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Ah yes. It’s that time of year. Winter is over. Spring is just around the corner. Hope is on the horizon. The cold clenching death of Winter has almost passed. But not yet. While Winter is in its last death throws, it makes sure to fart out its last act of spite: Yellow Dust season.

There’s a lot to say about Yellow Dust and we didn’t talk about it all, simply because it’s pretty difficult for us to talk now. Hot damn it did a number on us yesterday. We don’t usually wear face masks out. I feel really claustrophobic in those face masks. And, hell, did you ever burp in one of those? It’s like hotboxing yourself in nasty gastric fumes. Not fun. But we’ll make ourselves wear them this time of year when the Yellow Dust levels get too high.

A few interesting things we read about Yellow Dust: supposedly it’s a lot worse because of deforestation: the sands would be blocked a bit if there were trees in the path of the wind that carries the dust. South Korea supposedly gave China a bunch of trees to plant to try to help inhibit the Yellow Dust, but China decided to plant them by highways instead, because WHUTCHU GONNA DO TO STOP US? No, I’m sure there’s a better reason for that. Right? There’s gotta be. Guise?

One thing we want to mention, if it wasn’t clear enough in our fumbling around with the topic, is that we’re not scientists and we don’t know the official terms for any of this. I know some people use a different unit of measurement, like PMs, and they measure the size of the particles or something. I don’t know. We use the UUUU-gram measurement, and we’ve found that the crappiness we feel directly corresponds with the higher the u number measurement. So, if you’re in Seoul and want to keep up to date with the air quality, you can follow the Yellow Dust Robot, or you can use this site if you’re not a Twitter user. Soo Zee just uses Naver for her info.

Side note: I remember when we first arrived in Norway when we started our European Tour last year. We flew right from Korea to England, but we didn’t leave Heathrow Airport. From there we caught our plane to Norway. When we got out of the airport in Norway, we freaked out when we smelled how clean the air was there. I was like a dog in a car sticking his head out the window sniffing everything like mad. It was so delicious. The difference is clearly perceptible. For those of you living in countries with clean air, don’t take it for granted. It’s lovely. I wish I could breathe in air like that regularly. I’m actually a bit worried about what the long term effects are of being in a place of poor air quality. How many years of our lives are we tossing away?

So, that’s it for our ramblings about Yellow Dust. Let us know if you’re in the area and you experience it, or if you know anything else about it.

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  1. In the UK, not very often maybe like once every 2 years or something we get sand from the Sahara Desert and this like sand/dust covers cars and makes them dirty. But I don’t think it’s toxic or anything but like I said before it barely happens.

  2. This guy ships Goat cheese and its fantastic!!!!!! https://www.facebook.com/waegfarm

  3. Just got back from our month in Korea and Japan, back home to to Scotland, and oh my god! The air quality difference is huge! Even in London the air seemed fresher than in Seoul. But when I got home to my leeedle island I felt I could breathe and didn’t have to chew air that had already been chewed a thousand times before. I’m glad I visited, but I wouldn’t be able to live there :/

  4. Sarah Elizabeth Knight

    For me, my seasonal woes were mosquitoes so bad they literally formed clouds (of pain ;-;), in heat so hot and humid that you’d be soaked the second you step outside by both water and sweat, and pollen that could completely cover cars in a pretty shade of neon yellow. Southeast Texas sucks, man.

  5. Amy F ;)

    We have clean air where I live. I will try to be more thankful for it. As it is, when I travel, as soon as I get close to home I literally roll down the window and gulp in the clean air. Yes, my husband thinks its weird.
    My new favorite snack: goat cheese spread with mashed mango on salt and pepper potato chips :)

  6. keilyn505

    im from hilo, hawaii and the air is pretty clean here. the vog would probably be the main air issue. there’s not really a certain time of year, just depends on the winds. when it gets really bad the air looks very hazy and you can smell the sulfur. sometimes you can see it even though it doesnt look too hazy. it’s because of the volcanoes and Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983 so there ya go.

  7. Richard Hollingsworth

    The dust comes from the Loess Plateau. This is extremely fine, ~400 microns sized dust particles. This travels across the Chinese industrial area and picks up all the pollutants. I have seen a rating of 1950 down in Gunsan (chart goes to 1000), I could not see the mountain 1/4 mile away. I use Korean Meteorological Agency Government website (www.kma.go.kr), down right now with everyone checking yellow wind numbers, also not a intuitive website for navigation. English site helps, but limited on services. Former Meteorologist, and yes, I can taste the dust today.

  8. Ok here in the Missouri we have pollen..LOL…yeah the news will tell us if pollen is High today or not due to allergies.. Also every day you can see computerized signs along the highway that will tell you if it is a Yellow Day or Green Day which means how bad the pollution is in the air..when its yellow it means its bad and for people to carpool as much as possible.

  9. I live in North Carolina (kinda like at the very middle of the east coast of the US) and any day now we’re probs gonna start getting this icky little green inch worms of dorm. They are every where. EVERY WHEEEEEEEERRRREEEeeee…
    Anyways, they eat away at trees and they fly on these long, sticky, nearly invisible strings of terror. And people run into them all the time and they eat people’s hair and GAH.
    Until they finally show up, we have 50-bajillion kph winds. Yay.

  10. Here in Cleveland, the Canadians have not given up on their mission to murder us. in Cleveland, everyone goes outside because it finally stopped snowing, then it snows out of nowhere. This sucks, but probably not as bad as yellow dust^^ Fighting!

  11. i grew up in a mountain valley with a city in it (salt lake city, utah) and during an inversion, the polution has no where to go, being in a mountain valley, and thus the air becomes very brown, and people are encouraged to stay inside as much as possible.

  12. Well I live live in Mendoza, Argentina and here you could say we have some sort of yellow dust we call it Viento Zonda. Sometimes it’s so bad that all social activities are suspended and it is very dangerous to go outside. But the difference is that Viento Zonda can appear in any time of the year especially during summer :/. The Viento Zonda comes with sand and some other particles and wind, the wind can get up to 200 km/h or more which can tear trees down. destroy houses and pick up cars so it’s pretty dangerous. I was once caught in the storm and trust me it’s horrible you can’t see were your going you can’t breath it’s pretty bad.

  13. Here in Iceland we have a problem with the ashes from volcano eruptions. Every time that happens the cloud shuts down all air traffic where it spreads, for example, the last time the volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted (2010) it shut down flights all over Europe for a week or more. And down on earth the ash is a big problem too. It can cause breakdowns in cars because the ash has so tiny particles it can get everywhere. Children are not allowed out to play when this is ongoing, and people are urged not to go outside unless absolutely necessary because of the hazard. Last summer (2012) there was still ash flying around if there were heavy winds making it unsafe to go outside, two years later.

    The photos show how the cars close to the eruption looked after a few days. The middle one shows the ash cloud from Eyjafjallajökull nearing Reykjavík, Icelands Capital. And one shows how Icelanders reacted to the last time Hekla erupted, Hekla (a volcano) has been due to erupt for some months now, and it is known to black out parts of Europe when it goes.

    best wishes Hjördis from iceland

  14. Eat Your Kimcheese?!?!?!?! :D

  15. Oh god in northeastern America we’ve had an issue sometimes during the summer when it doesn’t snow enough during the winter and doesn’t get cold enough and we get plagues of Japanese beetles. They’re everywhere, they land on anything and they eat practically anything so plants are reduced to skeletons usually by July. They’re annoying and gross and they smell when they die. And the freaking cicadas. MOST TERRIFYING THING EVER WHEN CLIMBING TREES. THEY ARE HUGE AND LOUD AND LOOK LIKE HORSEFLIES AND ARE EVERYWHERE DURING THE SUMMER OH MY GOD THE TERROR OF PUTTING YOUR HAND ON ONE WHILE CLIMBING A TREE.

    And there’s the year round potato/stink bugs. Which get everywhere. And are creepy and annoying and you can’t squish them because they smell like rotten eggs and rat poop and the smell doesn’t go away for hours. But they’re tiny and not very scary.

  16. P.S. If you wore a face mask ova’ here, you would be laughed at. People would see you as “SO the foreign whimp!!” NEVER have I seen any Israelis or Arabs wear them. Californians are more, “It’s cool dude” and are pretty laid back about wearing masks. They DON’T like the sticky nasty weather that comes with the dust though. Then it rains and that’s one of the few things we DO freak out about. Earthquakes, “eh”:)

  17. Shalom and Salaam fellow nasties:) (Would a Californian be a “golden nasty”??:) I am a So. California transplant living in Israel. BOTH places have dust storms. In Cali., they’re called “Santa Anas/Santa Ana winds”. We get them mostly in the Fall, but some in the Spring. In Israel, they’re called “Shiravim” (Hebrew) or “Hamsin” (Arabic). Yucky, sticky and nasty all ova’:( Cars also look crusty, but usually they clear out (In both places) and the weather is great pretty much all year round:) Yep, very similar climates. Jerusalem is like LA and can have a light haze, but not like LA was decades ago!!! (I’ve seen photos….Terrible!.)

  18. I live in Melbourne, and we don’t get dust storms or anything. But almost every year we do get bush fires during summer especially during heat waves when we have like a week of 40 or above temperatures. The government does run a lot of awareness and on high risk days we get texts from the police telling us to be careful if we live in a certain region. But there’s only so much you can do. Sometimes it gets really bad and houses get burnt down and lives are lost, and the day after you can smell to soot in the air from the city.

  19. My sister went to Shanghai last year, and she had no idea it was yellow dust season. It was early in the morning so it was misty. She thought it was just mist but when she got back to the place she was staying at (she was there as a part of an art exhibition), they were asking her why she wasn’t wearing a mask and stuff.

    She then got really sick afterwards, and when she came back to NZ, she had this terrible fever and stuff.

  20. I have a question do you guys know anything about Sasang typology? or have been to a Korean medicine clinic?

  21. I didnt realize the yellow dust was that bad… i should start wearing a mask… it explains why my eyes hurt every day.
    I just use drops every morning.. thank you for enlightening me!!

    As for the cheese i dont remember if i said this before but i think there already IS a cheese botique.. shop. Thing. In Gangnam. Just heard rumors. Never been there.

  22. In Tunisia, in September, I remember going around in town and no one was out? My eyes started to feel itchy and I started to cough pretty bad. My aunts explained to me later that after the summer season ends, there’s like a yellow dust storm that comes from The Sahara and spreads to the whole North Africa region. It’s horrible but not as much as how the korean yellow dust storm is to you guys; people who go out don’t wear masks but they cover their eyes with sunglasses.

  23. I get itchy eyes & cough-y when I’m around dust normally cause I’m allergic (being in dusty places or when I clean my room especially).. I can’t imagine how bad my allergies would be if I were in Korea with the yellow dust (even if it’s not only dust stuff).

    Here, I don’t think we have many super bad things.. The only thing we really have to worry about here is hurricane season & the heat in summer (I’m in Florida).. We also have a lot of mosquitoes where I am, so if it’s been rainy/hot (aka summer) & you go out at night, you just get assaulted by them. Oh, which reminds me of “love bugs” who are harmless, but also LOVE to assault & bother you when they’re here.

  24. Umm…guys, that little “u” in the level reading stands for “micro” and is actually an “M” not a “U”. I’m pretty sure you know that already but my geeky brain won’t let me go. Engineer in the house!

    I’ve been living in Dubai for the past 3 years and dust storms are freaking awesome here, you can actually see it approaching in a Mummy-like scene. And I swear it doesn’t matter if you’re indoors, you still feel like you’re chewing on sand. Last one we had was about a week ago, it was sooo dusty there is no sun. Night time comes and the city is hit with one hell of a thunderstorm, too windy and with hail the size of golf balls. It seemed like a twister made of mud and ice. Spring cleaning took a whole new meaning -.-

  25. Back in Nigeria the air pollution level is fatal. the amount of smoke than comes out of exhaust pipes of vehicles is always beyond toxic levels, and there’s no law stopping them. all industrial cities and towns are forever covered in smoky haze, and everyones just going around breathing what used to be oxygen. we seriously need to adopt the mask wearing thing because ppl are constantly dying from smoke inhalation and lung cancer.
    as a kid i thought this was normal, until i left the country for the 1st time, think i was eight? we went to London and i experienced non-polluted air for the 1st time. it was glorious.
    been in the States for about a decade now and i honestly don’t know if i can survive in that kinda toxic environment as i am now. i haven’t been home since but i hear things haven’t changed much in that respect. i miss home…

  26. I live in Utah and every year we get inversions and have some if the worst air pollution in the world. What happens is the cold air sinks to the valley floors and then warm air settles on top of the cold air. The air doesn’t circulate and so it gets full of pollution. Super tiny pollution molecules float around in the air and get sucked deep onto your lungs. Lots of people have breathing problems because of it. Also, the longer it goes on the murkier the air gets until you feel like you never see the sun because of the murk. It will go on for days and even weeks. The only thing that gets rid of it is a really windy storm.

  27. The µg is short for microgram. The µ is a lower case greek Mu, but since the µ is normally not available on a standard keyboard, a “u” can be used in its place. It appears that the yellowdust robot is measuring the dust by µg per meter squared.

