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Haze Over Bangladesh; Clear Skies Over Myanmar

21.4N 93.4E

February 12th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Rivers, Sediments

Bangladesh and Myanmar – January 27th, 2013

Haze hangs over southern Bangladesh and the mouths of the Ganges Rivers, along the Bay of Bengal. Mountains prevent the haze, which was likely caused by a mixture of smoke from agricultural fires and pollutants in India and Bangladesh, from spreading further eastward into Myanmar. The skies over the mountainous Chin state, near the border, are completely clear. Also, in contrast to the veiled view of the mouths of the Ganges, the Gulf of Martaban and mouths of the Ayeyarwaddy River, in Myanmar, can be seen with great clarity.

Haze Over Bangladesh and Bay of Bengal

22.5N 90.7E

January 23rd, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Clouds

Bangladesh – January 17th, 2013

Haze continues to hover over northern India and Bangladesh, blowing across the mouths of the Ganges River and over the Bay of Bengal. Such haze is common in winter, as temperature inversion keeps smoke from agricultural fires and urban and industrial pollutants near the ground, rather than rising higher into the atmosphere and dispersing.

Air quality has emerged as a significant problem for India and Bangladesh in the past decade. Studies have shown that between 2002 and 2010, levels of air pollution in large Indian cities increased faster than rapidly-growing Chinese cities, with many Indian cities recording double-digit increases in pollution.

Months After Onset of Fires, Smoke Continues to Plague India and Bangladesh – January 11th, 2013

22.2N 89.8E

January 11th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Bangladesh – January 6th, 2013

Smoke from agricultural fires continues to plague northern India and its eastern neighbor, Bangladesh. Eosnap has been observing this thick cloud of smoke since late October, 2012 (click here for previous images). Here, the cloud obscures northeastern India and much of Bangladesh, although the mouths of the Ganges are partially visible below the image center.

Striped Patterns in Smoke Over Bay of Bengal

26.6N 88.3E

December 19th, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers

Bangladesh – December 18th, 2012

As smoke blows southward, across the mouths of the Ganges River, in Bangladesh, and over the Bay of Bengal, it takes on a striped appearance. These rows of parallel lines are likely due to different wind speeds at different altitudes that stretch the smoke in lines along the wind direction.

Haze Across Northern India and Bangladesh

22.3N 90.9E

December 18th, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers

Bangladesh – December 17th, 2012

Smoky haze spreads from northern India eastward into Bangladesh, filling the lowlands south of the Himalayas and valleys along rivers such as the Brahmaputra, in northeastern India and Bangladesh (flowing westward from right edge and then southward). The Ganges River, flowing eastward across northern India, is hardly visible through the smoke, although its mouths can be seen along the Bay of Bengal.