July 7th was the first sign we got of something that was to predominate our summer--smoke from forest fires. We have experienced the orangish skies in past years, so we knew that there must be a forest fires somewhere, but never have I experienced the day after day effect of them that lasted for more than a month and a half.
Fortunately for us the forest fires were not local, but a hundred mile south in B.C’s drier interior that had experience drier than normal weather. During the summer, BC was to experience its worse-ever forest fire season, and we were doomed to breathe the smoke from those fires week after week. The smoke was unbelievably thick, at times totally obscuring the mountains and even our house from the end of the pond.
Other parts of the world experienced weather related disasters far worse than us--massive hurricanes, droughts, forest fires, and floods. It for us, even at a distance, it was scary to experience first hand, just how helpless one is in the face of such weather disasters.
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