I almost always see a smog layer when flying over Taipei right through the year. Its not particularly clean at all. I have many pictures of this over the years.
Correction: Taipei does.
My statement does not apply if one lives in Keelung or Ruifang.
I get where you’re coming from though, but I’ve experienced true blue skies in Taiwan (Kenting) and it gives me a sunburn in the time it takes to walk to 7-11 and back.
The air pollution in Kaohsiung has been absolutely gross yesterday and today. It was over AQI 170 yesterday and the air tasted like burnt rubber. I drive a scooter so I am getting even more crap in my lungs at ground level.
Today is not much better.
I spent the day yesterday driving all around Chiayi County from Meishan to Budai and there was just a constant stench in the air and haze.
For weather experts out there: any ideas why the air quality has gotten so much worse today? The weather’s been cold wet crap for about a week, but the air quality was good. Today, no real change in the weather, but it’s toxic out there.
How do you take the readings?
I want the location of that 17 reading. I want to move there.
I think Yangmingshan’s a little more upmarket than Xindian.
It seems the EPA’s data beautification algorithm missed a spot today
Yup, it’s ugly now. Weird day: in the morning it was lovely. Even from Danshui I could see ascending levels of mountains to the south. But later in the morning, and since then, ugh.
I don’t suppose I can blame more than 10% of this on all the baibai burning and fireworks?
So is phase one of China’s plan to conquer Taiwan to match the air quality with China?
I blame it on the baibai.
You can blame more than 80% of this on China.
I like using this site better. Thousands of citizen stations so you can compare to government numbers. Unlike the aqicn site, this displays raw pm2.5 values, not AQI; so use this calculator to compare.
PM2.5 | AQI -------+----- 0 | 0 6 | 25 12 | 50 23.5| 75 35.4| 100 45.2| 125 55.4| 150 102 | 175 150 | 200
The relation is not linear as you can see - the AQI is more strict at lower levels.
In related news, just ordered myself a Honeywell HPA200. Hopefully will increase lifespan by a couple of years.