Sunday, 19 August 2018

Smokey

Current weather: Smoke :(

I've chosen not to ride this week because the air quality has been so bad due to all the wildfires. I'm definitely not complaining, because we're pretty lucky to only have to limit our outdoor time and not worry about evacuations or losing property.

Daytime, not filtered cell phone pic from the last time this happened. This weekend's conditions are nearly identical - it's very yellow outside and visibility is low.

This weekend was the Campbell Valley three day event I've loved riding in the past two years. I was very sad to miss it this year, but looking at the weather, there's no way I would have risked Bridget out there, given her history of off and on COPD. Fingers crossed hard, it's been under control with a change of hay supplier and a new living situation this past year. I haven't needed meds for her in two years now, which is great! But, I'm still very cautious with her -  she's my once in a lifetime pony who I want to live a very long and happy life!

The leaves are falling off the trees, it's been so dry, Bridget views that as an opportunity tho. She vacuums them right up!

Cross your fingers for some rain for everyone who needs it. This is the second summer in a row with exceptionally hot and dry weather and very little measurable rain. The town I work in is actually in danger of running out of water in their lakes/reservoir, which is crazy given this is normally the "Wet Coast".
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  1. It would be so hard to do anything with all that smoke! I really hope that it rains soon!

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    1. I couldn't even breathe just driving to work this morning, and still coughing now. I feel really badly for everyone with existing health issues dealing with this air, or those who are more directly affected by the fires.

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  2. Henry got pneumonia in the smoke last year so I am also a cautious one. I can't believe how bad our air quality is in Alberta :( , I sure hope the fires are under control soon.

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    1. I saw that they postponed xc day due to air quality at one of the events there this past weekend. I hope Henry doesn't struggle with the smoke this year. On the radio this morning they said air quality here, on a 1-10 scale is "10 plus". Gross.

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  3. ugh that smoke is so scary - hoping you get the rain you need soon!!

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    1. I keep telling myself winter will be here before we know it and we'll be back to the status quo of worrying about flooding and mud :)

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  4. Your weather is just like Ulan Bator! I'm hoping for a wet winter everywhere, but not holding my breath.

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    1. I'd actually like to go to Mongolia, but not any part with air quality like this!

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  5. It just started to get Smokey here, but not nearly as bad as you guys have it :(

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