  28. Cecilia Avila

    Don’t think we have anything like that here is Southern California. But we do get a lot of fires in the summer, during the fire season is when we get really bad air quality. The sky gets grey but its all smoke and ash. The streets and cars get covered in white, its all ash. It gets everywhere, if you aren’t careful it will get into your house and it will just look like thick layer of dust. The sun gets really bright red – thats how you know that the “clouds” covering it aren’t clouds but smoke. And on top of that it gets REALLY hot. We had three wild fires in one year a while back, schools had to be cancelled because it wasn’t safe for people to be outside. Even during passing period, going from one class to another you would get all wheezy and start chocking. It was all the ash in your lungs.

  29. i suggest you guys watch the skit”the king of ratings” (from 39:58 – 47:27) from this one korean variety show called KBS Gag Show!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRhwckz64xs&list=UU5BMQOsAB8hKUyHu9KI6yig

    Its really funny and mentions “fine dust” from china towards the end, as well the movie frozen, korea-japan relations, and home advantage in the olympic games… i found this episode hilarious!

  30. And then you became… The Eat Your KimCheese Crew. :D

    Also it’s rennet, Martina! Good luck on your next attempt! :D

    BTW… My “yearly disaster” is what you guys already know: ICE STORMS~! That was fun, but luckily not that bad every year!

  31. In Canary islands (Spain) we have the “calima”. This is sand from Sahara desert that, time to time cross the Atlantic Ocean and comes to visit us. It’s not so dangerous as the Yellow Dust but…this is the Spanish region where there are more allergic problems.

  32. Romantic Roulette

    I live in north Texas, and some years we get tornadoes everywhere, but I feel really bad for Oklahoma because every year like entire towns are obliterated from tornadoes. Yet they keep building there? Idk, but it’s really scary. And because weather in Texas is so ridiculously unpredictable, it literally can be ANYTIME of the year, though generally it’s between March and August. And there has to be storms usually for one to start. There’s been a bit of a drought so there haven’t been very many the past few years.

    Two Christmas Eve’s ago, there was snow EVERYWHERE, it was below freezing, the snow was a few inches high (which is a lot for where I’m at, Snow is a relatively new thing that’s been happening the past few years) and then we woke up Christmas day and it was like 75 degrees (which is ~25 Celsius I think?). That’s how inconsistent this shit is xD BUT I DIGRESS THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING I’M SORRY ;~;

    Anyways, because Texas is so big, everything is kind of spread out and sprawling, so I don’t think there’s really any pollution problems that you can’t get away from. And even in Downtown, while it’s noticeable to me because I’m kind of sensitive to that stuff, it’s not that bad xD

  33. Krista Gibbs-Castillo
    Krista Gibbs-Castillo

    I personally haven’t experienced Yellow Dust or anything like it here in Florida, BUT! My family is from Trinidad/Venezuela, and I hear from them about something similar. African Sand??? Something like that. Everything you described about Yellow Dust sounds EXACTLY like what they were talking about. From what I recall, during a certain time of the year, sand from Africa blows all the way over the ocean and into Trinidad to make their lives miserable. Cover up guys! Breathing in that stuff does not make for happy time!

  34. I live in the southern United States and we have really terrible pollen counts during the spring (which is especially bad for me because I have pretty nasty pollen allergies) so you’ll see a fine coating of bright yellow dust all over everything. The news usually tells the pollen count for the day and whether or not it’s healthy to stay outside for long periods.

  35. nope.. Sweden is super duper uber safe. We have really bad winters with serious slippery ice on the rode problems on some winters but…. err yeah that’s it. *I’m SUPER lactose intolerant (thank god not milk allergic) and I STILL LOVE CHEESE!* ^.^

  36. I lived in (and never left) Jasper, Alberta for a few months one summer. The air was so clean it was bizarre. When I visited Vancouver at the end of my trip I was almost relieved to breathe in the smog as it reminded me of home lol

  37. Make a tldr on ghosts paranormal-ly thing! Is that weird? Yes but I can’t find anything anywhere on it! Ps never knew what yellow dust was until now!

  38. Well I live in Hong Kong currently, so sometimes we get really horrid pollution that makes it impossible to see other buildings from the window. It’s terrible, and if I walk around for a while outside on days there’s a lot of pollution, I get really horrible headaches. So yeah, I know how you feel but at least there’s no dust particles here~!

  39. Technically Sweden doesn’t have much of natural disasters (besides some storms then and then, but I never actually experienced them), but Umeå, the town I’m living in currently is called ‘Björkarnas stad’, The Birch City basically, and my dad is highly asthemetic, so during spring he can’t really visit D:

  40. Singapore is experiencing the haze season. Not exactly same as yellow dust but similar. Over here it is basically due to forest fire from mostly Indonesia and wind directions blowing towards us . We calculate using PSI which is similar above one hundred is dangerous already. Last year our highest record in years, it hit 400. Malaysia hit 700. Indonesia, you basically cannot see the roads.
    In Geography, we learnt that it is almost impossible to stop because these forest fires are mainly cause by small scale farmers burning for land to grow their crops .

  41. I live in Moscow, Russia, and in 2010 we had the abnormal hot summer – it was up to +40C and even higher, and the problem was that the forests and peatbogs around cities started to burn and as a result we had this huge smog during several weeks. It was impossible to breath normally, lots of people (especially with little kids) left the city for that period. I personally worked as a courier during that time (which means I spent lots of time outdoors) and I was wearing a mask, but it wasn’t much help. There was no fresh air, I felt really bad and intoxicated all the time. Despite the fact that Moscow is an overcrowded city, during that time the streets were almost empty – the only people outside were unlucky tourists, newly-weds and photographers. This video was made during that smog – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZMfMMkFzto. and this is my photo near Moskva-river, which you can’t even see because of the smog – http://i60.tinypic.com/2d1lfo3.jpg

  42. I think I live in a pretty good area whether wise. Apart from the storms and the smoke that happens during fire season when it gets to around 37 degrees. yeah, it gets hot. Like OMG I just made a waterfall and am trailing a line of sweat behind me hot. But yeah, actually it’s pretty nice here in South East Queensland (Australia).

  43. The pollen, or yellow dust is horrible to be honest. Funny how you guys would mention Norway, I live here, but anyways, the yellow dust attack had just started coming when it for some reason started to snow again here in north.. The thing is that the yellow dust attack always gets worse if it gets “delayed” by the snow, and that’s when the clean air here in Norway don’t get as clean as you guys would describe it.. Funny thing is that neither of us use face masks and we sort of just go around like zombies until the end of June cause that’s when nature decides that enough is enough (atleast where I live). I’m extremely allergic to birch pollen which is the worse one here in Norway (If you ignore grass pollen haha) Anyways I think we all take clean air for granted, especially us norwegians.. However in Bergen, which is on the west side of Norway, the toxic level of gass/pollen etc is dangerously high, I live on the other side of Norway so I’ve never experienced it, but even here where the clean air is, it can be bad.. Take care though!

  44. About last month on February 14th , something really interesting happened here in Indonesia (Surabaya) well I’m sure that it has happened before but it was the first time in my life that I’ve actually experienced it . On that day it was raining down volcanic ashes , the “ash rain” was caused by Mount Kelud that exploded on February 13th around 22.50 WIB . On February 14th [Morning] when I was preparing my self to go to school , everything seemed normal and I didn’t feel that there was anything different at all until one of my maid said that it was raining ash outside and I was like “What??” I didn’t understand what she meant by it was raining ash outside until I looked outside my balcony and saw that everything was white and it was still raining ash. At school 80% of my friends wore masks while I wasn’t and I regretted that since I was coughing like crazy at that time . And finally at about 7.45 A.M the principle made an announcement that we , the students , are allowed to go home due to the circumstances at that time . After i got home I opened my Instagram account and all of my friends pics were about their car got white because of the ash and everything that was related to the volcanic ash . Actually not only did the ash rain got to Surabaya it got to some parts of East Java (if not all the parts of East Java and maybe some parts of the Middle Java as well) and thank God that Surabaya didn’t get the worst ash rain because on some pics that was on the internet there were some places that was so bad that it was hard to see what was happening outside . Well this year’s February 14th is currently the most interesting Valentine day in my whole life (I’m still a 6th Grader and I’m pretty sure that in the future there will be more interesting things that will happen in my life) .

    In the 1st Pic is the canopy of my house and seriously it looks really dirty -,-
    And the 2nd & 3rd pic is in Yogyakarta , man it looks really horrible there ._.

  45. About last month on February 14th , something really interesting happened here in Indonesia (Surabaya) well I’m sure that it has happened before but it was the first time in my life that I’ve actually experienced it . On that day it was raining down volcanic ashes , the “ash rain” was caused by Mount Kelud that exploded on February 13th around 22.50 WIB . On February 14th [Morning] when I was preparing my self to go to school , everything seemed normal and I didn’t feel that there was anything different at all until one of my maid said that it was raining ash outside and I was like “What??” I didn’t understand what she meant by it was raining ash outside until I looked outside my balcony and saw that everything was white and it was still raining ash. At school 80% of my friends wore masks while I wasn’t and I regretted that since I was coughing like crazy at that time . And finally at about 7.45 A.M the principle made an announcement that we , the students , are allowed to go home due to the circumstances at that time . After i got home I opened my Instagram account and all of my friends pics were about their car got white because of the ash and everything that was related to the volcanic ash . Actually not only did the ash rain got to Surabaya it got to some parts of East Java (if not all the parts of East Java and maybe some parts of the Middle Java as well) and thank God that Surabaya didn’t get the worst ash rain because on some pics that was on the internet there were some places that was so bad that it was hard to see what was happening outside . Well this year’s February 14th is currently the most interesting Valentine day in my whole life (I’m still a 6th Grader and I’m pretty sure that in the future there will be more interesting things that will happen in my life)

    In the 1st Pic is the canopy of my house and seriously it looks really dirty -,-
    And the 2nd & 3rd pic is in Yogyakarta , man it looks really horrible there ._.

    -Edit-

    It seems like the 2nd pic (the cars) got doubled sorry about that

  46. I’m heading to Korea in early April, currently in Japan. How long does the dust last for? Will it still be around when I arrive?

  47. when you guys are having yellow dust..we here in singapore are fighting with haze..it gets super super hot all day long till night and freaking hazy..so we need to dring more water to keep ourselves hydrate..everyone was hoping for rain..thank god the rain came down for the past few days..please take care guise..

  48. We have vog (volcano fog) that wafts over from the Big Island here on Oahu and that can cause asthma attacks for people and generally spikes allergies and makes it harder to breathe but it doesn’t affect me all that much and I don’t usually notice it unless I have to climb an unusual amount of stairs because it’s harder to breathe properly lol. People also have an annoying habit of smoking various substances in public especially cigarettes while walking places and that is super annoying because you have to find a way to pass them quickly to avoid breathing in their trail of carcinogens…

  49. Australia doesn’t have a season like that and we have pretty clean air in my opinion :) But I remember once a few years ago i woke up, looked out the window and saw that the sky was orangey-red. There was a whole load of dust that day, and we had to block gaps where sand and dust could enter our house >< Last year we also had a day or two where the sky was a dull orangey-red, and it was because all the bushfire smoke had blown over to Sydney, which is where I live :)
    Apart from that, everything's fine though ^^

    • Ah Sydney. Was going to say that it depends where you live. I’m in Brisbane and we get smoke clouds from bush fires and the odd dust storm. It’s not common, but it does happen especially in times of drought.

  50. When I lived in the interior of British Columbia, during the summer there would be many forest fires since it’s a really dry area. One year the fires were pretty bad, but thankfully didn’t cross into our town. However in the mornings it was as if it snowed (in 35c weather!) there was white grey soot covering the streets and cars. The sky would always be a freaky orange colour and the air smelled horrible. I walked up 2 blocks to the convenience store and swore my lungs weren’t getting enough air. Just totally gross, but even more sucky for the people who had to leave their homes, lose land, etc.. oh and fires encouraged the bears to leave the forest and run around town eating garbage.

  51. Renee

    I’m not sure if this happens anywhere else, but in the lower south east of Australia where I grew up, every summer/December-ish time we would get what we called “Christmas beetles”. They are these bugs about 3cm long who would just inexplicably start turning up around buildings – DEAD! I’ve never seen a live one, but every year there would be a lake of dead Christmas beetles surroundings buildings like a little dead bug moat. It’s absolutely disgusting and you have to keep a broom handy in order to sweep them away. Blech.

  52. I live in Idaho, n we don’t really have anything that is like the Yellow Dust, where its chemicals n that, what happens is here during fire season because the area I live in is basically a gigantic bowl, all the smoke gets trapped down in the valley by the surrounding mountains. What ends up happening quite often here is that we also get the smoke from surrounding states ie; California, Oregon, Washington, etc. and the pollution has gotten up into the “red zone” which is basically lethal for children, the elderly or people with medical conditions. It sucks because for someone like myself who has asthma you’re outside for a minute n you are already feeling extremely short of breathe and coughing. The real sucky part is the fact that the smoke sticks around FOREVER because it usually takes so long to put out the fires and the only way the smoke n stuff can clear is if a strong enough wind comes through or rain.

