Solar happenings

You’ve likely heard: there’s a solar eclipse visible today in much of the United States. It will be more dramatic further south of Sequim, in Oregon. The sun here will be 90% obscured…if morning clouds don’t help with the job. I plan to watch but my camera will have the day off. I’ve got viewing glasses but, alas, no protection for its lens.

Summer with a vengeance

We’re sharing Canada’s misery. As of yesterday afternoon there were around 23 wildfires burning in British Columbia. Easterly winds have brought the smoke onto the Olympic Peninsula, hidden the mountains, and made air quality somewhere in the range from poor to downright terrible. The view into the Dungeness Recreation Area looks foggy here but that’s smoke. These conditions have occurred before but this is the worst I’ve experienced since my days in California where the state underwent regular incineration.

And yesterday was my hottest day yet in Sequim. The number on the upper left is the outside temp, 99 degrees Fahrenheit…or 37 for those who operate in Celsius. We don’t get temperatures like this here. Not usually.

Ignore that rain icon in the middle. Our weather station seems to throw that in regularly just to keep things interesting.

I’m always chasing rainbows

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We’ve had plenty of rain — and wind — lately. The day I took this last week we had several squalls that featured horizontal rain. In between we had rainbows. And as I raced to catch this one I noticed it was a double rainbow. Can you see the faint second one to the left in this shot? It’s very faint.

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Here’s the other end of the same rainbow. You can see the second one a little better on the right.

The wild weather isn’t over yet. Snow — not common around here — has been forecast.