Salt Lake has the worst air in the country right now. In fact, the air quality is worse than Beijing. We're in the 11th day of our famous winter inversion that occurs pretty much every January (cold, stagnant air gets trapped in the valleys where pollutants just continue to build up, while clean air and warmer temperatures are found at the higher elevations such as at the ski resorts). The temperature finally rose above freezing today and I decided I needed to get out of the house. I headed to Farmington Bay for some afternoon birding. I saw more people out there than birds. Everything is frozen solid with very few spots of running water for ducks. But despite the low numbers and the nasty air, it felt really good to get out of the house. They are predicting a change in the weather with winds tomorrow to scour out the foul air, and then a big snowstorm charging down on us from the north, with about a foot of snow expected at my house and a return to the sub-freezing high temps. Well, at least the smog should be gone.
Here are the best photos from today's trip.
Kestrel on a wire. Looking straight up, the sky looked blue overhead. I saw quite a few kestrels today.