  53. Mainy Åkerman

    I’m from Sweden where the air is clean, and I have definitely learned to not take it for granted! :( I’ve visited Korea a few times and…I don’t want to be rude but it’s true that Korea has some serious pollution issues. Obviously they aren’t anything close to China’s pollution issue, but still. It made me thankful to not have to be afraid of dying from pollution when I go outside.

    Hmm, I can’t really think of anything here in Sweden like that…In the north, though, there are tons of mosquitoes that come during the summer. They don’t carry malaria but their bites are reeeeally itchy and they are really annoying, too. They sound a bit like cicadas. Err, the bugs you always hear in anime. x( Ugh…Thinking about them almost makes me hate summer.

    Otherthan that, the weather is usually surprisingly mild. I mean, in the arctic circle area, it’s obviously very intense in winter, but it’s usually just rainy and mildly warm where I live. The flatter parts of Sweden have tornadoes, however they aren’t really anything to worry about. Very small tornadoes and not very common. Nothing too extreme, thankfully. (Unless you count seasonal depression and the occasional nasty thunderstorm. But those are exceptions, not the every day thing.)

    Dare I say, everything in every aspect of Sweden is just..lagom. c;

  54. Cece

    Very rarely, but these last few years have been pretty bad, states around Texas or in Texas would have awful fires during the summer, and actually where I live during winter we were still under a fire ban where we couldn’t even use our outside fireplace, because it is so dry. So while these massive fires were happening, the wind would carry down the ash to our area and other places, and the sky would be pretty much black. It really looked like black snow was falling from the sky. It was pretty bad. Like I said, it happens very rarely, but these past few years have gotten pretty bad.

  55. In Michigan, where I’m from, we have all sorts of awful Spring problems that come and taunt us such as mosquitoes the size of birds, winters that will make you want to die (Seriously suffering from Seasonal Affect Disorder right now), and the disturbingly large amount of ladybugs that magically sneak into your room, creating some sort of gross ladybug party inside your light fixtures. But the grossest thing has got to be the pollen dusting. Every spring we get a thick coating of pollen that is so thick people draw smiley faces in the pollen that lands on cars the same way you’d draw smiley faces in the fog on car windows. And every year, I wonder why I don’t move to some place less insane.

  56. I’m in Nanjing China, and I went running on tuesday evening without checking the pollution levels and god my lungs felt bad… The most problematic type of particules are normally the PM2.5 which were as usual (almost 200, which is unhealthy), but the PM10 skyrocketed to like 500+ (above toxic), probably because of that Yellow Dust… Yeah not cool.

    By the way I saw the picture you posted on facebook and… actually normal medical masks like that are pretty useless against those pollution particles that are bad for your health. You need something with a filter (which looks even more embarassing). The most popular brands in China are 3M and Totobobo, if the yellow dust affects you so much I suggest you buy something like that.

  57. We’re spoiled here in New Zealand… every time my husband and I go on holiday overseas about 3 days into it, our skin starts breaking out, our hair gets ridiculously oily and dirty, we cough a lot, we get black gunkiness in our noses and eyes and ears… showering daily doesn’t help – the water makes our skin itchy all over…
    Then we get home and a day later, we’re back to normal. All the bumps settle down, our hair is soft, dry and fluffy again, no black gunkiness… PURE BLISS.
    I’m wondering how my 1 year old will fare when we take him to Korea later on this year… hrmmmm… aint no way he’s wearing a mask so I wonder what sort of viruses and bacteria and other ickiness he’ll be exposed to! (Our dog kisses him a lot so I’m hoping that’s been keeping his immune system robust HAH).

  58. S&M: Do you guise make kimchi at home? If you do, that would be a fun video to see! :)

  59. This question came to mind while I was rewatching some of you guy’s old videos. How is the recycling culture in Korea? Say for example, you guys have moved places several time and lost a ton of weight…so at some point you guys probably had to get rid of stuff that’s still in good condition. Here in the US, there are stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army where people donate their stuff to. Buying second hand stuff here is pretty common and no-big deal…but in Hong Kong (im from there) buying second-hand stuff (antiques being an exception) is not very common. People there tend to assume its unhygienic and only for people who are not that well-off. Besides donating and stuff, im also curious about how eco-friendly Korea is. I’ve heard about how extremely eco-friendly Japan is, from their technology to products to buildings and how they even have people who pick up your recycled stuff everyday.
    Maybe hygiene can be included in the question as well since its somewhat related (clean streets?)…lol i remember you guys talking about how lots of girls in Korea don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom and fixes their hair instead.

    • I would like to know about this too. I remember that they said there are no public trash cans and you need to buy trash bags, so how do they keep things not on the ground?

      How clean, hygienic, and eco friendly is a restaurant, business, school huh?

    • Amy F ;)

      me too! I see people sorting their recyclables on dramas. Seems like there is so much packaging on foods and such. I wonder where the trash goes? Is there much of a tree hugger culture in Seoul? or elsewhere? I wondered about thrift stores/upcycling too. What about an earth day tldr?

  60. In Trinidad there used to be butterflies crossing the highways long ago like lots of them but now they stopped coming i was too young to remember what it looked like or the time of year it used to happen

  61. holyschmitz

    …not sure if this counts, but everyone knows it’s springtime when the local Cal State about 20 miles away makes a massive amount of county around smell like cow-poop. Like super fresh disgusting poop.

  62. Wow this is so crazy but I also find so fascinating. .I live in New Zealand where the air is probably like the clearest you can get lol..no pollution or dust of any sort and I must say I love it :) But I’ve always wanted to experience wearing one of those masks just to see how it really feels. Next time I visit Japan or korea during dusty or polluted times I might have to. Sounds horrid though especially for hay fever type people (like myself) eep

  63. I live in Winnipeg Manitoba. We don’t have yellow dust, but we have a rare phenomenon that we like to call “white dust”. I seems to start in late October, and just when you think, “hey, it’s spring, eh?”, this “white dust” stays. Forever, and ever, and ever. Then once it does melt, we get the season that is officially known as “Pothole Season”. Yes, that’s right, you guessed it. White dust….aka…SNOW!!! It just doesn’t end for us in the prairies. Lol

  64. Dulce Maria Lopez

    We have the annual “Santa Ana Winds” at southern California, USA. They are supposedly originated from Santa Ana… the city that I live at… -_-’ but oh well, they are really strong winds! So strong that the trees in the city tend to be tilted!

  65. Here in my little village in Quebec,Canada, other than snow storms, pig poo spread in the fields is definitely the worst.

  66. Me every… single… morning..

  67. I know i’m suppose to post a picture but you guys covered living here in Korea well enough so instead here is how i deal with no goat cheese in Korea, http://www.amazon.com/Chevre-Goat-DIY-Cheese-Kit/dp/B007NK0BKO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1395276882&sr=8-4&keywords=goat+cheese+making+kit: For all your goat cheese eating needs. I use this one and it is a fool proof kit with all the citric acid you need to make the taste just right.

  68. if it got really bad i would either have to say home or have an oxygen tank with me if i was in Korea. I have bad Ashama so i would be a bit scared to go outside. I will make sure to figure out how much oxygen tanks are during yellow dust. by the way how long does it last for the transition. is it 2, 3, 4, 5 weeks long?

  69. From what i know [i've been living here all of my life] yellow dust doesn’t happen often in Florida.
    But OMG. When you get into Love Bug season… it’s the most annoying thing in the world! I swear you’ll have to wash your car maybe 2-3 times a week because they are EVERYWHERE and on EVERYTHING. So driving on the highway during Love Bug season is horrible. i used to hate being in high school, and walking home from the bus stop. i swear i’ve had like 10+ Love Bugs fly into my mouth. It’s quite annoying because Florida is the only place that gets love bugs, and it happens 2 times a year for 2 months. They don’t bite or anything but they are soooo annoying, and Sadly Next month is Love Bug Season T^T then there’s also Hurricane season coming up in June that lasts for 5 months. it’s nothing too bad compared to Tornado alley and what other places get, but it’s bad enough.

  70. wow thats crazy, this is actually great to know for people who want to move to korea. I would probably be freaking out if i didn’t know why i was dying and get really paranod. So thank you if i come to korea at that time i’ll make sure to watch for the levels and etc.

  71. wow, now I finally get this yellow dust thing. There’s nothing like that
    here (at least not where I live), but this summer we had a MEGA NASTY
    mosquito invation. They were EVERYWHERE and in big clouds. I went to the
    beach one night (we wanted to wait for the dawn) and we had to leave
    because of them, one of my girlfriends killed like 7 of them on his
    legs, at the same time… while she was walking. You went outside and
    end up surrounded every damn time. You couldn’t get any insectisides and
    repellent those days. Was awful we’re used to have a lot of them, but
    this time was mounstruous.

  72. hapagirl

    I know here we have vog and it can make some people feel really shitty, I know once they cancelled a track meet because they were worried about the girls, but still that goes away with a strong enough breeze. Even the pollution in Hawaii isn’t that bad because the breeze just moves it away from us and it’s around the ocean instead. Oh boy, I wonder if my family will complain about this sort of thing when we do our vacations?

  73. Where I come from in Northern-Norway we don’t have sandstorms or anything like that, what we do have however is millions of mosquito. During the summer there can be so many of them outside our house that all you can see is, literally, a black wall that moves and makes buzzing noises:/

  74. @IndecisiveKPOPer:disqus how far south are you man/woman? The only thing that I can legit remember was when I was in 6th grade we had ash falling from the sky because of a forest fire up in San Bernadino, and the other incident was 2 or so years prior to that when the sun was as red like a lipstick. o-o

  75. I remember a few years back in Sydney we had this freak red dust storm which blew in from Central Australia. It turned out a lot of asthma sufferers and old people were being hospitalised, planes were grounded and people were encouraged not to go outside etc. I probably should’ve watched the news though because I was walking around without a face mask like ‘I aint scared’ and was completely oblivious to the fact that people weren’t actually going outside. Anyways, I must thank my nose hairs for trapping some of the sand haha ==

    • HokiPoki1213

      I remember that! I’m on the Gold Coast in Queensland, and we got that freaky storm too- the whole sky turned this freaky yellow. The beaches were literally deserted and everything was covered in that awful dust from the desert.
      I think it stuck around for a couple of days?
      I remember seeing photos of Sydney and seeing how you guys got hit pretty hard with the awful stuff. Unfortunately the dust has now been replaced by bush fire smoke these days. :-/

    • I REMEMBER THAT!!!

      Seeing photos of the Harbour Bridge shrouded in dust mist was terrifying. Looked like Hell was upon us XD

  76. I live in a desert in the lower part of California, and the only thing that I can think of is that there are sand storms some times. You just walk outside and you get your face slapped by sand TT.,TT You also end up with sand everywhere like behind your ears, in the corners of your eyes, and in your hair. This kind of weather is like level 1 on badness compared to what other people commented but yeahhh I just wanted to share~~~

  77. I’m in Puerto Rico and we get dust from the Sahara Desert. It magically flies and reaches us and it gives nasty allergies. I washed my car on Saturday and yesterday it was covered in brown dust. From where I live on a good day I can see all the way to the coast. On a really bad day, not so much. x)

  78. I’m still so confused. When did the dust blow in? What day did you get sick? I was in Apgujeong on Saturday and Seoul on Sunday and the weather was great. It was a little hazy on Monday but I felt fine walking to work.

  79. I’m not aware of anything that sounds so bad like Yellow Dust here in the USA, BUT I do know a piece of American history that is similar. :)
    In the 1930s in the US, there were dust storms in the mid-west area of the country (and apparently sometimes blew all the way to New York or Washington, DC). It was called the Dust Bowl. It was basically like the Yellow Dust stuff. I don’t know if it caused sickness or anything, but I do know that it was super dangerous because it was literally dirt and it was easy to die if you inhaled too much. Not to mention their crops couldn’t survive very well. A lot of people had to move to California and other not-so-much-farmland places to get away from it.

    There’s also a book that’s a really long poem that is about it… But I don’t remember what it’s called lol.

  80. Megan Allison McArthur

    Reminds me of pine pollen except more dangerous. Everything becomes yellow.

  81. You can buy goat cheese (real goat cheese, it’s good!) in Seorae Village. There are a few shops that have it, and a selection of international cheeses too. One of my favourite places in Seoul.

  82. This reminds me of ozone levels. Here in Texas, where it gets face-meltingly hot in the summer, the heat combined with the daily pollution increases the amount of ozone (O3) in the air. So we get ozone levels for the day of green to red, and if it’s high they recommend that people with sensitive lungs, children, and elderly people avoid being outside as much as possible and not to exercise outside. Most of the summer the ozone is pretty high, but then, I’m not really planning on being outside much when it’s over 100 degrees (or 38 degrees for you)

  83. Where I live, there’s terrible inversion in the winter, and it reached record high levels in recent years. As for the little “μ”, it’s called mu (pronounced kind of like “miu” or “meeu”) which means micro. Thus, μg is micro gram. And so, with all the talk of cheese, I proceed to raid the refrigerator for it.

