Less Wind but Plenty of Smoke

by

Rob Mayeda

The gusty winds here in Southern California are gone. Temps are still in the 90s though. The ash, dust are unkind on contact lenses and allergies and I’m sure those with respiratory issues.

It’s really amazing to me how the firefighters down here did so much with so little. Resources were stretched thin by multiple fires breaking out all the time and maybe only 1-5% of all homes threatened actually burned? Amazing work given the worst of all possible conditions/situations.

Today’s sky — still health advisories due to PM – particulate matter ash/dust — not your average “smog” or ozone-based alerts.

Though we are still talking smoke which is one half of the ‘smog’ word equation of smoke/fog.

Crews are cleaning things up now that the winds have stopped and less danger to work under these things.

This “branch” is actually about 70 feet long, 2-3 feet thick and as large as many trees around here. The scale of the work crew vs. the size of the chopped sections should show you how big that thing was.

Rob Mayeda
NBC11 WeatherPlus Meteorologist

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