Apocalyptic Orange Skies Loom over California

The haunting images show the dire situation caused by the raging wildfires in the region.
Fabienne Lang
Orange skies in San FranciscoJessica Christian/Twitter

Many Californians awoke to a bright orange sky on Wednesday morning. The worst-affected areas were San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland, per CNN reports

The looming and heavy skies are due to wildfires that have been raging throughout the year in California, which have led smoke to rise up into the atmosphere, murking out the area's air quality. 

Sunlight couldn't even break through the heavy orange hues, and with winds blowing the smoke further afield, it doesn't look to be lifting soon. 


National weather service problems

"We just have so much smoke over us right now," said a post on Twitter from the Bay Area’s National Weather Service. "This is beyond the scope of our models so we rely on your reports!... The models do not seem to be keeping up with the thick layer of smoke as far as temperature forecast data, visibility."

Furthermore, the weather service mentioned that as winds slow down, gravity will pull the smoke down — which will make the smog worse.

The smoke is currently so thick that weather forecasts in the area are unreliable as readings can't be read accurately. Meteorologists mentioned to the Verge that they are depending on locals will post their weather reports on social media so that they can adjust their official reports. 

The long smoke plumes that come from the wildfires have so far lasted 25 days and have become the longest stretch of smoke ever to be recorded in California, a Bay Area Air Quality Management District spokeswoman told CNN.

Social media has been exploding with images of Mars-like backdrops, and given how eerie the entire area looks, it's understandable why. 

Some believe climate change has a big role in the matter as higher temperatures lead to drought, lead to dry foliage, and thus fires break out more easily, and with winds transporting smoke and fire more easily, it's easy to see how an event like this would happen.

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