Dazing Haze - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

May 19, 2008

Dazing Haze

Purple haze all in my brain... well, with all due apologies to Jimi Hendrix, it's actually been more of a translucent and velvet vog that hovered over Oahu and other islands in recent weeks. And yes, the tradewinds do invariably come back and let us once again gaze upon majestic mountains and scenic city views.

But just think about how people in Los Angeles or Beijing or Mexico City or Denver are immune to these types of hazy days. For in those cities, bad air is not an anomaly, it's the norm. And to make matters worse, the particles in the air in those cities and countless others, is a lot worse to breathe in and breathe out than the air we deal with when we have volcanic emissions.

Simply driving along in the eerie stillness of our vapor-covered environment sure makes you happy that we don't accept this phenomenon as a regular occurrence. And unlike our infrequent vog days, most of the cities around the world who see grey cause the majority of their own problems- yes, manmade air junk. Thank heavens for our relatively clear heavens here in Hawaii. ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky... Think about it.

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