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Discussion: Smoke

in: Swampfox; Swampfox > 2018-08-16

Aug 19, 2018 2:59 AM # 
So for the past weeks we have been breathing the CA fire smoke. Now you are telling me we get to breathe it again?
Aug 19, 2018 2:31 PM # 
No worries, George, we're on it. We've had three companies in this weekend to demo their smoke abatement products.

Company A had Friday to show off their stuff, and while they got a nice storm brewing up by early afternoon with impressive pyrotechnics, the rain (which is the main cleansing agent) was wide of the mark and well east of the National Forest boundary, with only small amounts of rain hitting the designated target zone (Pelican Bay.)

Company B was at the plate yesterday and delivered nicely: some soft rain that fell steadily for at least 2 hours in the morning, and then, to show off their entire range, they had three different storm cells pass directly over the Laramie Valley at intervals during the afternoon.

Company C is working the day as I write, and already they've impressed with light rain that they fired off at about 5 am, and which continues to fall with completely overcast skies and a degree of coolness that would make you swear you must be in Iceland.

But even the best rainmakers can only do so much. At some point, you folks out on the west coast are going to have to do something about all these fires. Of course we realize that the goal is to turn all of California into a giant almond plantation, but burning the existing forests is only one method to make room for the almonds. Clear cutting would work almost as well, with much less smoke involved. And can I recommend the pine beetle? Which can be genetically modified as necessary, to take on the non-pine forest areas. They work for free, never go on strikes, and are reliably Democratic.
Aug 19, 2018 4:51 PM # 
Beyond impressed.

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