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Yellow Dust Storm of DEATH!

March 19, 2014

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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.

    3 years ago
  2. Nev

    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 :/

    3 years ago
  3. 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 :)

    3 years ago
  4. 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.

    3 years ago
  5. 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.

    3 years ago
  6. 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.

    3 years ago
  7. 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.

    3 years ago
  8. 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.

    3 years ago
  9. 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.

    3 years ago
  10. 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!

    3 years ago
  11. 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

    3 years ago
  12. 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!

    3 years ago
  13. 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

    3 years ago
  14. 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!

    3 years ago
  15. 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~!

    3 years ago
  16. 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:

    3 years ago
  17. 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

    3 years ago
  18. 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..

    3 years ago
  19. 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.

    3 years ago
  20. 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 ^^

    3 years ago
  21. 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.

    3 years ago
  22. 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.

    3 years ago
  23. Actually, we get them in MS too. So it must be a Gulf Coast thing. I completely feel you though – love bug season is a pain :

    3 years ago
  24. 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;

    3 years ago
  25. 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.

    3 years ago
  26. Yup :o

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

    3 years ago
  28. 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.

    3 years ago
    • 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?

      3 years ago
  29. 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

    3 years ago
  30. Cz

    only odd number plated vehicles can drive? why is that?

    3 years ago
    • Cz

      Oh i see so it’s just to limit the number of cars that can drive on those days… Very interesting… Does that include public transportation like buses? What about on emergencies for example you need to go to the hospital?

      3 years ago
  31. …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.

    3 years ago
  32. 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!

    3 years ago
  33. 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.

    3 years ago
  34. 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?

    3 years ago
  35. 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.

    3 years ago
  36. 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?

    3 years ago
  37. 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:/

    3 years ago
  38. @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

    3 years ago
  39. 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 ==

    3 years ago
    • 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. :-/

      3 years ago
  40. 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.

    3 years ago
  41. 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)

    3 years ago
  42. I feel ya girl~ I’m from the Philippines and damn can it flood. We have a terrible sewage system that clogs so easily especially with all the debris and pollution and what not. It’s so gross to have to step in these waters and they always take too long to subside…

    3 years ago
  43. 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)

    3 years ago
  44. 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…

    3 years ago
  45. 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

    3 years ago
  46. I just know they us it to measure caffeine in drinks.

    3 years ago
  47. 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.

    3 years ago
  48. then here is singapore complaining about reaching 400 at our maximum

    3 years ago
  49. It was rising like a PSLE aggravate score at that time LOL but it did come back in march lol but it did not hit 100

    3 years ago
  50. 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*

    3 years ago
  51. 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.

    3 years ago
  52. 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.

    3 years ago
  53. Tiny enough to damage your precious alveolar sacs. *nerdy pathology done*

    3 years ago
  54. 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

    3 years ago
  55. 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 ).

    3 years ago
  56. 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 :)

    3 years ago
  57. 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. @_@

    3 years ago
  58. 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.

    3 years ago
  59. 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! -_-

    3 years ago
  60. 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!

    3 years ago
  61. 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!

    3 years ago
  62. Don’t worry, the picture is there, but man that’s scary!

    3 years ago
  63. 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.

    3 years ago
  64. 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!

    3 years ago
    • That’s awful! It’s by far the most bizarre natural disaster I have ever seen but oh man..Those poor animals!

      3 years ago
  65. 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

    3 years ago
  66. No, we have dust problems during drought in the Midwest.

    3 years ago
    • 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.

      3 years ago
  67. 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

    3 years ago
  68. I’m also interested in how long does yellow dust season last, I will be leaving for seoul in two weeks! Will I need to get a mask then??

    3 years ago
  69. 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!

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

    3 years ago
    • Hi! I am from Latvia! No earthquakes, no giant jellyfishes, 45% of the country covered with forests…

      3 years ago
  71. 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.

    3 years ago
  72. 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 :/

    3 years ago
  73. 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.

    3 years ago
  74. 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.

    3 years ago
  75. 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

    3 years ago
  76. 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?

    3 years ago
  77. Sindang-dong also has the best ddeokbokki.

    3 years ago
  78. 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 :)

    3 years ago
    • 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!

      3 years ago
      • Nev

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

        3 years ago
      • 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!

        3 years ago
  79. 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 :)

    3 years ago
  80. 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.

    3 years ago
  81. 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.

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

    3 years ago
  83. 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!

    3 years ago
  84. 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*

    3 years ago
  85. 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.

    3 years ago
  86. 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

    3 years ago
  87. 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.

    3 years ago
  88. England is just grey. That is it. Nothing happens. Only grey.

    3 years ago
  89. 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…

    3 years ago
  90. 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.

    3 years ago
  91. 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.

    3 years ago
  92. 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.

    3 years ago
  93. 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 >.<

    3 years ago
  94. 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!

    3 years ago
  95. 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.

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

    3 years ago
  97. 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

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

      3 years ago
    • yay for purple Nasties!! but, seriously, this winter SUCKED.

      3 years ago
    • 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~

      3 years ago
      • 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 ^^

        3 years ago
    • Ugh you guys have no idea (although yellow dust sounds just as horrible in its own way o.O). And it’s not just buses, lots of other vehicles do it too, but buses are probably the worst. I’m sure other Filipinos, especially those of us who live in the city, can relate to this~

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

      3 years ago
  98. 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.

    3 years ago
  99. 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!

    3 years ago
  100. Kay

    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.

    3 years ago
  101. 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

    3 years ago
  102. 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

    3 years ago
  103. 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!

    3 years ago
    • Ahahaha yes that must be answer, Dothraki Woman warrior does not let puny dust get in way of… feeling healthy!!!

      3 years ago
  104. Well we have winter does that count? You guys know of it anyway. Canadian winter!

    3 years ago
  105. Wait- if dust causes bloody noses than that explains all the bloody noses I see in Korean television shows! Dust-induced nasal sensitivity! I thought it was weird- no one gets bloody noses on American TV unless you’re on a time-traveling island.

    3 years ago
  106. 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.

    3 years ago
    • 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.

      3 years ago
  107. 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…

    3 years ago
    • 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. ^^’

      3 years ago
  108. Philippines has Typhoon Season. Storm Surge, too.

    (I Hope You Remember Haiyan.)

    3 years ago
  109. 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.

    3 years ago
  110. 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….

    3 years ago
  111. 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..

    3 years ago
    • 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? ;)

      3 years ago
      • 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?

        3 years ago
        • 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.

          3 years ago
  112. 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.

    3 years ago
    • 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

      3 years ago
      • 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?

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

        3 years ago
    • Wow. Y’all got it early. I am not jealous.

      3 years ago
    • 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.

      3 years ago
  113. 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.

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

    3 years ago
  115. 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

    3 years ago
    • Have you guys listened to his last album??The song Weakling Paradinas is soooooo good

      3 years ago
    • it IS a clever name :D (it took me a while to figure it out hahaha)

      3 years ago