September 23rd marks the first day of autumn this year, but that is normally an irrelevant day in this part of the US. This morning I had the air-conditioning turned off and the doors open for the first time in a while, so perhaps this season will be different. I read a few months ago that the El Nino currents were still in place, which would account for a lack of a summer monsoon season. Another wet winter and spring would certainly be welcome, especially if followed by another spectacular wildflower season.
The cooler air also means we’ve made it through the worst of forest fire season. Our forests have been spared from significant sized fires. Surprisingly, of all places, the worst one this season was in southern Arizona. The Woodbury Fire lasted for about a month and consumed over 120,000 acres. Rugged terrain, inaccessibility, and summer heat were the contributing factors keeping that one from being extinguished quickly.
My closest mountain retreat, pictured above, did not have to deal with closures or fires this summer. Every autumn, I keep feeling like we just made it through another round of Russian Roulette. So many dry years, and just enough careless people visiting the forests push the odds in favor of the fires. Let’s hope for a few more El Nino winters.
September 12, 2019 at 12:37 am
Incredible photo! 🙂 One sure hopes that there will not be many fires. The environment, as a whole, is in trouble (due to man).
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September 12, 2019 at 12:59 am
I know California’s fires have happened later in the year, but I think the rest of the west has cleared the heat of summer (and the worst of the fire season). I can’t imagine what condition our planet would be in right now if it weren’t for the efforts of Greenpeace, Sierra Club, etc. and all the individuals willing to take on corporations and governments that believe the earth is theirs for the taking.
September 12, 2019 at 1:08 pm
My wife and i belong to the Sierra Club and donate to it on a monthly basis. We are probably going to put the Sierra Club as being a major beneficiary of our will.
Experiencing very accurate premonitions runs in our family. I am 67 and, when i was a young kid, i had a premonition that the earth would be polluted to deadly extremes by man. I sure wish that there was something that we could do to wake more people up (environmentally). What a sad joke the current U.S. government is.