Wildfires in the Western United States

Weather.com reports that nearly 100 wild fires are burning in the western states of California, Oregon and Washington. Here’s a photo taken yesterday around noon without filter somewhere in Oregon. (Image credit: @BuitengebiedenB)

Credit @BuitengebiedenB

Why do the skies appear red and orange? Nasa.gov explains —

The smoke particles from the fires allow sunlight’s longer wavelength colors like red and orange to get through while blocking the shorter wavelengths of yellow, blue and green. Those longer wavelengths give the sky a red or orange tinted appearance. Similarly, during sunrise and sunset times when the sun is near the horizon, sunlight has to travel through more of Earth’s atmosphere to get to you. The additional atmosphere filters out the shorter wavelengths and allows the longer wavelengths to get through, providing reds and oranges during those times.

Here are a couple of videos of the skies.

Some generic city:

Now a view of the Bay Bridge (which connects Oakland and San Francisco):

I wish I was back in California. Maybe.

Author: Atanu Dey

Economist.

4 thoughts on “Wildfires in the Western United States”

  1. I think a lot of this fires are started by people. Some by being stupid and doing stupid $h!t like the “gender reveal party” blast in So Cal which is a source of major fire. Up north this could very well be a handy work of those morons rioting every night in the cities in Portland, Seattle

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    1. These fires are spread over a massive area covering 5-6 different states. One or two may be caused by humans. They do not explain the hundred others around the same time. So stop living in denial

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