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Smoke, Smog, Dust 2014 Chiang Mai


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10-15 km (10am), but yes.

Our visibility in Mae Taeng is under 5 km at the moment, likely due to the burning last night in the hills.

Spoke too soon as the winds came up and visibility is better than 15 km. Can see the mountains again and they are still smouldering away with active fires burning.

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I haven't checked back, but the following website may have been noted before (probably by Tywais). Anyway, it is an interesting site so here it is although I question how active it is.

You can subscribe, but the way to satellite feeds from UMD for a geographical area you designate. Check with UMD on how to go about that.

Otherwise, look at the history of the gruesome 2007 fire season on the left of the page. That was a very, very bad year.

http://satellite.ehabich.info/index_13.html

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Have received in the past week or so the first satellite reports for our area. Very little is shown. if you are out and around, you will probably have seen much more burning/burnt straw than the satellites have seen. They are not stationery over this area. The coordinates reported tend to be off a bit, but not far, just fairly consistently a couple of hundred meters east of likely locations. So far, just a couple of blazes south of Rte1095 in a farming area west of Mae Taeng and one in the Samoeng area. The satellites simply don't pick up everything, especially small fires and fires of short duration.

If you read the Chiang Mai Mail you can read the press release about some of the forest fire management efforts the government has been planning.

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"The Mist" narrative looks like wishful thinking to me. The Thais I speak to use it as well.

I'm on the 8th floor looking out about 180 degrees with the mountain in front. I've been here since late November and there has a visible brown haze pretty much every day to the extremities. It seems obvious to me that it is vehicle pollution. Car and motor bike.

No boubt it gets worse with the burning.

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Looking at the figures, Chiang Mai is at 66 pm10 while Rayong is at 246... I'm happy to be in Chiang Mai!

Yikes, did not realize Rayong got so bad. We have indeed been lucky up here in Chiang Mai this year. We had three large fires visible from the house that burned up in the mountains for four days, but the winds carried all the smoke northward. Let's hope the winds keep us clear this year.

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I haven't checked back, but the following website may have been noted before (probably by Tywais). Anyway, it is an interesting site so here it is although I question how active it is.

I keep the active, auto-updated map on the 1st page of this topic. It is updated at their site every 8 hours. I have been taking screen shots and posting them here to keep a historical view of the change as the firemap updates continuously.

Today, 24 Feb at 9:25AM

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Looking at the figures, Chiang Mai is at 66 pm10 while Rayong is at 246... I'm happy to be in Chiang Mai!

Yikes, did not realize Rayong got so bad. We have indeed been lucky up here in Chiang Mai this year. We had three large fires visible from the house that burned up in the mountains for four days, but the winds carried all the smoke northward. Let's hope the winds keep us clear this year.

Appearantly the numbers change quickly with just a shift in the wind. Rayong is now down to 61

Here is the chart of the stats for all over the Kingdom:

http://aqmthai.com/

I keep the active, auto-updated map on the 1st page of this topic. It is updated at their site every 8 hours. I have been taking screen shots and posting them here to keep a historical view of the change as the firemap updates continuously.

Thanks for this. I hadn't noticed it before, and it's good information!

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I haven't checked back, but the following website may have been noted before (probably by Tywais). Anyway, it is an interesting site so here it is although I question how active it is.

I keep the active, auto-updated map on the 1st page of this topic. It is updated at their site every 8 hours. I have been taking screen shots and posting them here to keep a historical view of the change as the firemap updates continuously.

Today, 24 Feb at 9:25AM

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This is a good map to get a sense of the culturally dominant agricultural rice culture practiced in SE Asia. It does not give you a local view, but it does rather scare the [email protected] out of you every year. Like burning in Hades, a common bad dream, I suppose! These progressive maps will actually get progressively a lot worse in the next month.

I wish Priceless were back, or that someone with his statistical sensibilities would take his place to post a "run" of the current statistics (and comparative numbers over the years) for Muang Chiang Mai. If you have done any research, you'll have realized that the number of monitoring stations in Chiang Mai is very, very, very limited, and, understandably,equally limited in the areal accuracy, but there is a fairly decent indication of what the broader problem is in this valley surrounded by mountains that hem in surface pollution during the nasty season (primarily mid-February through mid-April). So, much to the distress of Priceless and his methodical scientific sensibilities, i have always maintained that you should also trust your nose, not just the numbers.

So, what about this year? Well, I am holding my nose! So far, we seem to be doing fairly well comparatively, to give a rough estimate. Let us hope that the positive reinforcement activities of the Thai government might actually be beginning to work --- but they appear mainly in preventing and putting out fires in the forest, not focused upon the much more difficult business of persuading and providng the right economic incentives for stopping agricultural burning. That is a very, very difficult socioeconomic nut to crack.

So, if you choose to stay, suck it up! Literally. Yes, there are some masks and filters to provide some relief locally. Move out momentarily to cleaner climes, if you have the wherewithal. Here, walk, don't ride your pollutionmobiles! Screw the malls! Shop locally! Don't burn leaves in your garden! Learn how to suggest to others it is a bad idea without belaboring them! There are an infinite number of micro solutions, but acting positively beats pissing into a polluted breeze like complaining here!

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