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Yellow sand observed over Tokyo, Osaka

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Yellow sand was observed over Tokyo and Osaka on Saturday morning.

The yellow sand, which is carried on winds from China, was first seen over the Japanese archipelago in the Fukuoka region on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The sand was seen at around 6 a.m. over Tokyo and the agency said it is expected to move over a wide area from northern to western Japan next week. It said visibility may drop to less than 5 kilometers in some places.

Last year, the yellow sand blanketed Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sendai and Sapporo.

The sandstorms are a frequent occurrence in spring as sand from the Gobi and other western deserts blow in an easterly direction.

The meteorological agency also said parts of Japan can expect unseasonably warm temperatures over the next few days. It said the temperature on Sunday is expected to reach 26 ℃ in Shizuoka and Kumagaya, about the average for May.

The temperature in Tokyo reached 25 degrees on Saturday, the warmest day so far this year.

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Yellow sand a lot like inflation/deflation, everyone realizes something's not right, but understanding root causes and solutions, difficult and not easy to achieve.

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Another wonderful present from China. A least it's not as bad as Covid.

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Yellow sand a lot like inflation/deflation, everyone realizes something's not right, but understanding root causes and solutions, difficult and not easy to achieve.

Only difference being that yellow sand ia perfectly understood, why it comes and from where.

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Everyone in Tokyo is masked up today.

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WeiWeiToday  06:28 pm JST

Yellow sand a lot like inflation/deflation, everyone realizes something's not right, but understanding root causes and solutions, difficult and not easy to achieve.

Only difference being that yellow sand is perfectly understood, why it comes and from where.

Great you have perfect climate understanding, as I was under the impression climate's a complex subject with great uncertainty, difficult to model etc. Please do share!

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It can cause silicosis disease as it goes to lungs. It’s a goos practice to use masks when you know there is sand in the air.

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A lot of people will be washing there cars next week as the dust from the sand will cover everything in a yellow dusty film.

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It can cause silicosis disease as it goes to lungs

BS! In most common observed symptoms, yellow dust can trigger allergy symptoms, such as itchy eyes, conjunctivitis, runny noses and sneezing. In certain fragile individuals it has been reported that yellow dust is related to an increase in circulatory organ illnesses, such as strokes and heart infarctions. But three is no evidence whatsoever backing up your silly claim.

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Oh, God - always hits me like s sledgehammer. I'll stay indoors with the windows shut until it's gone.

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Seeing that ½ the Gobi desert is split nearly equally between Mongolia and China it’s kind of interesting that Japan press releases say China and it’s a natural occurrence unlike smog. Any opportunity to try to talk negatively about China? Perhaps the Chinese in Japan you meet and greet every day are not a true representation of the Chinese people. Most of my Chinese friends in China are doing much better that those who come to Japan to work. They say China’s economy is better and can make more there why their people leave? Anyway back on point the desert is shared pretty much equally and it’s a nature. What’s the issue. You aren’t stopping sand storms.

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While no expert, have read China's land's steadily turning into desert as topsoil disappears. Why, the key question and how to mitigate and hopefully reverse. It's certainly not in their interests to suffer desertification.

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I read that sand from the Sahara Desert is routinely blown all the way to the tropical forests of South America, where it acts as an important fertilizer.

Where I live, the worst atmospheric contaminant is smoke from forest fires. It doesn't happen every year, but when it does, it is horrible. We use to have a terrible problem with man-made smog, but that is much better due to government regulations. As a youth, I remember, the smog would sometimes get so bad that the simple act of breathing was a challenge.

Much sympathy for those who have to tolerate the sand from the Gobi desert. How long does it typically last?

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Watch out! China will start claiming Japan as their property since Chinese sand is spreading over the islands. They've made completely crazy claims before.

Land wants a healthy ecosystem. China hasn't learned that yet, it seems. Until they do, their land will keep dying, turn into dust and be blown away. It is a proactive thing they need to do.

Where I live, we have about 5 weeks in the spring and fall when pollen is so high it isn't safe to be outside for about 50% of the population. This week has been bad with pollen counts over 5000. Everything gets covered with a dusting of yellow/green pollen, until a good rain washes it away. We wait until after it is done for the season to pressure wash our house and windows and vehicles. They even put out safety warnings:

During peak season for tree pollen, keep your windows and doors closed, especially on windy days. Avoid outdoor activities in the early morning, and be sure to shower and change clothes after coming indoors. Taking allergy medication can also help alleviate symptoms.

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Seeing that ½ the Gobi desert is split nearly equally between Mongolia and China it’s kind of interesting that Japan press releases say China and it’s a natural occurrence unlike smog.

American and Korean press also blame China.

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I want to apologize to everyone. I washed my car on Friday. As per the rules, the universe had to respond the following day.

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It can cause silicosis disease as it goes to lungs. It’s a goos practice to use masks when you know there is sand in the air.

I live in the desert. Dust is just part of the scene. If what you allege were true, and it isn't, I should have been dead many years ago and you should see a higher than normal incidence of silicosis among those of us who reside in the desert. But you do not. In fact a good argument could be made that the desert with its dry clean air is healthier than the big city.

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Watch out! China will start claiming Japan as their property since Chinese sand is spreading over the islands. They've made completely crazy claims before.

Everything under the Chinese dust cloud is sovereign Chinese territory. I would not put such claim past them.

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Yet China is acknowledging and attempting to deal with the situation.

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-step-up-tree-planting-campaign-help-reach-net-zero-2021-08-20/

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