Saturday, July 08, 2006

Pollution

Heads up folks!! Multiple posts here. Scroll further down for the apartment.

But right now, I want to talk about the single worst problem here. The pollution is aful. I mean, it's really bad. You can taste it. You can see it. People need to wear pollution masks when going outside. I'm glad there's decent air filtration in buildings and air conditioners, or else we'd all be goners.

Typhoon season is coming, so lots of mixing of air masses, which means lots of wind. Very brisk this morning. Kept things moving along nicely. The picture below is a nice one of the southern mountain range. Not often that we can see it, since it's usually obscured by smog.


Below is a picture to the south of Will's apartment. It's the scene we see every day, except today (Saturday morning) it was clear.

Here is the same photo a few hours later, when things picked up in Taichung (people woke up). This is typical of many days here. The smog you see is not fog, but pollution. Yes, it's THAT bad....

Here's a photo to the southeast of Taichung. Just to the right of the white building in the photo above. Notice the clouds of pollution being blow eastward where they become trapped by the mountains. This is how it is in Taichung. Fortunately, most of the pollution blows past us since we're central. But I'd rather be west....


So if our time in Taiwan is shortned, this will be the only reason. We're going to have to learn to deal with it....

1 comment:

andres said...

welcome to taiwan!