Polling aside, there are reasons Team Biden might want a selective Sun Belt strategy in the home stretch. Florida, in particular, is a state Trump barely carried in 2016 and can really not afford to lose this year. But the current situation in the Sunshine State offers a reminder that it’s not just Democrats who are capable of geographic targeting. Trump is remaining competitive in Florida in no small part because he is doing extremely well among Cuban Americans and other Latinos concentrated in south Florida. These voters may have been the most important targets of all that endless and redundant socialist-bashing at the Republican National Convention. … [Read more...] about Is the Rust Belt or the Sun Belt the Key Battleground Region in 2020?
Do bromeliads like sun or shade
I wish I were writing a fantasy novel. I am not. This was just Wednesday's air in the Bay Area, Wednesday's weather, three weeks into this year's fire season. Tuesday's air was pretty good, but on Wednesday we had fog and smoke and ash and no light. Where we are, ash aside, the air metrics are actually not hugely terrible—maybe 70 on the air quality index (AQI), which we rate as OK, since for our family (no asthma, thank heavens, reasonable health) the air only starts to be really terrible at 150, depending on which web site you check. … [Read more...] about In California, the sun never rose on Wednesday
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) September 9, 2020 Some people noticed that snapping photos on their smartphones produced images that didn’t quite match the intense oranges and reds of the sky. According to Chronicle photo staffers, that’s because digital cameras have an auto setting to correct for color and exposure. The camera is trying to make the blacks appear black, and whites appear white, so it diminishes the intensity of the sky’s color. Digital cameras also tend to have trouble processing colors on the red spectrum. … [Read more...] about ‘The day the sun didn’t come up’: People in Bay Area share surreal photos of orange skies
"We’re not in the clear and probably not until late in the weekend," said Garcia. "It looks like we should get an overall pattern shift in winds going from west to east. Those are westerly winds. It’s not the ocean sea breeze, but the jet stream setting up." … [Read more...] about ‘It’s like nuclear winter’: Dolores Park on the day the sky turned orange
“Think of your eye as a magnifying glass, the cornea and lens focus the light coming in onto the retina — remember as kids how you could use a magnifying glass to focus sunlight and get things to get hot or burn? Same process in our eyes.” … [Read more...] about California wildfires: Is it safe to look at the sun through the smoke?