Photos of a dust storm in Beijing, China, March 15, 2021.
Northern China was recently hit by the most widespread and powerful dust storm in nearly a decade, which weakened today, but the effects are still lingering. China Meteorological Observatory predicts that another wave of sand and dust may come again on the 19th. An article on the website of the State Supervision Commission of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China said today that the sandstorm, which originated in Mongolia, “has sounded an alarm to us”.
According to a report by the Central News Agency, the dust storms in northern China are overwhelming and another wave is expected to hit on the 19th. According to the news, the impact of the dusty weather on the 15th ranged from Turpan in Xinjiang in the west to Daqing in Heilongjiang and Changchun in Jilin in the east, and the dust belt was nearly 3,000 kilometers long. The concentration of suspended particulates (PM10) measured at noon in Jiayuguan, Gansu reached 9,985 micrograms per cubic meter, and the PM10 concentration in Beijing’s urban area once exceeded 8,000 micrograms per cubic meter. Sand and dust are also advancing south, China Weather said, 16 Jiangsu, Anhui and other places or also appear floating dust, but the intensity is significantly weakened compared to the 15th.
And such weather will continue. Zhang Bihui, director of the Environmental Meteorological Center of the China Meteorological Administration, said that on the 15th, under the action of systematic northerly winds, dust particles will be transmitted downstream, including Hebei, Henan, Shandong and other places, will be affected by dusty weather. Such as the capital city of Beijing, under the influence of sand and dust backflow, the 16th part of the Time will still reach heavy pollution levels, to be 17 to 18, by the northeast to cold air and downstream precipitation, the regional sand and dust will only gradually sink and clear. However, Zhang Bihui said there is expected to be a wave of cold air activity from the 19th to the 20th, with sandy or dusty weather in parts of central and western Inner Mongolia, the Hexi Corridor and Ningxia, but the intensity will be weaker than this time.
According to the Central News Agency, China’s remediation in recent years has begun to bear fruit, the annual phenomenon of sand and dust storms have improved, but this time the strongest sand and dust storms in the past 10 years, causing social discussion.