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Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 02:15 PM UTC

Smog affecting lack of rain

Environmental IssuesSmog along the Pan American Highway In David, Chiriqui affecting warm air from reaching Pacific ocean to form rain clouds.

My hat goes off to President Martinelli for the infrastructure he is developing to attract industry that will give jobs to all those school children you see waiting on buses.

Panama now has a water emergency. It also has a lot of smog between the mountains and the ocean along the Pan American Highway do to the lack of smog control on the vehicles that are creating it. The smog does not allow all the warm air to get to the ocean to mix with the cold water and form rain clouds that come ashore and give us the much needed rain Panama needs.

It is time for the Government to make laws to require vehicles to have catalytic converters and mufflers that are factory equipment. The glass pack mufflers are loud and contribute to pollution. The Boquete buses are some of the worst offenders.

Five years ago you could see Boca Grande and the Islands and water as you drove down from Boquete. Now they are hardly visible. It will only get worse as time goes by.

If those laws are on the books they need to be enforced. If emission control laws are not passed and enforced Panama will look like Mexico City which has a worse smog problem than Los Angeles, which has less smog since they made laws to control emissions from vehicles.

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Smog affecting lack of rain
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 16 2013 @ 05:09 PM UTC

"The smog does not allow all the warm air to get to the ocean to mix with the cold water and form rain clouds that come ashore and give us the much needed rain Panama needs"

Can you please indicate the source or study that you got this from? I've never heard this before, so it would be interesting. Thanks!

Smog affecting lack of rain
Authored by: ChiefEngineer on Thursday, May 16 2013 @ 06:14 PM UTC

What scientific basis does the author rely on to state that smog is blocking moist air movement??? I've never heard of such a phenomena.

What has come to be accepted today is to use anything that sounds halfway plausible to buttress a position that has merit. This seems to be the case here. Envro-extremists use juiced up scare tactics frequently to force an emotional reaction from government of other authority. Many scientists have prostituted themselves and Science in order for "the greater good", or "The cause", in order to supposedly save the Planet.

I hope the author of this ditty replies here with hard evidence.

Smog affecting lack of rain
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 16 2013 @ 06:14 PM UTC

Mexico City has bad smog because of its geography. Their laws on driving and when are very strict because of it, yet the main culprit is its geography..

Smog affecting lack of rain
Authored by: JPANAMA on Saturday, May 18 2013 @ 06:46 PM UTC

I do not agree that geography is the culprit for the smog in Mexico city. The last time my wife and I spent an entire month in the city we were practically chocking on diesel fumes from trucks, buses, etc. We have spent two vacations in the city and both times we visited a building with a view from the 13th floor on Avenida Juarez. The first time we had a beautiful view of the street and park below, however during our second trip we could not see neither the street nor the park. I am not a scientist but I believe the main problem with the city is that it sits in a valley surrounded by mountains. I lived in Los Angeles prior to WW II and we had beautiful skies. After the war the situation worsened. One of the main problems with the somg in LA is the mountains east of Pasadena. Once the smog reached the mountains it had no where to go so it settled over the city. One solution to alleviated this problem was to dig huge tunnels in the mountains and install massive fans to extract the smog from the LA basin to the desert area. That idea got shit canned real fast.