Sunday, March 14, 2010

Luang Prabang weather forecast - "Smoke"

Sunday, March 14, 2010.

This is the first place I've seen that has a weather forecast of "Smoke"

This is due to the slash-and-burn agriculture around Luang Prabang. The smoke has become very noticeable over the last month. We had a lovely cool breezy day last Wednesday which enabled us to see the sky. We got a lovely view of the mountains around us for a couple of days, but this was an exception. Most days the haze of smoke means we can't see the surrounding moutains.
We have even seen ash blowing around in the air.

A couple of weeks ago Ron and I were returning to Luang Prabang from a motorcycle ride in the country. It was dark and we could see the line of fire beside us, on the other side of the Nam Khan River. Oddly enough, we have not heard of any forest fires, which we find surprising, considering it is very dry (after all, it is the dry season).

Oh well, Luang Prabang is still lovely, even shrouded in smoke.