Orange Haze Over the San Francisco Bay Area

What’s new in the Golden State?

In California, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is nearing 750,000.

During this past 3-day Labor Day weekend (September 5-7, 2020), temperatures fluctuated between 97-103 °F (36-39 °C) in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live.

On Sunday morning, we had a relatively small (yet still scary to me) 3.4 magnitude earthquake.

At the same time, wildfires burned throughout the state. Sadly, hundreds of firefighters are still trying to contain them.

Today is Wednesday, September 9, 2020 and look at the sky:

Skies over San Francisco: Sept. 9, 2020 at 9:45 am (PDT)

I took this picture with my phone (no filter) at 9:45 am (PDT) today, which also happens to be the 170th anniversary of California’s statehood.

The orange glow is said to be a result of wildfire smoke that’s trapped in the atmosphere, which explains why there is no smoky smell.

Apocalyptic. Beautiful. Confusing. Dramatic. Eerie.

These are some of the words I’m hearing to describe today’s skies. It’s a bit disorienting, too. Is it dawn or dusk, a sunrise or a sunset? But since it’s not changing, it’s like the sky is on pause.

What does the sky look like where you are?


  1. My sons both live in SF and also sent me photos. I think apocalyptic is a good word to describe what you are experiencing out there right now. It’s very worrisome. Climate change is real and it’s happening now!

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  2. The haze has been pretty bad here in LA, too. I was also shocked to see such a red sun when I went outside this past weekend. I know it’s common occurrence to have wildfires in CA around this time of year, but 2020 especially has been a crazy one to have it once more. Stay safe, Darlene!

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    1. Wow, our orange sky made international news! Today, I’m happy to report that we have normal-looking skies. It’s overcast, with a slight tinge of yellow, but not as dramatic as yesterday! Stay safe, too 😘

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  3. Those skies and everything that has gone on beneath them…there are really no words! Stay safe and take care. Here’s hoping for better , calmer times ahead.

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