Beijing, China issued a yellow warning for sandstorms in the morning, with visibility less than 1 km in most areas. The Beijing Ecological Environment Monitoring Center informed that as of 9 a.m., the concentration of suspended particulate PM10 exceeded 8,000 micrograms per cubic meter in the center of Beijing and six suburban districts.
▲ The strongest sandstorm in the last decade Beijing visibility less than 1 km Beijing issued a yellow warning for sandstorm on the 15th, visibility less than 1 km in most areas. The Chinese Meteorological Administration confirmed that this is the strongest intensity and the widest range of sand and dust storms that China has experienced in the last 10 years. The picture shows a view of a sandstorm in Changping District, Beijing.
The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said in an official microblog post in the morning that this is the strongest sand and dust storm China has experienced in the past 10 years, and the scope of the sand and dust storm is also the widest in the past 10 years. It is expected that from daytime to night today, 12 provinces and cities, including Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning, will experience significant sand and dust weather, with some areas having dust storms.
The official microblog of Beijing Ecological Environment Monitoring Center informed that Beijing’s primary pollutant is PM10 at present, with pollution level 6, a maroon-red level of severe pollution. The main reason is that last night’s sand and dust, which originated in southern Mongolia, gradually moved southward with the airflow and affected Beijing from north to south from 3 a.m.
The briefing showed that as of 9 a.m., PM10 concentrations reached 8,108 micrograms per cubic meter in six districts in Beijing, including Dongcheng, Xicheng, Haidian, Chaoyang, Fengtai and Shijingshan, with 6,877 micrograms in the northwest, 3,461 micrograms in the northeast, 5,953 micrograms in the southeast and 7,530 micrograms in the southwest. Visibility in most areas of Beijing ranged from 300 to 800 meters.
As of 9:30 a.m., a total of 1,141 flights were scheduled to take off and land at Beijing Capital Airport, 247 of which have been cancelled, a cancellation rate of 21.65%. 846 flights were scheduled to take off and land at Daxing Airport, 181 of which have been cancelled, a cancellation rate of 21.39%, according to a comprehensive land media report.
Reporters at 8:00 a.m. from the isolated hotel in Beijing Changping District to look out, 500 meters away from the scene has been unable to see, and in the indoor not open the windows, the air can still smell the smell of sand and dust.
Many Beijingers commented on social media platforms about the dust storm that started early in the morning, saying they had not seen such a sight in years.
As reported by the mainland media earlier this year, the forest in the Yangguan area of Dunhuang, Gansu Province, has been extensively “shaved” for more than 10 years, with only about 5,000 mu of protective forest left. As a result, many Chinese netizens questioned whether the dust storm was related to this.
Beijing Meteorological Station predicts that, under the influence of stronger cold air, Beijing will have 4 or 5 northerly winds during the day on the 15th, with gusts of 7 or 8. The sandstorm will last until the afternoon, gradually weakening in the evening, and the wind will decrease at night, with visibility turning better; on the 16th, under the influence of southerly winds, there may be a sand and dust return phenomenon.
China sand and dust storm warning signal is divided into yellow, orange, red three levels, including yellow warning on behalf of 24 hours may appear visibility less than 1 km of sand and dust storm weather, or has appeared sand and dust storm weather and may continue.