Latest Haze Stories

2008-06-24 09:02:48

Smoke and haze from the hundreds of northern California wildfires is so thick that San Francisco pollution officials declared an air-quality alert. The smoke is heaviest in Napa and Solano counties north of the Bay Area due to a major fire near Fairfield, Calif., but the hazy skies and smell of burning wood has become so ubiquitous that Northern Californians are getting accustomed to it, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday. It smells like you're right near a campfire, Benicia,...

2008-03-19 08:15:00

Study: Early explorers saw particulate haze in late 1800sScientists know that air pollution particles from mid-latitude cities migrate to the Arctic and form an ugly haze, but a new University of Utah study finds surprising evidence that polar explorers saw the same phenomenon as early as 1870."The reaction from some colleagues "“ when we first mentioned that people had seen haze in the late 1800s "“ was that it was crazy," says Tim Garrett, assistant professor of meteorology and...

2008-02-21 09:05:00

Venus Express has revealed a planet of extraordinarily changeable and extremely large-scale weather. Bright hazes appear in a matter of days, reaching from the south pole to the low southern latitudes and disappearing just as quickly. Such "Ëœglobal weather', unlike anything on Earth, has given scientists a new mystery to solve. The cloud-covered world of Venus is all but a featureless, unchangeable globe at visible wavelengths of light. Switch to the ultraviolet and it reveals a...

2005-08-13 00:59:05

By Jalil Hamid KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia lifted a state of emergency in two areas near the capital on Saturday after air pollution levels fell well below the danger mark, easing the country's worst pollution crisis in eight years. Officials said changing winds have helped lift the smog which has shrouded central Malaysia for a week, dispersing the haze into the northern part of the country. The sky over Kuala Lumpur was clear for the first time in days and the weather bureau...

2005-08-12 07:32:20

By Bazuki Muhammad and Ade Rina KUALA SELANGOR, Malaysia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Malaysia got a short breathing space on Friday from its worst air pollution crisis in eight years as changing winds scattered acrid smoke from forest fires burning in neighboring Indonesia. The skies cleared over downtown Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Towers and palm trees shivered in breezes that carried away some of the haze that has shrouded the city for a week, although weather officials warned that the...

2005-08-12 03:17:26

By Bazuki Muhammad and Ade Rina PORT KLANG, Malaysia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Malaysians prayed for rain on Friday and a quick end to the country's worst pollution crisis in eight years as residents choked on acrid forest-fire smoke blowing in from neighboring Indonesia. As the call to prayers echoed from mosques around the mainly Muslim country, the premier called for Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus to seek divine intervention to wash the skies of a week-long haze that has...

2005-07-23 18:16:59

MIAMI (AP) -- An enormous, hazy cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert is blowing toward the southern United States, but meteorologists do not expect much effect beyond colorful sunsets. The leading edge of the cloud - nearly the size of the continental United States - should move across Florida sometime from Monday through Wednesday. "This is not going to be a tremendous event, but it will be kind of interesting," said Jim Lushine, a severe weather expert with the National Weather Service in...

Latest Haze Reference Libraries

2009-07-06 17:01:44

Arctic haze is a phenomenon that occurs in the atmosphere at high latitudes in the Arctic due to air pollution. What distinguishes Arctic haze from haze found elsewhere, is the ability of its chemical ingredients to endure in the atmosphere for a longer period of time compared to other pollutants. Due to limited snowfall, rain, or turbulent air to displace pollutants from the polar air in the spring, Arctic haze can continue for more than a month in the northern atmosphere. Arctic haze was...

2009-07-06 16:44:13

Haze is a type of atmospheric phenomenon where dust, smoke and dry particles in the air obscure the sky's clarity. Haze is created through various activities including farming, traffic pollution,and even wildfires. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) categorizes the obscuration of the Earth's atmosphere by a list of different types of atmospheric phenomena. One of these is haze. The other classifications are: fog, ice fog, steam fog, mist, smoke, volcanic ash, dust, sand, and snow....

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