding in the lately burned areas. It will also hamper the cleanup efforts in the town, and especially the search for human remains in the rubble of destroyed houses. Had the rain come two weeks ago I would still have a home, and cats, and 50,000 other people would not have been displaced, and there would be no need to go searching for cadavers. Weather is cruel.

But the onset of rain also means that tonight's view of the moon could be the last I get until after it has passed the full. But the view will return in time, while so much else never will.

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2018-11-21 08:50 pm (UTC)
I read this morning that the smoke has drifted eastward all the way to NYC. I was afraid of an influx here, after the summer fires' smoke made me sick, but that would've been nothing to complain about, in view of what California and Californians have suffered.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2018-11-22 05:10 am (UTC)
For a few days it was all headed toward the bay area, and San Francisco was full of smoke. I guess as the plume shifted farther south it started getting caught n winds blowing east. We could still smell it here before the rain started.
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