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Monday, April 10, 2006

Seoul Turns Yellow

The annual dust storms are upon them.

Sandstorm are likely to blanket much of the nation between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, three days after the worst-ever seasonal sandstorm hit the nation, weather forecasters say.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said Monday strong sandstorms with fine dust concentration level up to 10,000
/ that hit Inner Mongolia and the Gobi Desert until Monday afternoon will probably be blown into Korea by northwesterly winds.
That is just nasty. Maybe Korea should demand some sort of compensation from China for the hardship and suffering caused by these storms. :-)

There were on average 3.6 days of spring sandstorms between 1971 and 2000. But the figure could double this year, which has already seen four such storms. Chinese meteorologists say cold air in Siberia and the Mongolian Plateau is more active than in the past and thus increasing the number of sandstorms. KMA data show that there was only one sandstorm in the spring of 1986 and 1987, but 21 days in 1995 and 31 days in 2001, indicating that the uninvited guest is visiting the nation with increasing frequency.