  84. Yah I am sooooo happy I live in British Columbia Canada, not only do I live here but, I actually live couple hours away from Vancouver in the mountain so I love going to Vancouver during the weekends for fun… but, when I was away for school I realized how much I missed the crisp cold air (I definitely had my windows rolled down on the drive back, even though it was freezing cold lol)

  85. I know what I’m doing after work today. Buying a face mask! Only one of my co-teachers wears a mask to school, though.
    Also, my elementary kids sometimes wear adorable masks to school when they’re sick. I’ve seen Rilakkuma, Doremon, and Hello Kitty. Though I’d really prefer if they stayed home when they’re sick…

  86. Wow that sounds just horrible. I’m definitely appreciating the air in Montreal (though it is a big-ish city it’s pretty clear). The most similar thing we get here only lasts a few days over a couple weeks and is restricted to neighbourhoods with more greenery, which really isn’t bad at all. It looks like it’s snowing but instead of flakes it’s these fluffy fibrous seeds and a metric shit ton of pollen. It’s really pretty to see, but the moment you step outside you can’t take a breath without inhaling a fistful of them. I do feel for those who are allergic =S

  87. The only thing to be scared of here in central texas is the summer heat.
    Construction workers sometimes can’t work because it gets to 115F+ (46C+)

  88. In France the pollution is usually alright, between 2 and 6 on a scale from 0 to 10 (we have signs in the city that indicates the ratio of pollution in the air) But right now it’s really bad beacause of tiny particules floating in the air. Only the cars and vehicles with an odd number plate could drive and if you tried to go somewhere with and even number plate you got a fine. People say in Paris it is so polluted you can’t go out without caughing when TRYING to breathe…But I think it could be worse since our “critic level” is 50µg/m3 so compared to that yellow dust thing…. yeah it’s pretty much nothing ._.

  89. Allison Faith Bianchi

    Wow, I feel like a total stranger to all of this. I live in central Korea, which is all countryside and stuff, and I don’t feel any effects of Yellow Dust. No one wears the face masks and no one is really worried about it. Does it just diffuse before it gets here, I wonder? I don’t know….

    • From what I understand, this yellow dust thing goes by region. So if a nearby city gets a yellow dust warning, consider your place warned as well. It might be a bit worse in big cities, because it tends to trap air, and big buildings block air circulations.

    • Sara Napsey

      I feel like the countryside is generally better when it comes to yellow dust. I never really noticed I had a hard time breathing while in Seoul until I went way out to the countryside to see my family gravesite. Woah, I took a LONG brisk hike in the middle of the woods and I didn’t get winded at all, whereas here in Seoul, I’m winded after climbing a small hill. You should count yourself lucky for not having to put up with all the poison in your lungs xD

  90. mrmr_

    Singapore has the haze and we have hit the level where you literally just don’t want to go outside without a face mask (it hit like 500 last year) or if you are like me,just take in the lovely smell of trees being burnt in indonesia *sarcasm*

  91. Supposedly, at the South Pole the ozone layer is so thin, that radiations hit the earth unobstructed. I guess you cannot beat that! So, I want to be thankful for the shelter I have so far. I also want to ask nature to have pollination replaced. That ish be wack!

    Huugs everyone, I love you guise! :3

  92. I am from Sudan. Dust storms there are ridiculous. And they can pop up anytime. You actually see a huge cloud in the distance, slowly yet omniously approaching… very like that scene from The Mummy Returns. The worst part is you know its not just dust, there is also some nasteh sh*t up in ‘er. One time it was soooo black and so thick people couldn’t even see their hands. Some people even thought it was the Apocalypse!! I live in Saudi Arabia too. It’s a desert country so you can guess what occasionally happens. The sky gets red with sand and you can’t see a meter ahead. What’s worse is that even though you’re locked home you start getting allergy symptoms and feel like poop. And all your furniture gets covered in a layer of dust/sand/whatever the hell those particles are…. The city looks horrible too, EVERYTHING is covered in a layer of sand. Schools close on those days however soooooo… that’s a good thing?

  93. I definitely appreciate having grown up in the middle of woods and fields with the freshest air there could ever be. Now I’m living in a busy capital and the difference in clear air is quite noticeable even though it’s not a big population with people’s car fumes and not as bad as some pollution around the world. I’m lucky that even in the suburbs when walking a little away from the main road, the air still gets nice and fresh.

  94. TL;DR Question: What kind of questions were you two asked during your interview for EPIK?

  95. Got large bees that are in groups that sworm around people and a little bit of pollen(usa)

  96. I live in Lansing Michigan and every spring we get sick as soon as spring hits. For me it is like clock work. Every year I get a migraine and scratchy throat. watery eyes. Usually lasts about 4 days ending in head cold, ringing ears, and time in the powder room. It’s nice!

  97. When I used to live in Singapore, haze wasn’t *too* much of a problem until the late 90s/early 2000s, when all the deforestation in Borneo really took off. Luckily, my family and I moved to Australia, otherwise I think my asthma would’ve come back with a vengeance. Philippines-wise, I now tend to shy away from Manila and Baguio, purely and simply because there’s just too many jeepneys/old buses that really should’ve been scrapped but because of money issues are still around.

    On a scientific/medical note, these particulates can be made up of stuff like sand (may be easy to get out of your eyes, but in your trachaea and lungs can scar them, make them inflamed and have the potential to damage DNA), toxic chemicals (again, can diffuse through to your bloodstream, or damage olfactory bulbs), and bits of bacteria or viruses.

  98. Here in Japan, a lot of people, especially the RACIST OLD PEOPLE, have been grumbling about China and its yellow dust because there’s been a (relatively) bad influx of it. I myself have been feeling pretty nasty (the bad kind) lately as a result. There has also been occasionally waves of pollution from China featured on the news. I forget what that pollution is called…it has a robot-y sounding named like MLK94 or something like that.

  99. I think we don’t get bad dust or pollen attacks here where I live in Oregon because we get a lot of rain in the springtime, but come summer the entire West coast has to deal with forest fire season and each summer that I’ve lived in Oregon we’ve had days where it is not healthy to be outside and the news channel and newspaper are very vocal about fire season and when it is safe to be outside…

    The smell of fire gets everywhere, like a constant camp smoke, and it burns the eyes and the nostrils and it’s like second degree smoke in your back yard… So everyone stays inside who can, but jobs still have people go into work and such.

    Yet the most dangerous thing here in Oregon is actually the snow levels. Most everything will get shut down if the snow is bad enough, and this year we had the biggest blizzards I have ever seen! People just couldn’t get into work, and on freezing rain days it was painful to be outside.

  100. During the Spring, in the US, most weather/news channels with give local reports on the pollen count. This is mostly a concern for those with allergies, but it can also affect those who do not suffer from allergies. Pollen count is the number of grains of pollen per cubic meter of air. It is measured by sticking a rod in the air, usually up high, and measuring the levels of pollen attached to its sticky surface throughout the day. During the spring, when nature is flowering, plants, grasses, and trees emit higher levels of pollen. The count is typically measure in trees, grass, weed, and molds individually. Last year, in April, Atlanta skyrocketed past the ‘very high’ meter of >1500 pollen count to 9363! Thankfully, this usually just affects people with sensitive systems, but the more pollen, the more likely it is you will feel something. Otherwise, all you’ll really notice are the SMELLY TREES THAT SMELL LIKE SKUNK ASS BUT LOOK LIKE BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART. I’M LOOKING AT YOU CALLERY PEAR TREES!!!!

    • Argh, gotta love Spring! Our wattle trees in Australia are a pain the ass when they flower- the tiny little furry flowers crap so much pollen everywhere while stinking up the place.

    • HokiPoki1213

      Argh, gotta love Spring! Our wattle trees in Australia are a pain the ass when they flower- the tiny little furry flowers crap so much pollen everywhere while stinking up the streets.

  101. In Moscow, Russia we don’t suffer from yellow dust, but we do have a problem of our own. We have a lot of trees called poplar (I hope I named it correctly) and at the end of May it starts to bloom with white fluff. And then it is everywhere: in the streets in your house in your food, in your hair, on your clothes, in your mouth. To most people it causes no harm, but it’s really annoying. Quite a few lucky people (myself, for example) are allergic to it, so these two – four weeks are almost unbearable

  102. That weird u thing is the symbol for “micro” so the “u”g is a microgram. It’s a really tiny amount but obviously, still dangerous. *nerdy science major done*

  103. The most recent thing ( since it is March right now ) I can remember about my country is that durring March, three strong northern ( or north-eastern ) wind storms usualy come. The name has the same root I think but here, we call it ” Bura ” .
    And it is not nice.
    By strong I mean that if you live on an island, ships and farries will not sail and sometimes you’re better of in the house.
    Some roads get closed due to the strong wind, trees can get thrown down, things may fly around, etc.
    I was once outside getting my cats out of the garage when the firm door slammed into me after the wind blew it wide open
    ( -.- it hurt…).
    But this wind blows durring the year, mostly winter time. But March is suppose to have 3 strong ones.

    This year, there were two I think. Doubt the third one will come ( but that is just me hoping ). Then again, these past few months ( near the end of 2013 and crossing over to 2014 ) were very different when it came to the weather ( it was warm all the way up to September / November or something, felt like spring more than autumn and even winter- at least where I was ).

  104. I live in Phoenix, Arizona, and about 3-4 years ago, we started getting these enormous dust storms (called haboobs) that literally look like that giant dust cloud in the scene from The Mummy. The very first time it happened, everyone was freaking out about it because it supposedly is not that common. The next day, there was a very fine sand all over the place. Ever since then, we have been getting more and more haboobs, so it doesn’t seem like a “rare” occurrence anymore. Now, everyone just says “Oh, look, another haboob,” and then they continue about on the normal business. It’s kind of funny, really.

    Here’s a picture that I took with my phone of one of the smaller haboobs. It’s not as impressive as the first one was, but it’s still pretty cool.

  105. Blueberries

    Overall my country- Finland- is pretty environmental and healthy. There is no toxic dust storms or anything like that. There isn’t even big earthquakes (not the one’s what will break anything), there is no hurricanes, no tidal waves.. not anything like that. Sometimes there is storms with thunder and wind though and this one year there were big storm and eletricity was cut out in big part of my country. I guess we are really lucky ^^; Even snow isn’t that much of problem here, no avalances though we live in North Europe. Cities are just ready for snowstorms so roads are most of the time clear no matter how much snow has poured. Oh and no volcanoes either! XD

    So.. I don’t have exciting/horrible stories to tell about toxic waste or nature’s catastrophes : I Baddest things that can happen are lighting storms but they are pretty regular else where as well I think :)

  106. I live in central Texas and during El Nino years (we’re currently experiencing La Nina) we get huge dust storms from the Sahara Desert. While we don’t wear masks or anything, the news anchors at least recommend not spending so much time outside.

    Right not we are having a dust storm coming from the western US and you can actually see the wall of dust and sand on satelite images.

  107. Kielley Bade

    WE GET A DUST. AND IT IS YELLOW. But I’m pretty sure it’s pollen and it just murders everyone here in Vegas for a few months every year. @_@ You wake up to a thin layer of yellow dust on everything outside. And especially cause it’s soooo windy here. You aren’t even safe inside. @_@

  108. Some specific parts of Sweden (Note: Not major cities) experience a massive amounts of mosquitoes when the larvae are fully grown. Other than that we also have the copious amounts of snowstorms…

  109. Well the UK’s been battered by storms and heavy rain all winter. However because I live on a series of hills, my unsympathetic and at times rather cruel side can only laugh at those who live in houses built on floodplains. I went to France in February, and it turns out the flooding this winter has had pretty wide coverage across Europe. Is Somerset still underwater? Anyhoo, at least stuff like this is quite exciting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZuY1zngAPQ

    Although not exactly local, it’s not too far along the coast from me. It’s amazing the person who filmed this was there in the right place at the right time.

  110. Yellow dust sounds insane! Living in New Jersey, the only thing we really get is tree pollen. ALL. OVER. YOUR. CAR. Ugh. It’s not bad for you or anything, except for a lot of people it causes allergies and asthma symptoms to go haywire. I just love coming out to my car everyday for work, only to find it covered in a layer of green tree pollen. Thanks trees! -_-

  111. the u is a funky m. Mircrograms

  112. In Oregon, we have pollen (which can be bad enough to visibly coat my red car in yellow-orange….which is even worse if you’re allergic to said pollen) and on days when the air is stagnant we have a fair amount of smog.

    In Alaska, however, the air is great!….except for when there are forest fires, and in central Alaska, there are always forest fires.
    (Seriously, they burn through the winter! Despite it getting to -50*F there.) The smoke just clogs up the air for days, you can’t see very far and you are usually hacking and choking all day if you’re outside, and since I was working with the reindeer, I would wheeze and die all day long. They don’t usually tell you, either, because you just walk outside and go “oh. I can’t see the end of the drive. must be from the forest fire. time to go to work!”

