When the Wind Shifts
This unedited photo was taken 10 minutes ago from the balcony of the church. The normal winds coming off the ocean, bringing cool weather and blue skies, shifted late this afternoon, bringing to soot laden clouds from the Los Padres "Day Fires" burning over 100,000 acres out in the wilderness. The immediate effect is the bronzing of the sun. Next comes warmer night air than day air. The winds in the desert hit 60 mph, fanning the fires dangerously (not for us in Santa Barbara). If the winds play out like last week, the morning will bring a light dusting of ash and thick air all day. Interesting stuff!