The western wildfires currently in progress are having a huge effect on the clarity of the atmosphere here in the greater Denver area. The California wildfire in particular is discharging vast quantities of smoke into the atmosphere. Here, one thousand miles downwind, we are enjoying hazy days and spectacular sunrises and sunsets owing to the smoke in the air. Last night as the moon reached the meridian, it resembled a moon in partial eclipse in terms of the reddish aspect of its appearance. The long carbon footprint of California is casting a shadow upon us.