    IMO, yellow dust sounds pretty awful >_<

  113. Hannah Niebaum

    When I was visiting Japan last year, THE LAST DAY I remember it being sunny and beautiful outside and then as I was waiting for the train to Tokyo, the sun went away so I just assumed clouds had covered the sky. I looked outside and it was yellow! Freaking out, I asked my friend and he said it was yellow dust. THE REST OF THE DAY I couldn’t breathe, I was coughing profusely, and I had a perpetual runny nose. T_T I literally thought the world was coming to an end, the shift in weather was so dramatic,I definitely understand how quickly the yellow dust can creep up on you! Stay safe guise!

  114. LA, most people likely know this, some days has really bad smog. I don’t live that close to it, but it’s bad when you look at the horizon some days and it’s just pure gray from the smog. It’s amazing here how clean the air smells after a good rain in difference to summer with no rain to damper out the smog.

    Palmdale doesn’t have a pollution issue really(at least not as bad as LA and the lower elevation areas around it), but since it’s the high desert, wind storms can be brutal. And this isn’t fine dusty sand, no this is chunky sand. So when the wind picks up bad enough you are basically being pelted by sand, trash/twigs, and sometimes small rocks. You can sometimes feel this going straight through your clothes. Not only is this bad to breathe in, but it also can hurt your skin and eyes. We’ve had people in my high school have to leave to go to an eye doctor because their eyes were infected and or scratched from of these sand storms.

    • “…after a good rain”. Lol did LA get some rain that missed San Bernardino? Because it’s been dry all year except for the one storm we excitedly got a few weeks ago. x]

  115. In my city we have duststorms (mostly in winter-spring time) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D21m-Q17DY sometimes the dust is so thick you can´t see anything. We even have a monument to this -.- We call it “Tolvanera”. (Torreón, Coahuila. México) <3

  116. I live in Texas, there is a tree that when it …. makes nature… it is horrible. google image search, “austin allergy cedar” Those trees man… those trees.

  117. Well, i’m from Morocco.
    When you live in North africa, especially in the south ( of Morocco) somewhere close to the desert, sand storms happens often. It even travels for kilometers from city to city.
    But that’s no surprise.. i mean it’s the sahara!
    I think the most surprising kind of ‘storm’ was … an insect kind of storm.. like CRICKET storm or FLY storm..
    It happens usually in the summer, when it’s really hot, and always south close to deserts. Usually coming from others southern african countries. and it’s.. dissssssgusting.
    It’s like a HUGE family of hungry crickets or flies traveling from desert despereately looking for anything green.
    Well.. the government takes preventive actions these few last years, but meh! it always happens.
    Glad i live in the north.

  118. i live in dubai….and the ‘yellow dust’ here is just sand storms. thats right, storms of sand, it happens when the seasons change or randomly during summer!! but masks arent even common here, people either just stay home or go out like meh…but it really hurts coz it goes in your eyes…its like glass pieces in your eyes.
    other than sand storms, there is black dust from city pollutions, people dont even know what it is coz its not very noticeable but like if you look at your window ledge (if you live in city) and sometimes there are tiny black dots along with the dust…its all 100% pollution. you get really bad skin coz of it.
    …………………….OH and over here when the season changes, everybody catches a flu, is it common in other countries too or??

  119. I do not know if this qualifies or not, but in Norway we have an animal which we call “lemen” (Wikipedia tells me that the English name for the animal is “Norway lemming”). Every 5th year or so we might get a “lemenår” (år = year, thus lit. Lemming year) because the lemen has been so freakingisly good at making small lemen children during the beginning of spring. Because of this, there are so many lemen around that it has some sad consequences. You might read headlines in the newspapers like “Be aware of slippery roads because of dead lemen” and you can’t drink the water in the small rivers and streams when hiking in the mountains, because all the lemen would have got into it and drowned, thus polluted the water. However, the lemen is known for having a huge temperament and they can be teased and tormented until they get so angry that they die of a heart attack! Poor cute little animals!

  120. I live in Nashville Tennessee in the U.S. We have Cicadas that come every year. It’s not a huge deal until it’s the 13 year cicadas. That’s when this HUGE swarm of cicadas just fly all over the place, cutting you off as you’re walking outside. The last time the swarm was here was couple of years ago and my car was covered in cicada juice. I know cicadas are in a lot of places, but it’s really irritating when the swarm comes around because there’s no where you can be without seeing a ton of skin that they’ve shed all over the place. And they’re very VERY loud. It’s like they don’t sleep because they’ve been dormant for 13 years. -_-.

    • adriana

      Yeah we have this in Chicago too, but for us it’s like every 17 years, because it happened when I was born and then when I was 17. We have locust every year that are almost as noisy, but this cicada invasion is insane because you can’t walk anywhere for a couple of weeks without a cicada flying into your face every two seconds!

    • Yes, it happens in New Jersey too. Apparently Cicadas live most of their lives in the larvae state, which is why they only transform every 13 years. They mate then die and all the animals in the area go nuts and eat all those dead guys. Gross. But it is such a big deal the BBC came to US to film it happening.

  121. Here in Arizona we have haboobs and monsoon. Haboobs are this crazy bad dust storms that almost looks like weak a tornados. EVERYTHING gets covered in dust, it’s awful. Monsoon is pretty bad too. It really only rains once a year, but when it does it gets dangerous. We get flash flooding, toppled trees, roads become rivers – that sorta thing. People from other states will laugh at us, and be like “You guys are a desert, you only get a few feet of rain a year!” And it’s like, “Yeah, but we get it all in one week!”

  122. LA pollution is bad, but not thaaaatt bad. We did, however, had a dry winter. I think we only got like 4 inches on rain in a span of 2 weeks? literally every news station was like “LIVE WEATHER DOPPLER!! FLASH FLOODING!” We’re such sissys in LA haha!

    • C. Snoopy

      When there was a storm for like a weekend? Ahahahaha. I remember, everyone didn’t want to go outside and complained about how flooded it got. And then you have me “I want to be outside!!” Why? I missed the rain XD

  123. We don’t really get a lot of pollution where I live, or grew up, in Oregon. I did experience a lot of smog when visiting Hong Kong and narrowly missed the Yellow Dust hitting Tokyo last year. HOWEVER, when I was in elementary school my home town was plagued yearly!!!! By swarms and swarms of Ladybugs…..Yes, you heard me Ladybugs. I’d go to the buses and literally see a cloud of red flying through the air. And man do they stink when they die…… <3 you guys

  124. Apparently, in Europe, we can get dust from the Sahara desert if the winds are just right but luckily it’s not usually full of polluntants. Apparently Paris recently had a driving restriction for 50% of the cars or something like that..I don’t live there. But doesn’t it make you angry that China can just get away with such lack of care for the environment?! When there are already filters to filter out at least some of the pollution but these f$%@ing factories are too cheap to put them in. I mean, come on, I think most of the world, (perhaps UN?) should pressure China to start doing something about their excess of pollution. I’m surprised the Chinese citizens aren’t pissed off, I guess they’re feeling too crappy to have enough energy to be angry. I’ve read reports where lots of kids are getting sick, of course…

  125. In wisconsin we’re really lucky and don’t have problems like this. at least not that I know of! we just get really weird weather!

  126. I was born and lived most my early life in Orange County and LA, Southern California, where we all know pollution is… pretty bad.. then moved to Oklahoma when I was 10. Almost immediately I got asthma problems. There’s a lot of pollen here and allergens from mass amounts of flowers and grass and trees we have here rather than car pipe gas or industrial buildings. I guess my lungs couldn’t handle all that FREEDOM….. I mean- NATUUURRREEE.
    On a side note I moved back to So Cal for a few yrs and had no problems and was rarely sick. A few months ago I moved back to Oklahoma and immediately my asthma came back along with a terrible cold I couldn’t get rid of and even lost my voice.
    So, while from what I’ve seen the US doesn’t have the pollution, or dust, or haze problems as other parts of the world, each place does have its own problems that can mess you up pretty bad.

    • Haley

      No, we have dust problems during drought in the Midwest.

      • Really? Maybe I cant remember it cuz I was young when I lived in OK prior, but I don’t remember any dust problems. Pollen, yes, not dust. That’s interesting..

        • Haley

          You may have never experienced a draught, dust is not as common as it was before. But Minor ones happen in that region. Yellow represents where damage can occur, orange represents where they start. We haven’t had any real problems in 20 years, but they can occur… After the 1930′s we found a solution to the major ones.

        • ooohhhhh… this is very interesting… thank you for sharing! I actually grew up in the southeast corner on Okla so maybe that’s why I never experienced…

  127. Haley

    Here in Kansas, we receive Dust Bowls. They are big clouds of dirt that form during times of severe drought. Wind picks up the dust and well, then destruction. Like Tornados, they can destroy houses, or even bury them beneath the dust. It was most common during the 1930′s but droughts still happen, causing smaller, less harmful ones. But way back then, you’d have a death wish if you stepped out in one of these. I also posted this on YouTube as HelloJapan

  128. Come visit! The air is lovely! This is from summer though, it is still a bit cold here. Forest fires and other types of burning are the main thing I notice that lowers air quality. I’m also sensitive to summer allergies with the forests, but most people are fine.

  129. Actually, there is something like yellow dust here in my home city in Indonesia. But it’s more like a haze from forest fire in Riau province. This year is the worst I believe, with airport shutting down and the visibility drops to 50m. Thankfully it’s getting better now.

    PS. Am I the only person on earth who doesn’t like cheese?

  130. We have something like that in California. I grew up in a small city in betwern Fresno and LA called Bakersfield and it was surrounded by sand. Since we were at the bottom of the desert that was surrounded by mountains, the pollution levels would be high from LA and Fresno. A lot of people would get sick from something called Valley Fever and can potentially cause death. Bakersfield has high ratinga of death from Valley fever…

  131. Come visit! The air is lovely! This is from summer though, it’s still a bit cold here right now.

  132. In Utah we get really bad inversions the air quality gets so bad you have to almost chew it and it keeps the temperature super cold some where around 10 degrees during the day and around -10 at night in Fahrenheit . In Celsius it would be around -12 during the day and -23 at night. And it goes from around December till February. The last few years the air quality has gotten to with in the highest in the world. Yuck!

  133. The first week that my husband and I moved into our apartment in Arizona I was out walking my dog and I started hearing a buzzing noise but thought nothing of it, then I finally look up and there are thousands of bees swarming above me. I ran back to my home as fast as I could and when my husband got home he was like, oh yeah, killer bees are a problem here.

  134. So wait is this basically smog or does yellow dust contain smog? Or is it a type of smog? Smog is a weird word.

  135. I’m glad that I live in Lithuania, because it’s so peaceful and calm (n_n)

  136. When I lived in China last semester we got some horrible, awful, naaaaaaaaasty smog at the beginning of winter because of all the coal plants working to “heat” buildings. And that was in an east coast city that is supposed to have clean air. But, as soon as the city disappeared under the dark haze of doom all the side walk vendors started selling really cute face cloth masks. So at least everyone looked fashionable while breathing carcinogens?

  137. Fortunately, we don’t have yellow nor any other obnoxious dust here in Poland. In Spring the concentrations of pollen in the air can get quite high but it’s only a problem for those who are allergic to them. But there are times when I wish I had a face mask: in Winter a lot of people burn in their stoves to heat their houses and, unfortunately, many of them do not only use proper fuels but also burn some aweful crap that should never be burnt in relatively low temperatures becuse this way lots of harmful substances are being released to the air.

  138. Yeah that picture you show is Beijing. It gets the worse Yellow Dust . Because of the deforestation in Mongolia. Many schools are now involved in the Million Tree Project which plant trees there to help.

  139. Oh yellow dust, I am kind of happy whenever I hear about these things to apparently live on one of the geographically safest areas in the world… all our worries seem to regard an occasional storm (OBS, not the English definition of storm, ours are more like harsh winds), rainfalls and barely noticeable earthquakes… not kidding, the last one I’ve only experienced once in my life, and all that happened was that we felt it, but it didn’t rub a single item out of place.

    Though I guess, since we do have bears, wolves and mosses I guess Denmark can still be called safer… they freak out for mooses…

    Anyway, I do know what the yellow dust is. 1, I spent a long time studying Asia, as a region, so naturally it was brought up. Secondly, I lived in China myself, though the yellow dust never went too critical where I stayed, or I somehow managed to keep out of the way.

    Though, this year I am going to Shanghai for a year (starting September), which is probably going to be a hundred times worse. I kind of noted to buy face masks early, since I have allergies and it will probably not go well as a combination. Though, if you want to know, S&M, China is well aware of their problems, the major problem is that it will take a while for every part of China to follow on this. Put it like this, the big bad wolves, such as Shanghai and Beijing, gets tons of complains for it, and it’s bee brought up as a major problem yearly. How good are they at dealing with it, well… that is a different story.

    Which is sad, because if I remember correctly, the yellow dust was originally just known for being a sandstorm. The fact that there are so many factories today in China just made things worse.

    And NO, don’t go whiny over China. Do you guys know who started polluting the area worst of them all? Yes, us… When the European nations and the US started complaining about the factories spewing bad things, it was just very fitting to move everything to the Asian market, where all the production was cheaper. Europe is today considered to be very clean in comparison to many other parts of the world, but that is one major reason to why. We aren’t that good at getting rid of our problems, just moving them around.

