I woke up this morning in St. Albans Vt. thinking the house might be on fire. I smelled smoke.
The house is fine. Forests in Quebec are not. It’s really smoky outside because of some big forest fires in Quebec. There’s a north wind, and the breeze is blowing that smoke down here into Vermont.
I went outside early this morning and the moon was a strange orange. I wanted to cough right away and my eyes teared up some. Not a lot, but it was vaguely uncomfortable.
As dawn breaks, visibility is poor. Usually I can easily see Lake Champlain from my house. Not this morning. I can barely see into the city of St. Albans, two miles away.
The first pic in this post shows the view from St. Albans hill, overlooking the city of St. Albans and Lake Champlain on a clear day. Second pic is this morning in the smoke.
I will be exerting myself outside a lot today, and the smoke is not good for my lungs. They tell even healthy people like me to take it easy because of the smoke particulates in the air. But I gotta work.
Up in Montreal, news reports say a lot of people have called emergency numbers, reporting smoke, but city officials are telling people not to worry. Normal activity, even in this smoke, won’t hurt much, we’re told.
NECN is reporting smoke is covering much of the northeastern half of New England.
Luckily, the wind is expected to shift to the south during the day today, and that will push the smoke away.