The atmospheric pattern stoking California's record-breaking heat wave this week has also played a role in causing extreme lightning storms that have sparked scores of wildfires, weather and fire officials said on Tuesday.
Yep, and, go figure, I picked the worst time possible to come back to the Bay Area. I'm in San Jose right now, and the air quality index is around 150, categorized as "unhealthy". The family and I are just sitting inside with the windows closed and the HVAC unit turned off. If conditions deteriorate, we might try to head back north again.