Lovely day in Denver today. Not. In fact, today the city’s air was rated fifth worst in the world among major cities. Also second worst in the Western Hemisphere, coming in just behind Santiago, Chile.
For the record, the air quality index was 110, whatever that means. But it’s the rankings that get one’s attention.
Yes, some of it is Denver’s own home-grown ozone, a problem here for decades because of the geography (“down by the river” with mountains immediately to the west) and heavy traffic. But the majority of it today was smoke from fires in Oregon, Washington, and southwest Canada.
And it’s supposed to get even worse Saturday.
No politics in this story. Mother Nature is having a hissy fit and isn’t likely to calm down any time soon.