CLICKS (18) CMO #259
CMO CLICKS (18)
The dust storm from China
According to http://www.people.com.cn/ (or http://English.peopledaily. com.cn/), on 15~16 March the east-northern district of the China Continent suffered from the first rise of sand storm this spring. Beijing also received the westerly carrying the sand particles. The dust was too furious to need masks to protect faces, and the cars were forced to turn on the light even in the daytime. The dust was carried by high-altitude air currents and came over Japan and lessened the transparency of the sky. In Korea some lines were cancelled in some airports.
The NOAA HP reported that a large dust storm from China on 22 March hit the Northwest USA on 28 March and crossed over Colorado the day after. See
in which another dust storm from China blew across Japan on 1 April.
The space photo http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories/images/duststorm032502.jpg shows a yellow cloud strongly over the East China sea, and another branch at the northern side of the Japan sea. The storm could reach the US within 3 to 4 days. The china Internet reports also a big storm occurred also in mid-April. As to the historical traces, and weather dynamism of the sandstorms we can further refer to