Monday, July 07, 2008

Yeah! Good weather to get back into my exercise routine. The winds have shifted so that the smoke from California burning is coming back to the San Francisco Bay Area. The fire fighters have done a good job so that there are now "only" 330 wild fires raging throughout the state. Mission Peak is the way to exercise because there is almost no shade on the 3.5 mile climb up. Due to a heat wave, the temperature was between 100F and 104.5F (38.1C to 40.3C) according to my handy computer. Hopefully my coughing will stop in the next few days. (The air is bad and I have a mild asthma.)

6 comments:

Marf said...

We've had the sky turn orange here from fires in Canada. That was a few years ago. And we've had dust from duststorms over in the Gobi desert earlier this year. And in the winter it can be a bit smoky from all the fireplaces burning.

For the most part, however, we have clean Alaskan air.

Delirious said...

You might be interested in reading my brother-in-law's blog. He is a firefighter, and currently is fighting California fires. (He is also a forest ranger in Utah) He has blogged about how it is going. http://deeicehole.blogspot.com/

Looney said...

Marf, I was reading about "million acre fires" in Alaska which surprised me. Didn't think things would get that dry up there.

Looney said...

Delirious, it looks like he has an interesting set of experiences. What does he do for a living when he isn't fighting fires?

Marf said...

Those fires in Alaska are up North further than I am. It doesn't make the news because it's not threatening anything urban. It may not get that dry where I am that often, but it does in other parts of Alaska.

Same thing with our earthquakes, Alaska has many earthquakes a day (more than the rest of the US combined, including California), some fairly large. But they don't happen close enough to a city to matter. No-one cares.

Just today there's been 22 earthquakes recorded in Alaska so far, and it's only 9AM.

Delirious said...

He has worked for the Forest Service his entire career, and is currently a forest ranger in Utah.