Sugar cane harvesting is just starting to ramp up to high-gear. This weekend we drove by the refinery that is to the north of town and saw 50+ semi trucks filled with sugar cane. The down side to this is that a lot of farmers burn the fields as part of the harvesting process, which makes the air quality awful here.
I walked out of the house on a nice sunny day last week, and noticed little bits of black floating to the ground nearby, when I went to look at one closer, it was clearly a bit of charred husk. Then after that the soot got really bad. I was burning some DVDs for the sisters, and after leaving one of them on the coffee table for an hour, it had a whole bunch of black flecks on it. I’m expecting that we’ll have to do a lot of cleaning over the next few weeks.
Then the other night right before sunset, we saw our first big plume from a fire somewhere west of town. We went up to the top of the Institute to take some pictures of it…here’s the best one (click for full resolution):
I also took a short video of it:
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