Portland, Oregon USA 2015.
– This past June I was startled to see some really odd looking clouds over me. The weather that day was unseasonably warm but not too unusual. These clouds were mostly in the lower to mid levels of the atmosphere.
New oddities showed up over a number of days.
During this time a hot dry ridge of high pressure was setting up over the PNW that has held until this writing on August 26.
Over the following days everything in PDX dried out the air, trees, soil. There was a snapping sensation as all moisture was expelled. Like kiln dried or second crack (coffee roasting). I felt it. It smelled acrid, and much like a condensed odor of dry-rot. I live in a 100 year old wooden building that seemed to give up its last bit of moisture to the air. There was rapid expelling of moisture that had been lock in the wood for decades.
This intense and quick drying must have been regional in scope too. It’s no wonder the Pacific Northwest is burning in explosive wildfires.
There is no way that I will accept ‘drought’ as a driver for this. This is the desertification of Cascadia.
“The US record fire season should not be viewed as an event in isolation. Nor should it be viewed as normal — new or otherwise. It’s an upshot of extraordinarily warm waters in the Northeastern Pacific shoving hot airs northward into regions that typically experience cool, wet weather. The climate of the Desert Southwest has been forced into Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Montana.” – robertscribbler.com
This is an ominous sign of extreme and ‘unprecedented’ climate change brought upon us by the unbridled burning of fossil fuels.
More to the point, we have an undeclared state of climate emergency confronting us. It is our children’s future.
Our atmosphere is nearing total, in human livability terms — collapse.
We must turn back from what we have created — we must.
Photos of cloud and atmospheric oddities preceding the latter half of June as a hot dry ridge established itself in the PNW and PDX.
PHOTOS: DT LANGE 2015