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|Tuesday, January 02, 2001, updated at 16:50(GMT+8)|
Beijing Sees Floating Dust on New Year's DayThe first day of the new century saw Beijing in a light yellow shroud of floating dust, a kind of weather seen for the first time since winter began in Beijing and rarely appeared in such a season in Beijing's history.
Meteorologists watched passing dust in the suburbs since 7:00 am on January 1, driven by a wind at a speed of 20 meters per second and at 9:00 the dust began to enter urban area. The dust will gradually lose its force at night and a clear sky can be expected in a few coming days, said Beijing Meteorological Observatory.
In the past, strong sandy dusty weather usually occurred in the spring, and this time's unusual weather has made some residents uneasy. Meteorologists say the sandy weather was only a passing northwesterly airflow and this didn't necessarily indicate more serious sandy dusty weather in the coming spring than last.
By PD Online Staff Li Heng
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