SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – It’s never a good day when you can actually see the air you breathe.
The sky over the Bay Area on Tuesday was a variety of shades of gray and orange, a combination of smoke from all fires and overcast skies. The hot, sultry gray-orange is the official color of 2020.
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“It’s a very strange day,” said Lynn Sanchez of Walnut Creek. “It’s hot, it’s humid, we’re ready for autumn. We want to see some sunshine, we want to see the sky, and that just wasn’t possible. “
When we went to the shitty air on Week 4, it was time to check out the brand new air filter I had installed in our HVAC system on Aug 19th when the fires started. Three weeks later, the bright white filter had turned a dingy gray.
Most of the fine dust particles in the air were high in the atmosphere on Tuesday, at least in the early hours of the morning. Before lunch, San Jose had a decent AQI of 59. But by 2pm it was up to 152.
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On Tuesday we found people on Communication Hill in San Jose who were exercising outdoors despite the bad air. Residents Stacy Ramsey and Gabriel Fernandez said they just had to find a way out.
“Especially after I’ve been in quarantine the whole time,” Ramsey said. “Being in a house all the time is depressing.”
For asthmatic Timothy Gutierrez, these days are difficult because he doesn’t have air conditioning at home and literally has to vacuum it.
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“If it gets too hot, I just open the window,” says Gutierrez. “About a week and a half ago, when it got really bad, I just had to hold on.”