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Smoke, Smog, Dust 2018 Chiang Mai

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New 2018 topic for fire & smoke conditions in Chiang Mai.

Members can report the conditions in their area and updates of the pollution numbers (PCD) in this topic. Also publish news updates regarding local conditions.

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I just joined and looking for information to plan my ride to ChiangMai from Singapore from 20th Apr - 1st May 2018.
I've booked the accommodation so hope the weather clears up soon.
I miss the magnificence of Doi Inthanon!

Thanks for the heads up.

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19 hours ago, TheScribe said:

The real smog is starting now.  This website is a good place to track it:- 

 

http://aqicn.org/city/thailand/chiangmai---cmis/

 

Also Air4Thai app on your smartphone.

 

 

I don't recommend using the Air4Thai app because it doesn't take PM2.5 levels into account.  It goes by the old/current PM10 based standard.   

 

I like the aqicn.org site, but keep in mind it converts everything to the US EPA AQI index so you cannot compare those numbers with either the raw PM2.5 or PM10 figures you see in the Air4Thai app; it's literally not the same scale/thing that's being shown. 

 

Also keep in mind that the aqicn.org site will happily show stations on the map that have different capabilities.  So then Mae Hong Son ends up looking relatively good... only because it only measures PM10 and the aqicn site doesn't clearly indicate this. (You can see it by clicking on it and then checking the graphs, and notice that the number is based on the PM10 reading.   Which is still useful (you can guess a PM2.5 concentration based on PM10), but doesn't make it easy to compare.

 

The short version:  between now and Songkran is a really good time for a holiday South. Like Andaman-south, the pollution is equally bad currently in Bangkok and only a little better in the Pattaya area.  Although it will come and go a bit, it's very possible for next week to be pretty good again.  (Somehow, every time I decide to leave the air quality improves.. it's a little like causing rain by washing your car..)

 

And air filters help inside the house, either the 3M filters for your air conditioners, or get a dedicated air filter from Home Pro or Siam TV or something.  

 

Oh, and smokers don't get to complain about air quality, no matter what it is you're smoking.  Smoking even a small number of cigarettes is WAY worse than anything you breathe in naturally.  Just being in the same area with a person who smokes sends the numbers sky-high.

Edited by WinnieTheKhwai

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On 2/13/2018 at 1:15 AM, TrempestSG said:

I just joined and looking for information to plan my ride to ChiangMai from Singapore from 20th Apr - 1st May 2018.
I've booked the accommodation so hope the weather clears up soon.
I miss the magnificence of Doi Inthanon!

Thanks for the heads up.

Too soon to say what air will be like then.  Hope for some good rains before you arrive.

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I wonder when someone will come up with the idea of tying some jet engines up to "blow" the smoke away.

 

It worked with the boats on the Chao Phraya, right?

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