    Which is also why China cannot deal with all of their problems, as they don’t own them.

    • Shanghai used to be okay, hovering around the 200s. But these two years, especially this year, it skyrocketed. They claim it was the factories in Nanjing. Things go back to normal during Chinese New Year, when all the factories close.

      (AND I AM SO EXCITED YOU ARE GOING TO SHANGHAI. I lived there for 10 years and graduated from an international school, thus I complained about it a lot though I was protective of it. It wasn’t until I left for college did I realize the city was such a jewel. Trust me, you will grow to love the place.)

    • I think part of the reason why they moved was because the government came up with Clean Air laws. In other words, the factories had to have air filters, and other such things that would cause the factories to create less pollution. This can be an expensive change, so some factories just moved instead. China could come up with the same laws, but I believe they are afraid of scaring the factories out of the area. Eventually, China will make the switch, as more of their citizens complain.

  140. I live in New Jersey and the only problem we’ve faced are the nasty smelling insects called Stink Bugs. They are harmless but they are everywhere-including inside your house. If you kill them they leave a nasty smell that tells the other stink bugs that they should all come where he was until he died. At least it seems like that because they all come in clumps.

  141. I’m hearing yellow dust this and yellow dust that, but hello?!?!? What does Simon use on his skin? His complexion is fabulous! (I’m an esthetician and can’t help myself.) Do tell…

  142. Don’t experience any of this because I live in Norway!! :D woot woot. So happy we don’t have yellow dust. The bad side is that winter has not yet passed, not until mid-april…

  143. I live on the west coast, USA and I’ve read news articles about pollution coming from china, but I rarely notice it…I don’t live in a big city, though. I have terrible allergies during the month of March and April, but I don’t think it’s from the pollution :/

  144. In Sweden we don’t really have duststorms or any of the kind, but when it comes to regular storms we show our viking side. “Oh, it’s storming outside and I need to take my car to my job 20 km away? Pssh, I’ll just bring an axe and chop my way through!” We don’t get time off school during winter when lots of snow fall either (what’s it called, snow days?) and it has to be AT LEAST -50 degrees celcius to get the day off. Or during snowstorms when you can’t even se two meters ahead of you you just take the bus instead. I don’t even know how many times storms hit us during schooldays and we had to take shelter in the basement, but after an hour or two and the storm has calmed we return to classes again.

  145. lady_kire

    My boyfriend is from Daqing (close to Harbin) and he’s told me that the area gets dust storms a lot so it’s considered normal. He went back in May for a month, and he told me about these storms and that it’s just a part of everday life

    Interestingly he sent me a chart on air pollution throughout the world one day, and it turns out China is not the worst when it comes to air pollution.

  146. They have dust storms in the northern and western parts of Texas, but luckily in Houston it’s just pollen everywhere. Wait, pollen is still bad… but at least I can walk around corners and not be worried about getting a mouthful of dust! :D

  147. Oh dear, I’m getting really worried now about my asthma. I’m from Norway, and sometimes I even struggle here with pollution. Perhaps I can find a mask already in London! If not, I’ll have to look for them at the airport in Seoul, I’m landing on Monday. Does anyone know if they sell masks at the airport?

  148. Alicia Davis 알이샤 데비스
    Alicia Davis 알이샤 데비스

    It’s the last night of Fallas here in Valencia, Spain and they’re about to light 3 story high statues made of styrofoam on fire when it gets dark, I’ve been looking for face masks all weekend. And on top of that there have been fireworks going off non-stop, a bit scared to see what air quality is going to be like tomorrow! It’s a bit of a shame because the statues are worked on all year and are the coolest looking things ever! This is a before and after :)

    • why, exactly did they set them on fire?

      • Alicia Davis 알이샤 데비스
        Alicia Davis 알이샤 데비스

        It’s suppose to a symbol for burning away the problems of the last year, cathartic in a way for the residents here, this is what the city looked like two nights ago, it was amazing!

        • wow!fantasticbaby!

          This made me so nostalgic! I was in Valencia for the fallas several years ago and got to participate in them! They are pretty incredible! And the fireworks after!?! Yooooo!!!

        • Alicia Davis 알이샤 데비스
          Alicia Davis 알이샤 데비스

          What brought you to Valencia? Just Fallas, did you live here? I’m doing my last semester at Berklee Valencia at the Palau de les Arts, SO BEAUTIFUL HERE!

        • wow!fantasticbaby!

          I was in Valencia for a semester abroad. Part of our cultural study was to be part of falla and participate with the members in the events leading fallas. It was super fun but also challenging to be an outsider in such a tight-knit community. Valencia is definitely a beautiful place but Granada has my heart! How are you enjoying Spain? Have you had a chance to travel around the country? Also, I don’t know if you’ve heard of grandpas over flowers but they are in Spain for their second season! It’s make me miss being there so badly! :(

        • Wow, that’s some pollution that’s been pumped into your (and our) atmosphere… :/

  149. Nope, nothing of the sort. I swear to god, the Scandinavia is the calmest area in the world. We’ll at most have a yearly storm that’ll knock down a few trees and cut the powerlines, and the snow will (I say will, because it always happen) fuck up the trains departure time, if they’ll be going at all. I’ve heard of some place where supposedly, toxic wastes has been buried just like that, and it poisoned a big area, including a town (puppies playing in a meadow far away from the site died of it). We also got a handful of radioactive pollution from the Chernobyl accident back in the day, but I don’t think it’s measurable today. Some of Swedens bigger cities has pollution problems, but I don’t think they’re as bad as “real” big cities, like most larger ones in Asia :3

  150. I lived in Taiwan for a year last year and this never came up. That’s interesting now that I think about it because Taiwan isn’t far from Korea and it’s very close to China, so you’d think it would spread. None of my health-obsessed co-workers mentioned it though.

    One thing I did notice when I went to Korea for a brief visit was actually the lack of face masks. In Taiwan people wear them all the time – when they’re sick, yes, but also when they have a breakout, when they go into town where the air is worse, when they’re riding the bus because of the smell, etc etc. Any given day there will be about half the population wearing one. It was really really common. But in Korea, at least where I was in Seoul, I didn’t notice anybody wearing them. Maybe one or two, but I was actually more surprised that so few people had them on, especially in a big city where the smells and sickness would be more…well, rampant, I guess.

    I read something about this in fact that said that in Korea, it’s more likely that people will wear masks when they’ve had a nose job or are hiding from the press, so a lot of people don’t wear them. Except in case of the Yellow Dust of Death, of course. >.<

    Oh and I have a question – in Taiwan there are Buddhist temples everywhere, so fireworks all day long and the smell of incense are everywhere. You can't get away from it. I know Korea has a large Christian population, but do they also have a lot of temples? Have you guise noticed?

  151. I was in Switzerland for some snowboarding two weeks ago, and all the snow was yellow… My snowboard teacher tried to convince me that it was caused by the cows that graze there in the summer and pee a lot. Yeah right, anyways, when he realized that I wasn’t buying that crap (or pee in this case) he told me it was because of Sahara sand.
    But it is in very low levels and not very bad. Nothing like the pics I see around here now :)

  152. I live by a lot of mountains in Northern Mexico, so the air is good in here. But back when I was in an enchange in the capital city of Mexico (you guys have been there, is Mexico City), there was a thing they called “radiation”, I didn’t quite got it because there was no nuclear energy plants there.

    Also, in the daily news we heard about the quality of air. I didn’t saw much people with those things to cover their mouths, but boy did I got sick! The place is in a really high level from the ocean and very polluted, in a month I feel my eyes irritated and my nose feeling weird when I waked up. Then I just get used to it.

    Hope you two to be ok, sorry for the bad english and I’ll send you a bottle of fresh air.

  153. Ah, I see you’ve played knifey-spoony before.

  154. I live in Finland and we have really clean air. Generally I take it for granted (you can’t remember to be grateful for the same thing every day right?) but reading these comments does make me appreciate it more. I’ve been to Shanghai once and I did notice the difference in the air but it wasn’t very bad at that time of the year. Last autumn we had the people we visited in Shanghai visit us in return and they said that the air is really nice to breathe here. I wish people would pay more attention to bad air quality caused by pollution and the way it affects the environment and people’s health.

  155. There’s nothing like that here in N. Ireland. My bf is from China and he said the number one thing students from China like about this country is that our air is so clean :D Tbh I didn’t notice the pollution in China at all and I was there for 5 weeks (but then again I wasn’t in Beijing)

    I was, however, in London later that year. I was there for two days. TWO DAYS, and the pollution made the inside of my nose go black, it was so disgusting -.- But N.Ireland is a trouble free country pretty much when it comes to weather, gale force wind is the worst we have to deal with haha.

  156. Hannah

    In Arizona we get haboobs… like not fun dust storms. Think DUST BOWL! No not that bad but still sucky.

  157. PunkyPrincess92

    aaawww The Mummy!! god i have NO idea how many times i watched that movie!! especially when i was a kid!!

    i used to think why on earth do so many people in Japan and SK wear face masks but i’m sure you guys have talked about this before and that’s how i knew about yellow dust!

  158. Jung Rian

    No yellow dust storm of death in France. We have a lovely blue sky with some clouds and some sunbeams.
    But most of the time during the beginning of spring, we have a few pollution in the air, like now by example. But no storm or sand. The government just ask us to drive less and even in Paris, they make the cars drive one day out of two (like cars with and odd number at the end of their number plate can drive on odd days, and vice versa).

    Hope it will get better for you ! *kicks the yellow dust ass*

  159. In my city there´s a lot of contamination, and being asthmatic sucks a lot, like…a lot. There´s also sandstorms from time to time because we are a desert city.

  160. I live in the desert in Utah, and when it gets really windy, dust/sand will fly around and coat everything to be orange. sometimes they form these little tornados… orange dust??? most definitely not the same, and it’s not toxic for you, just annoying.

  161. Uhm, Sweden is a relatively calm country, when we have storms it´s not tornados and tsunamis, only very much wind. We have earthquakes but they only trip over plastic chairs in peoples gardens xD

  162. It just rains in the UK. Nothing else just rain. And I think the winter that we’ve just had proves how crappy the weather is over here

  163. Aaron Ho

    Every year in Malaysia, we are well greeted with a nice blanket of haze , full of choking stuffy ashes, courtesy of both foreign illegal forest burning and local bush fires. We have just finished one (hopefully the last one ) as it is starting to rain now. This year was particularly bad as it was also drought season, hence many areas were lacking adequate water supply. So imagine being in a smoking chamber.

  164. I live in Sindang-dong, and I think i can safely say we have the best walnut bread cart in all of Korea ( anyone who thinks im not serious on this come to Sindang eat and the friggin walnut bread it will change your life) but unfortunately the walnut-bread-man wouldnt operate his cart because as a lot of the walnut bread magic is done out in the open, if people ate it they would get yellow dust all up in their bodies.

    When I moved here I had never even heard of yellow dust! So the heart break was very serious. You go out to get walnut bread one day but you damn cant because of some mystical evil dust.

    I want all this dust to be over so i can eat walnut bread and balance can return to the universe

  165. England is just grey. That is it. Nothing happens. Only grey.

  166. Tedrick Leong

    In Hong Kong, we do get weather warnings from the government about air pollution, heat and cold conditions. Often in the summer, it’s always “Extremely Hot” but we go out anyway. Since we have the best weather prediction service in the world (I think!) the government is always giving the public warnings about the weather conditions and what we should do. The Hong Kong Observatory excels in giving us data about impending typhoons, issuing warnings on the TV, radio and internet.

    Also, the air pollution in Beijing isn’t as bad as everyone makes out. I went to an environmental conference debate by the Financial Times last week and one of the debaters, a man from the US who had been living in China for a while, says that Beijing does have blue skies. But as a journalist, he’s not paid to report about blue skies in Beijing – he’s only there to report when the weather gets really bad.

    However, when I once went on a school trip up to Xi’An in China for a week, the pollution there was pretty poor. That was mainly due to the fact that the majority of the city’s power came from coal fired power plants. Even thought it was in the middle of October, there was no cloud cover either and it was pretty hot. Worst of all, the hotel shut down its entire A/C system. So we had to sleep with the window open. Every morning, I’d wake up with a thin sheen of dust on my forehead…

  167. Tatiana

    Well we don’t have anything like that in Portugal, but this year in we had a lot of storms, strong winds in the coast area (where I live) and the news actually said that some days between certain hours we shouldn’t go outside. So that’s different.

    Oh funny story about the quality of hair. I never though about it either until I went on a trip to London, and even though I didn’t feel difference breathing, everytime I blew my nose black stuff came out (gross I know) and my friend had her pores on her face filled with black stuff as well. Me and my brother always joke that if and when we visit china I’d always have to wear a mask because of the pollution, since I already felt it in London.

  168. I know there’s also like Yellowdust approved mask in Korea, but I don’t know what’s the difference with normal procedure mask that you can buy just about everywhere. It’s the regular mask they use in hospital for about anything. That said, working in an hospital myself, I know some name of higher quality mask (but they also are more uncomfortable to wear), so it might be easier to buy them with the regular name/number of the mask (maybe even get them cheaper on internet). If you’re ever interested, I could search the info for you.

