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Sandstorm sends air quality index in Xi’an to 5 times the “Hazardous” level

10/03/2013

Yesterday (Friday, 8 March, 2013) was very warm at 30C here in Xi’an. (That’s 86 F for the metrically challenged among you.) It was sunny and nice… But today is really horrible.

I just checked the “air quality index” for Xi’an. … Anything over 300 is rated as “hazardous” … Xi’an is currently at 1532! The temperature dropped by at least 10C from the yesterday.

The picture was taken at 4:00 p.m. … normally the “sunniest” part of the day.

The sand and dirt was so think, it blocked out the sun.

The sand and dirt was so think, it blocked out the sun.

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Now I know why I notified my boss yesterday I won’t be returning for a third year.

As it turned out, it was a dust/sand storm. I see Beijing (900 km / 560 mi away) also got hit. If there was any warning of the storms approach, I certainly didn’t see it. … I only saw this “after the fact” on the China News Daily website. Apparently the warning was issued on Friday: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-03/09/content_16293305.htm

It really was quite amazing to see.

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