Relief is finally in sight for the city of Harbin in northeastern China, which has was brought to a standstill by extreme smog.
On Monday, the smog swarmed northeastern China, basically closing down the city with a population of about 10 million people. Parts of the public bus system were stopped. Classes were suspended. Domestic and international flights were delayed or cancelled.
Those who decided to traverse the city were advised to wear masks over their mouths to help remove harmful pollution from the air.
A woman wearing a face mask looks at the traffic as she bicycles on a road in Beijing Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Beijing is seeking to tame its smog emergencies by preparing emergency measures such as factory shutdowns and traffic limits to kick in when air pollution levels are high. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Monitoring stations on Tuesday reported pollution levels at concentrations of PM2.5, 30 times the recommended standard.
The stagnant air is a result of a high pressure area that sat over China over the weekend. The lack of air movement plus the high humidity are rather rare for this portion of China.
Government officials, as reported by the China Daily, also blamed the smog on the rise in coal burning at the end of the autumn harvest. By burning the crop stalks, increased concentrations of smoke rose into the atmosphere that was trapping anything and everything.
After a subtle decrease in smog on Tuesday, a change in the weather pattern will ultimately relief to the Harbin area for the second half of the week.
A system that developed over Mongolia early in the week will push into northern China, reaching Harbin Thursday.
Although extreme winds and torrential downpours are not expected, the movement of air in addition to rain through Friday will help to alleviate the poor air quality and visibility.
This same system will help to keep the center of Typhoon Francisco just east of Japan. This storm over China in combination with the weakening tropical system will help to keep the effects in Tokyo. The impacts will pale in comparison to the damage done by Wipha when it followed a similar track just last week.
A new typhoon is brewing in the western Pacific Ocean and could pose a risk to Japan, Taiwan and eastern China next week.
Tropical Storm Matthew has formed in the Caribbean could take a turn toward the United States as a hurricane next week.
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions last longer than normal.
The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn’t occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon.
Rain will spread over much of the northeastern U.S. into the weekend, but persistent downpours will raise the flood risk in part of the mid-Atlantic.
At least 32 people are missing after heavy rain from once-Typhoon Megi triggered landslides in eastern China.
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