  169. Sounds like the pollen here. We get unhealthy levels of pollen in the spring to the point where my father was out working in the yard one day and then was bedridden for nearly a week, completely sick and vomiting up pollen because it formed little clouds that he breathed in when he was moving things and sweeping. It’s just so much that the ground is coated, your outdoor furniture is covered, your car is covered and none of it goes away until it rains so you’re constantly kicking up pollen every time you go out.

  170. how long does it usually last? im going to korea in a week for a graded
    class trip .. i have asthma history.. really hope the yellow dust clears
    up by then >.<

  171. The thing is people actually don’t get how toxic it can be. We have this picturesque idea of sand storm we see sometimes in historical drama and stuff. But I’ve read somewhere that, among other, yellowdust carries “sulfur (an acid rain component), soot, ash, carbon monoxide, and other toxic pollutants including heavy metals (such as mercury,cadmium, chromium, arsenic, lead, zinc, copper) and other carcinogens, as well as viruses, bacteria, ungi, pesticides, antibiotics, asbestos, herbicides, plastic ingredients, combustion products as well as hormone mimickingphthalates.” [Wikipedia]

    Ouhhhh, Yellodust, you so nasty!

  172. One time in the recent years while living in Texas I woke up seeing all the cars covered in yellow dust. Like you said, I first thought it was just a really bad day for pollen, but someone told me it was actually yellow dust that traveled from a different country. If I remember correctly it was pretty hard to get off too.

  173. Here in Puerto Rico we get dust from the Sahara desert. Every year during hurricane season the dust travels all the way from Africa to the Caribbean and in-between the sand clouds we also get the storms that evolve into hurricanes. But no it is not like pictures I have seen from Busan with a quite thick yellow dust. Here it mostly looks like it is raining on the distance and some dust over the cars and people with allergies are affected but not as bad as you guys

  174. In Singapore (and I think Malaysia since they’re just above us), we experience a haze problem every year around June or July because the deforestation or whatnot happening in Indonesia. there is a measurement for the haze level called the Pollution Standard Index(PSI) which is similar to the yellow dust level thingy. Below 100 is fine,100-200 is the slightly dangerous zone and 200-300 is dangerous and above 300 is the “advices not to go outside” zone. we actually had the worst haze incident last year in which the PSI hit above 400 in both Singapore and some parts of Malaysia. everyone had to wear masks and not just those cheap ones but like those sturdy filtered ones. it was horrible.

  175. So it’s ok to breathe inside? Does it not get inside your apt or do you have a filter? I’m extremely curious!

  176. I hope you all feel better! It gets crazy windy here, but we don’t really get dust. There must be enough grass to hold it down, I guess.

    I go to school ten minutes south of the infamous Moore, Oklahoma though, so storm season is a problem. You really have to be on top of the weather here in the spring. Not necessarily just tornadoes either, because storms here are known for high winds and damaging hail too, and they even had some of their worst flooding ever in Oklahoma City last year.

  177. Nothing happens in Finland…This is a pretty calm place to live. I guess i got lucky, stay safe! c:

  178. We have terrible pollution in the Philippines. Lots of people smoke, too. And gahd don’t even get me started on vehicles that blow nothing but black smoke out of their mufflers. It’s seriously ridiculous how so many vehicles still get away with it despite ASBU (Anti Smoke Belching Unit) going around. Not enough ASBU yet because every day, there are just too many vehicles that do this.
    Not to mention the typhoons and earthquakes. Ya’ll may have heard of Haiyan and Ketsana. I didn’t experience Haiyan, and I was lucky to get home in time before Ketsana got really bad.
    But I grew up in a small town in the central US. Very clean. Smells wonderful (unless a skunk’s nearby lol). I can’t wait to go back and experience the lack of pollution this winter. Not to mention the cold weather and hopefully snow!! XD

    • Holy hell that’s nasty! That bus just shat all over those scooter drivers. Maaaan that looks bad!

    • the motorcyclist behind the bus was like “nah, i’m gonna be fine.”

    • Not to mention the cold weather and hopefully snow! XD Okay, I live in the snowiest city in the US (No, really. There is an official government list of cities with the highest level of snow fall with populations over, like, 30,000. We are at the top, above Alaska and Maine). And after five months, I do not understand how anyone could possibly be so excited about something so wet, cold, and miserable that we are just getting rid of. But that’s just me being cranky and bitter. I hope you enjoy the nice, non-polluted air, however cold it is :)

      • Dear, when you’ve been living in a tropical country for almost 9 years after growing up in a place with 4 seasons, you tend to miss the other seasons. Context ^^
        If I were in your situation, I’d probably be hankering for the heat we have over here, and while I do love it, I can’t help but miss snow after not seeing it for so long~

        • I suppose. A change every once in awhile can be nice. And I have always been a proponent of anything that keeps away the more poisonous insects, spiders, and plants. But (being sincere now) I do hope for your sake that next winter is fairly mild. As much as you miss the snow, and will likely enjoy it the first few snowfalls, you have gotten used to a tropical climate after nine years. Your body now automatically adjusts for extreme heat. The cold may be a bit hard to get used to again. But hey, wear about eight layers, and I am sure that you will be fine :) And, there is also the choice of simply being a hermit and never leaving the wonderful, heated indoors. So at least you have some options ^^

        • Interestingly enough, I really miss snuggling in a blanket with the heater at my feet so all the heat is in the blanket. Sooooooo warm and toasteh~ XD But I do hope it’s not so bad cuz even if I did enjoy shoveling snow back then, I don’t think I have the same stamina heh I really just wanna snowboard again and make snowmen and snow angels LOL But yes, I agree that my body is (and always was) well adjusted to heat, but when I went back to the US a couple years ago, it was almost as cold as it is when it snows (not quite, but almost) and I survived the outdoors with 2-3 layers. By the time I came back to the Philippines, I had to re-adjust to the heat since I’d gotten used to the cold already. I’m pretty adaptable, but I only hope for a mild winter with just a few days of snow. That’d be enough for me ^^

      • I’ve spent my whole life in the South, just moved to Pittsburgh (Purple US Nasties, what up). I HATE winter. I HATE snow. It’s wet and cold and filthy (trust me, city snow stops looking beautiful about 30 minutes after it hits the ground). This is the worst winter my city has had in a hundred years. I’m used to it already being 80 and sunny by mid-March. We’re due for snow well into May. I’m convinced I’m going to die here.

        • Lauren Semple Stroman

          yay for purple Nasties!! but, seriously, this winter SUCKED.

        • Tell me about it. Us purple Nasties had a nice, cold winter to toughen us up. Every once in awhile you will think “Oh, look. The snow is so pretty. Look at how it’s falling, making everything so soft.” Then you get in your car and try to drive in it. Guess what stops being pretty after about a minute and thirty seconds?

      • Is snow that bad? I’ve always found snow cool, but maybe it’s because I live in Sydney where it never ever snows ><

        • Snow is marvellous! It’s like fairy dust. It’s fluffy and pure white and lovely. Until you have to shovel 25 cm of it for 4 days straight.

          On a more serious note, I love snow… I just hate cold.

        • It isn’t really that snow is BAD, it’s just….you get really tired of it after awhile. At first, it’s really pretty and you love it. But it does make driving pretty difficult (especially when it reduces visibility to, like, zero and the road is already far more slick than rain can make it). And it is wet and cold, and has a habit of soaking into your sneakers and through your socks whenever you forget your big clunky boots. And layers. Don’t forget the layers. But, as I said, it is unbelievably pretty, sometimes a bit mysterious. and fun to amuse yourself with (and a good way to get your friends to squeal). After five months of it, though, the annoying bad parts start to overshadow the good ones, and you just want it all to go away and never come back.
          I will admit that it does make the summer even better, since you fully appreciate the warmth, sunshine, and green grass and the snow kills all the bigger bugs and spiders no one wants to deal with. Snow’s a give and take, I suppose.

    • Oh dear god.
      I live in a relatively clean air city, and dang am i thankful for it.
      Hopefully all forms of pollution will decrease.

    • *waiting for a ride*
      *Car/trike/jeepney passes by*
      *Smoke everywhere*
      ME: *RUUUUUN*

  179. thisisjustforfunval

    I like the theory that the Yellow Dust is getting worse because of deforestation. I live in the desert, we have few trees and forever amounts of dirt. Just the tiniest bit of wind will kick up the dirt but since it’s spring it means we get crazy wind with wind gusts between 30-50+mph. This morning is a prime example, there was so much wind last night that the sky today is lovely shade of brown. On a clear day you can see for miles, but earlier you couldn’t see two blocks ahead of you. It’s a mingling of dirt, pollen and pollution from our city and Mexico. Days like today make someone like me with insane allergies and asthma miserable. Actually, it will hit me worse tomorrow, since it’s had a day to linger around my respiratory system.

    Note to self, don’t go to Korea during Yellow Dust season.

  180. this is what we call “normal” in our place. i’m in the Philippines, a Malaysian student. i didnt know that this happens a lot. we sometimes get floods till our chins . hahaha XD..i’m leaving in dorm near my shool. the picture was taken by me at 7eleven, i had to buy can food coz i had no supplies. i woke up that morning and was getting ready for class then was greeted by a flooded stair way. thank God i was on the 4th floor. the Grd Floor flood was up to my hip. thats my life here in the PH

  181. I remember you guys mentioning the Yellow Dust last year I think! My hubby just moved to Korea as a teacher and there is a 100% chance he has not been wearing a mask on his commute to work! :P I would for sure be wearing a mask every day!

  182. Thank God we don’t have anything as bad as yellow dust but I live in Victoria, Australia and during our bushfire season the entire state can be covered in some pretty heavy smoke. Earlier this year my friend and I traveled into an area which the day before had been wiped by fires (really smart on our part >.<) and the traffic had slowed from 110km to 60km as you could barely see the back of the car in front of you. We closed all our vents and covered our faces but felt so sick by the time we got through which only took ten minutes. A few weeks later the area had evacuation notices issued because the smoke was starting to cause health issues as the area still burned.

  183. A Korean TV show on KBS called Vitamin (find it on YouTube) made an entire episode about Yellow Dust and the troubles that comes along with it AND what it does to your health! :)
    It sure was extremely informative and finally I got a much better understanding of the health problems and symptoms that you have to watch out for when the season comes along.
    Some of the small things I noticed is that the thickness of the pollution raises between 10am and 2pm. The doctors in the program highly recommend that you leave doors and windows CLOSED during that time and wait until later to “air out” your home or office. Some other areas where pollution thickness is between 200-300 is inside elevators, down inside parking basements and even inside cars (so remember to change the filter often)

    At least here in Denmark we don’t have problems like this. The air is fairly clean (except Co2) and you won’t come across that dusty air unless you are working at a farm fetching all the corn with a large machine xD

  184. in iceland we dont have any issues with these kind of things, but i can say that back when we had volcanic eruptions back in 2010 and 2011, since i live quite close to where they erupted it was difficult to go outside, schools got closed and people had to stay inside since the ash was finer then sand and could easely taste it in your mouth and was bad for the eyes and also bad if the ash got in our loungs

  185. Ash3070

    I didn’t realise Japan had yellow dust too! Have you been over there during yellow dust season? How does it compare to Korea? Do they get more or less? x x x

  186. I was actually talking to my Malaysian friend about the haze there, recently. Apparently the haze reached hazardous levels already (>350). Not as worse as last year’s which was over 680. They have an Air Pollutant Index and if it’s over 301, it’s considered hazardous and called “choking haze”. API measures sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, ground-level ozone, and other small particles (<10micrometers in diameter) in the air. She told me an Indonesian province was doing an open forest burning to clear the land for their palm-oil industry, which is considered to be the largest in the world. As for health effects, other than irritation, you can develop heart and respiratory problems from prolonged exposure.. we are talking about gases we don't normally breathe in after all. When it's high, people are usually advised to stay at home and classes are cancelled..

  187. I lived in Beijing for a year so I was there when the level almost reached 1000, and… I didn’t feel any different? During my whole stay there, everyone else kept complaining about how crappy they felt and wearing masks and avoiding going outdoors when the level was above 300 or so, and I just… didn’t notice it. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I stayed in China for a month every summer since I was little and got used to it? Or maybe that’s my secret – I always feel like crap. Ah well! At least I didn’t suffer any more than usual from the pollution of doom!

  188. Well we have winter does that count? You guys know of it anyway. Canadian winter!

  189. Thanks for the info! :) I am going to be an exchange student next year, so during this season I’ll actually be in Seoul and experience the *joys* of this yellow dust…..

  190. I’ll give you some of Sweden’s air in exchange that you both move here…..

    Did it work?

    • Almost. We’d love to move to Sweden. Can you get us a place in the Old City? It’s gorgeous there.

      • Let’s compromise a bit here, I can get you a place in Lund an old university city.

        It looks like this~

        (whispers once again) did it work yet?

        • Hmm…I’m gonna hold out for a place in Old City. Supposedly rent for a place there is, like, $300 a month? But you have to go on a waiting list for 30 years or something like that.

