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第480期
(2022/3/28出刊)
撒哈拉沙塵暴 席捲歐洲

  A powerful storm system brought clouds of Sahara dust to parts of southern Europe on March 16th, leading to dramatic orange skies, very poor air quality and a layer of accumulating mud in Spain, Portugal and France.
  Europeans woke up to eerie skies, from the grimy gray in Madrid to orange-hues in the Swiss Alps. While Spain is bearing the brunt of the storm, cleaning crews had extra work as far away as Paris, London and Belgrade to remove the film of dirt falling on cars and buildings.
  Experts described the event as “extraordinary” for the amount of dust in the air, but noted that it had not broken any records. This type of event typically occurs once or twice a year, normally in February or March, when a low-pressure system over Algeria and Tunisia gathers up dust and carries it north to Europe.

 強大的風暴系統席捲撒哈拉沙漠的沙塵,三月十六日吹往歐洲南部部分地區,西班牙、葡萄牙和法國出現引人注目的橘色天空,空氣品質嚴重惡化,還有不斷累積的泥漿。
 歐洲人一早醒來看到詭異天空,從馬德里的骯髒灰色,到瑞士阿爾卑斯山脈的橘紅色,西班牙首當其衝,沙塵暴也遠至巴黎、倫敦和貝爾格勒,為清潔工帶來額外工作,忙著去除落在汽車和建築物上的灰垢。
 專家指出,這次空氣中的灰塵量「非比尋常」,但沒有打破任何紀錄。類似沙塵暴通常每年發生一到兩次,一般是在二月或三月,成因是阿爾及利亞和突尼西亞上空的低壓系統聚集地面塵土,往北帶到歐洲。