Smoke. We’ve not had as bad fire seasons as in 2000-2007. But it’s been dry, as aforementioned, and the fires are what you get in the PNW the way you get tornadoes to cope with in the south. Unlike tornadoes, however, you do get to choose whether to live in the piney woods or not…and not is best, really, because if fire gets started in a canyon, it can be up the slope incredibly fast. We’ve seen the choppers working fires, scooping up water and dumping it, right beside I-90. And you always feel sad for the wildlife, though by this season most of the babies are flying or running as fast as the adults. And for the people who’ve been unlucky. Unlike tornadoes, which have a lot of unpeopled land to spread out their statistics—so that a strike in populated areas is rarer than tornadoes themselves are—with fires, they happen along highways where people are thoughtless with cigarettes, and around scenic areas, where there are people careless with cigarettes, and of course if you think you’re going to get rain—you may instead get lightning, which is the OTHER really frequent cause.
So here we go. We keep the windows shut and rely on our air purifiers and hope that the promised rain is really rain and not a lightning storm with no rain at all.