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If you live in California, you might say it’s been “a little hot” lately. Between record-shattering heatwaves that saw 121-degree Fahrenheit (49.44 Celsius) temperatures in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills to the record-shattering wildfires ravaging the state from north to south, it IS hot in the Golden State. And “apocalyptic” That, too! Very much apocalyptic!
The wildfires in the north of the state have been the largest and most severe in terms of numbers, breadth and destruction of both property and life. So much so that the smoke and glow from fires near San Francisco have been casting the metropolis in a dark, ominous orange smog in the middle of the day. It’s eerie, yet beautiful in spite of the catastrophic disaster that’s created these conditions. It looks a lot like Los Angeles, another California city, as imagined in the establishment shots of the cityscape scenes in the Bladerunner films. Very Bladerunner-esque. Who needs VFX when you’ve got wildfires? (Hey, Ridley Scott, you following this?)
Anyway, as for the heat, we can personally attest to it. It was 111 degrees Fahrenheit at our L.A. office a week ago, the same day of that record temperature in Woodland Hills, which is literally about six miles as the crow flies from our headquarters. So, yeah, it’s been “a little hot’ lately!
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