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New to Chiang Mai. Last year, of course, was not like this. Once the pollution reaches this level, does it stay this bad until it rains or does it dramatically increases and decrease during the next weeks ahead?

pretty much until the rain comes which could be anywhere from tomorrow to April/May. The burning seems to decrease locally after Sonkran which is mid April.

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This smoke condition is not just in Northern Thailand. I drove up from Hua Hin on Wednesday. One hour North of Hua Hin as I left Highway #4 heading North I encountered the same density of smoke as in Chiang Mai now and drove through it the entire day. I encountered actual fire on both sides of the highway South of Lampang though it was evident the entire

journey. I fear it is going to be a long burning season.

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Does anyone know whether Nan is just as smoky as Chiang Mai right now?

These are the numbers from the aqmthai.com website. PM10 in red (ug/m)^3.

a67. Municipality Nan. 2012-02-17. 8:00:00. 0.9. 9.0. 14.0. 02.01. 92.92.

Chiang Mai is current at: Quite a bump from earlier today. Appears the Nam station is not updated as often so it could be close to the CM numbers by now.

35t. City Hall. 2012-02-17. 16:00:00. 2.0. 43.2. 55.7. 0.3. 123.45.

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Ok bright star, and just how do you propose to do that, how do you change a very cost effective habit of centuries for rural farmers? Also, what makes you think the pollution is caused by burning within Thailand, maybe the majority of it is carried in on air currents from China and the like!

Was at HTT today, so much smog you could hardly see across the lake.

On the way out passed loads of orange workers, burning piles of leaves all along the road.

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Driving from Lampang to Cmai up over the mountain range and down into the valley bowl in which Cmai sits, one can actually denote the various colored levels of pollution. As you descend there are layers of pink, purple, grey, brown, and more simply hanging meanacingly over the valley bowl. Take your local MP on a return trip: mind you, s/he probably could care less. huh.png

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Does anyone know whether Nan is just as smoky as Chiang Mai right now?

These are the numbers from the aqmthai.com website. PM10 in red (ug/m)^3.

a67. Municipality Nan. 2012-02-17. 8:00:00. 0.9. 9.0. 14.0. 02.01. 92.92.

Chiang Mai is current at: Quite a bump from earlier today. Appears the Nam station is not updated as often so it could be close to the CM numbers by now.

35t. City Hall. 2012-02-17. 16:00:00. 2.0. 43.2. 55.7. 0.3. 123.45.

If you hit the report tab & pull up the graph for pm10 at city hall, you get a peak of nearly 215(ug/m)^3 at 15.00 sad.png

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Yes, the worst for a few years. Last year was not so bad because we had early rain. It is said that the hill people burn the forest carpet because it increases the volume of mushroom spores. True or not?

Also I understand that CMU has a project which is aimed at educating people not to burn - but judging by the current situation this looks like a forlorn task.

A few ye ars ago the Government tried to ban it and sent out spotter planes to try and catch people burning fields. So, what do they do? They burn at night time.

I think Last year the Chiang Mai ci ty hall said they would ban burning in the district but clearly these were empty words.

Finally, the problem in Thailand is that trying to stop people doing something is like trying to force them to put helmets on their heads when driving motorbikes.

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First burn season in Chaing Mai and today is the first time I've seen it like this. Is THIS what it's like through the whole burn season, or is today worse than normal?

Also, where are you guys getting the satellite burn images?

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