        • Well I’m not from Stockholm so I don’t know but it wouldn’t surprise me, since it’s so small and popular. I guess you should’ve signed up when you were babies then!

        • I’m thinking about signing up now and retiring there maybe…

        • Well there’s no hurt in signing up! (I hope…?) If you change your mind you can always cancel it. It’s such a beautiful place, even though I’ve only been there once. (internal sobbing)

        • Whoa whoa whoa. My first comment didn’t show any pictures. Now I see your pictures. Whoa that’s gorgeous! People live in those houses?!?!

        • I’m pretty sure people live there, and there are small bed and breakfasts there and small coffee shops etc on those streets too, and it’s wonderful just to walk around even if I’ve lived here all my life.
          (Yes, fall into my trap)

  191. A (non-yellow) dust related memory! My first year in Korea, back in ’04 (… holy…!) my co-workers used to tell me to eat more sam-gyup-sal to clear coal dust out of my lungs. That raised more questions than it answered really…

  192. Similar experience from me last year. I moved from the Netherlands to Singapore for work and that’s when I experienced the worst haze ever (see pic for the comparison). It hit the toxic level for one whole day. The haze supposedly came from the forest fire in Indonesia.

    Regarding the face mask, during those period of haze in Singapore, we have been warned that surgical face mask will not help filter the small pollutants (which supposed to be chemical residue… so it’s dangerous). The face mask that helps filter these small pollutants are N95 face mask which has a HEPA filter. This applies to air purifier as well. Only those with HEPA filter will actually clean the air in this situation.

    • yeah, i live in singapore, we get haze almost every year from the forest fire from indonesia, but last year’s haze was the worst ever. fortunately schools and some companies allowed the students/workers to stay home. even mcdonalds stopped their delivery during that period to protect their delivery staff.

    • yup. pretty much the same thing in Malaysia

  193. haruchi

    I’m currently in Japan but haven’t felt any yellow dust going on… Not that anyone has said that we should be prepared for it. As for masks, I personally think they look cool so people, wear them if you need to!! ;D
    And yes clean air! Finland is such a nice place to live if you want some clean air, forests, lakes and grass! Even the cold smell of winter is lovely…

    • We actually saw a lot more people in Japan wearing face masks than we do in Korea.

      • haruchi

        Yeah I noticed that when I was in Seoul for two weeks, I expected the same amount of masked people but there was a huge difference! One time I actually saw an old man in the train who had 3-4 masks (this was in Japan)… Japanese seem to like their masks but still I could find stylish masks easier in Seoul than in Japan. ^^’

  194. Have a look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR8d1PZvYRI&feature=youtube_gdata_player
    It’s about how bad the pollutants are in China.
    I have a feeling that the Chinese government has something to do with the lack of information about yellow dust, since a lot of the severity of it is their fault.

  195. Where I was born, Fresno, CA (Mid Cali represent~) The city is in a valley. The pollution there is pretty bad. I gotz asthma as a kid as the result. I learned later that the pollution is hard to clear out because of the valley. Geographically the land is shaped like a U or V hence, because of the mountains surrounding us, we get no strong winds to pass on the pollution to the next state~Xp.

  196. Mary Williame Taranee Christin
    Mary Williame Taranee Christin

    Philippines has Typhoon Season. Storm Surge, too.

    (I Hope You Remember Haiyan.)

  197. As far as long term disease goes, I don’t think you guys need to be THAT worried as many chronic lung issues (COPD, emphysema, etc) are a result of chronic/long term lung damage, and not from the occasional inhalation of particulates. Your body does a pretty good job of clearing out mucus and particulates on its own, unless you have disease like Kartagener’s or cystic fibrosis. Even with long term exposure, most people who suffer from lung disease usually have a genetic predisposition. This is why some people who smoke NEVER get lung cancer and why others who inhale second hand smoke get metastatic lung disease. That being said, I think it’s a good idea to continue to wear the masks and perhaps some sort of protective eye wear (sunglasses) to make sure that you keep your risk of infection down.

  198. Camilla | カミラ | 카밀라

    Wow, I always thought yellow dust was a minor thing, but it actually sounds pretty serious! Must be absolutely horrid for people with asthma. D: We’re going to Seoul in two weeks, so I’ll be sure to follow the reports on Twitter. Thanks for the tip!

    Side note: Most people living in Norway aren’t aware of how lucky they are until they go abroad. While most people living in Oslo think the air is pretty bad here compared to smaller cities in the countryside, I first started to appreciate how clean the air is over here when after I had been in Tokyo. xD While Oslo’s not that bad, Bergen is supposedly much worse in the winter to the point where the government has to regulate traffic because of pollution.

  199. Mariam Watt

    In Mauritania we had locusts AND dust. Not chemical dust though- because no one manufactures things in the Sahara. Just a hot, dirty, nasssty wind called the Harmattan. So,yay natural dust? Whatever, it blocked out the sun, got in my hair, and covered every surface in the house. We didn’t have sciencey forecasting tools for it. But I discovered one. As soon as a I cleaned and shoveled it out of my house- we’d get hit again. I should have taken bribes to never clean my house. The locusts were bad the year before I got there- most transportation in the bush is on the top or back of a car, and driving during locust swarms apparently hurt. We had one swarm approach, but everyone in the village lit smokey fires and the buggers passed on.

  200. Your description of the symptoms of yellow dust made me wanna puke. BUt that could just be because its 4am and I”m pulling an all nighter for my essays and I ate a lot of junk food before to power myself through….

  201. omg yes people need to be more aware, i’ve lived here for so long and i thought it wasnt a big deal until my friend started freaking out about lead particles and yellow dust on me. so yeah guise PUT THEM MASKS ON

  202. Surprisingly I don’t know if you two have ever been to Northern Ontario.. By northern I mean Sudbury Ontario haha. Anyways, we have three huge smelters for the Nickle and copper mines in our city. Somehow in the refining of the ore process, large amounts of sulfuric gases and other wonderful chemical byproducts get released into the air. Now you might be saying to yourself: “how do they allow that in the middle of a city?” Well they have these old fashioned WW2 era sirens that blare when the levels get to high. Basically take shelter immediately or have your lungs com-bust haha. It only ever gets that bad though if you live within about 5kms of the refinery and smelters.
    I can still remember though going out running and having this annoying taste of steel or metal in mouth and throat… Thank god I moved to Ottawa..

    • Cyber_3

      Whoa! I am from Sudbury as well (represent!). I do remember a couple of hot days in high school where there was a dense fog where you could taste the sulphur but those were extremely rare. It has drastically improved there since I was a kid but yeah, you can see the SuperStack (in your photo) from pretty much everywhere in town. I’ve been to and lived in a lot of places and gone back to Sudbury often over the years and I have to say that I never felt that there was bad air quality in Sudbury. I have many relatives that have lived all their lives and even worked in the mines in Sudbury and lived into their late 90s without any lung trouble so……maybe it all just blows away to the east and we should consult the people in North Bay? Or Ottawa? ;)

      • Well hello to my fellow, ex-sudburian? As a kid I spent alot of time in Copper Cliff, where my cousins lived and I remember my father telling me that they had air sirens in the area to warn people about the air quality? Maybe he was just pulling my leg but that’s what I remember. I noticed a huge difference when i went to Halifax NS for 3 weeks when I was 16 I felt like the air was much cleaner. (Possibly because I was right on the Atlantic Ocean) Oh well, personally when I used to go for runs in Sudbury I used get this weird taste of metal in my mouth. My mother told me it was because of the mines and superstack. Do you still reside in sudbury?

        • Cyber_3

          LOL! I’m over 40 and, while I don’t doubt that they exist, I have yet to hear those air raid sirens go off. Back in the early 1900s when they used open smelters fueled by wood, things were must worse and part of why the area around Sudbury is/was de-forested. I absolutely will not defend Sudbury with respect to pollution, acid rain, whatever, but because of its topography/weather situation, the air quality hasn’t been bad in a long long time. If you “taste” the pollution in the air as I occasionally did when younger, it tastes like rotten eggs due to the sulphur content. If you have a metallic taste in your mouth after heavy exercise, it’s actually copper from blood because you have over-exercised and not realized it. Sure, the ocean air feels fresher because the salt in the air that you are not used to invigorates you and well, a holiday makes us all breathe easier ;).

          It may be weird but, as a kid I always found it comforting to see the Super Stack (even from New Sudbury) because I felt that I would never really get lost if I kept it in sight. Ironically, when I moved to Southern Ontario I found out that I had an undiscovered ragweed allergy which is completely nasty for months because I wasn’t exposed to it until my 20s. So to me, the air quality up north is much better ;) and moving back north has always been in my plans. We shall see, Ottawa has lots to offer too but I would move back to Montreal in a heartbeat, given the chance.

  203. We have visible pollen here (VA, USA)

    …#USNASTIESDARKBLUE…*cough* Sorry, I slipped ;-)
    I mean visible coming off the trees in clouds, blowing like evil fairy dust in the wind visible. It covers my car, it is on my cats, it is on my door and you can see a greenish-yellow tinge to your skin, hair and clothes. Not visible pieces of pollen, just enough of a bulk of tiny pollen that it looks like a cloud. MISERABLE. I think this year I might just wear a mask and sunglasses instead of suffering through it.

    • Mariam Watt

      Ugh, tree pollen of death! We got that in Saint Louis too. And its always at the time when I’m really excited to open the windows and enjoy the embrace of nature- only to have my apartment coated in natural toxins. Good feeling gone.

    • Oh yes, pollen. I can’t wait for it to get like that in Alabama -shot-. Fortunatly, where I’m at it doesnt get that bad, but it does like to turn red cars yellow.

    • We get the pollen attacks in Cincinnati too. We’ll wake up one early spring morning to find our cars covered in yellow pollen dust. Luckily it only happens for a very short time.

    • i live in LA,USA and my car has a layer of greenish-yellow dust covering it right now. It’d be pointless to wash it cause it’ll just be covered again in an hour or so.

    • Can someone explain the color thing to me? I live in the US but I haven’t heard of It. ~_~

      • On FB we’ve divided the country in to color regions for ease of life. Look up US Nasties and the main page will have your map for reference

        • okay, thanks! I never go onto the facebook page so that’s why lol.

        • Lauren Semple Stroman

          oh you should! it seems that Nasties in all regions are able to connect with like-minded souls :D

        • Sasha Williams

          I’m trying to find what region I’m supposed to be in and not succeeding. Help! Please? Thanks in advance if you come through.

        • Hmm, I will do my best! In the photographs of the US Nasties Facebook page are several graphics. You find what color your state has been assigned and then also join that group.
          The first question is; what state do you live in?

  204. This is my first spring here in Seoul and have been hit really hard by the Dust. I usually get allergies really bad in the Fall and was freaking out when I got super sick the other week. I know that there are ways to prevent getting sick (mask, staying indoors) but what do y’all (or anyone else on here in SK) do if you are already sick/ feel like you are getting sick to lessen the feeling of death?

    • We’re drinking insane amounts of water now. I’m not sure if that’s the solution, but I know that we used to get sick a lot when we first came to Korea. And recently, with the yellow dust, when we feel hoarse we drink a lot of water and feel slightly better. I’m not sure if I’m just Post hoc ergo propter hoc-ing at the moment, but I’ll stick to it…

  205. HI, guys! First of all greetings from Croatia :) And yes, we here also have yellow dust storm but its rare. And that dust storm comes from Africa. Last time that happened was last year in autumn. The sky was yellow, and we had to stay at home or wear sunglasses if we wanted to go out.

  206. This makes sense. I live in Japan… I didn’t “see” the Yellow Dust, but it was so windy yesterday and the day before I probably just couldn’t tell. Yesterday I started coughing for no reason and today my nose was so dry and itchy I kept getting bloody noses. And generally I don’t have bad allergies this time of the year, so I thought it was weird. : P

  207. Akira Miyashi

    Malaysia was recently affected by the haze…it’s something like yellow dust but not quite. The air gets all smoggy and you can smell the nasty burnt smell in the air. Worse of all, visibility drops sooooo low you can’t see the road when you’re driving.

  208. I feel you guys (o.O)! When I was in Korea last year about this time, the yellow dust wasn’t that serious but still I had to stay home in bed for 3 days coughing my lungs out. I couldn’t wear my contact lenses either because my eyes were SOOOOO itchy and swollen up.

  209. Would the levels in Seoul be the same throughout the whole of S. Korea? I live about 2 hours away from Seoul, near Cheonan, so would I be affected by it? It’s my first spring here… And here I thought we were home free when it got warm enough to wear shorts (my parents still don’t believe that 40 degrees F is warm… Californians through and through. XD). T__T

  210. Does it only happen around this time of year, or can it happen through-out the year? Like in Sept-Oct.?

  211. that u thingy is the letter mu in greek which if you’re all for sciency stuff means “micro” so it’s x micrograms of dust particles in the air of whatever comes in the yellow dust, which is obviously not good for breathing :D

  212. How long does it take for the yellow dust to leave korea?
    I need to know caz i’ll be visting korea next week.

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