Friday, August 14, 2015 — The atmosphere is tan.

It is 4:30 pm.  Wildfires are burning and wind is blowing and here, in Spokane, the temperature is F 88 degrees.

US 395 at Ritzville, leading to the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Kennewick and Richland) is closed.  The I-90 flashing signs in Spokane told of the closure.  The closure was not due to smoke, or fire.  Rather, it was due to dust.