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More hazy, dusty weather ahead as sandstorm changes course

SHANGHAI is likely to experience more hazy days and sandstorms in the future, according to a seminar held in the city this week.

Zhuang Guoshun, professor at Fudan University's Department of Environment Science & Engineering, said there are noticeable changes in the pattern of sandstorms from north China in recent years and its impact on southern regions, including Shanghai, was underestimated.

Usually, sandstorms blow from the north toward the Pacific Ocean, sparing regions in central and southwest China. However, recent weather records show that those regions also fell prey to sandstorms, making the affected area much larger, Zhuang said.

"The latest two sandstorms this spring even reached Guangdong Province and Taiwan," Zhuang told Shanghai Daily this morning.

The professor was not sure whether the change of route was a new occurrence or had been overlooked in research. He said study is ongoing to find the answer.

Shanghai experienced some hazy days caused by the sandstorm in the north this March and the next sandstorm or haze is likely to come this autumn, Zhuang said.


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