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If we had believed in omens…

Here’s why the sun looks red this week | 

The sun has appeared with a red hue across much of the northern United States this week due to smoke from wildfires on the West Coast and in Canada.The smoke has blown all the way across the continent due to air currents in the upper atmosphere and has even caused an air quality advisory for some areas.

The smoke essentially acts like an Instagram filter for the sky – sunlight naturally interacts with very small particles in the atmosphere and scatters colors in the visible spectrum. With more scattering taking place than usual, red (the color with the longest wavelength) appears more prominently.

Or as Neo would have it in  Red sun – The New Neo

It wasn’t just the red color that was odd, although that was the strangest thing. The sun also had a more circular appearance with sharper borders than usual, because there were no rays emanating from it.

It’s an extremely strange feeling to see a phenomenon so unusual affecting something you see nearly every day. It’s not hard to understand how humans of long ago felt that such things were omens of great import.

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  • ghostsniper July 28, 2021, 4:30 AM

    Last night I saw a couple stars, first time in weeks.
    During the day the sky looks dead.
    Imagine if that smoke was something else.

  • Yaacov July 28, 2021, 7:17 AM

    They try to blame it on climate change whereas the real cause is the ignorant, emotionally infantile management of forestry that has held sway as Progressives have assumed the arrogant position that they can control everything – including nature. They put out the small brush fires so long that there is now enough fuel built up to incinerate the trees and the soil itself. This is the perfect metaphor for what is happening to our politics. The whole January 6th inquisition and the destruction of civic order and republican balance of the last year are burning the very soil in which the republic is rooted. There its indeed a red sun rising.
    The saddest thing is that even they don’t believe in these absurd and nihilistic ideas they stand behind. They are doing it for personal gain and power- https://thedeeperthought.com/2021/07/24/beware-the-ideology-pimps/

  • Dirk July 28, 2021, 7:43 AM

    Forest management, here The Bootleg fire at 450.000 acres is what USFS calls forest management. The utter incompetent management top down, bottom up.

    Have three associates whom ranch. All have received bills totaling millions for fires on their land. Never mind that the fires were started by forestry management who were burning slash piles in thirty mile per hour winds.

    How is it that fires started by the govt are exempt from law suit, yet a farmer or rancher who’s out mowing grass per fed regulations is held criminally accountable.

    The corruption is laughable any more.

    A rancher or farmer with land holdings with timber, he/she have saved for later harvest, is burned out by a govt set fire, loosing millions in timber, and he/she are shit out of luck, o well.

    Won’t be long and our wild land firefighters who are paid 15.00 ish an hour will start going down to smoke caused cancers. Hell regular mom and pop citizens from forest fire smoke for the negligence USFS caused by failing to maintain the forests.

    We had rain here yesterday, rained all day long, from 100 degree days to rain, was wonderful. Helped slow the Bootleg fire down to the north. Supposed to be in the90s today we woke to heavy fog! Kinda bitchen really.

    Only relief here, is go to the coast. Yet it’s difficult to find a camp site, EVERYBODIES at the coast.

    The only camp ground we have found wants 115.00 a day ! Someone’s on drugs if their paying that nonsense.


  • EX-Californian Pete July 28, 2021, 8:20 AM

    I don’t bow to superstition, but that red sun is more than an omen- it’s a warning sign that Commiefornia and a few other western states are facing potential demise.

    Severe drought, severe fires, severe heat waves, severe liberalism, all the necessary catastrophic ingredients for extinction.

    Yaakov- I agree 100%. Liberals spend taxpayer monies on homeless druggies, Crazy Trains, CRT bullshit, LGBTPXYZ crap, and illegal aliens- instead of important things like desalinization plants, forest management, and way-overdue infrastructure upgrades and repairs.

    CA Gov. Jerry Brown (liberal puke) vetoed (for unknown reasons) a wildfire management bill in 2016 that BOTH parties miraculously agreed on- that probably would have prevented a majority of the huge damage caused by wildfires over the last 1/2 decade.



    Dirk- reading about those ranchers getting billed and the timber losses is rage-inducing. That’s beyond insanity. Glad you got some way-overdue rainfall, and hope you get tons more.

  • Vanderleun July 28, 2021, 9:04 AM

    Glad Dirk’s got some rain. We got two sprinkles yesterday in Chico.

    I second the observation that EVERYBODY’S on the coast camping. Saw that last month in Ft. Bragg on the north coast of California. All motels filled…. all official campgrounds filled… tents along the beaches everywhere. The whole country’s gone on a long vacation. Can’t blame them.

  • Dirk July 28, 2021, 9:43 AM

    We need the rain, we’re in the super drought, California and Oregon historically thin forests in the winter time, after they lay off the seasonal firefighters. Makes perfect sense to me. Have a look at the USFS, BOR budget, look at management costs. Staggering.

    We thought the Trumpster was on to something when he was moving BOR and other national resource outfits to the west coast, where 80% of federal lands exist. Clearly managing west coast assets, from the east coast just isn’t in We The People’s, best interest.


  • enn ess July 28, 2021, 9:51 AM

    Three weeks here and fire still running rampant throughout the PNW. Haze and smoke 24/7 temps 90+daily with forays into the 100’s. No rain in sight (I’m guessing till at least end of Sept.).
    Red Sky in the morning, sailors warning – Red sky at night, sailors delight.
    Climate change my aching arse. We have climate change 4 times a year here – Mud, Dust, Smoke & Frozen – some call it Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter.
    Climate has been doing that all my life and how many billions of years before that I can only guess. It always will change, until out doesn’t. You can’t fix weather with tax policy no mater how hard you try it simply does not give a fat rats ass.