Here is something positive from the #coronavirus outbreak and the national lockdown – for the first time in decades, residents of northern India and Pakistan plains are reporting they can see the distant snow-capped Himalayas. At a distance of 150-200 km. Yes, although it might sound unreal for some, this is an exceptional and rare event! With the worldwide spread of coronavirus, many countries including India made a very robust national lockdown to prevent the virus spread. This lead into a very significant decline of air pollutants (such as NO^2 and PM10) and clearing the skies.

New Article about nitrogen dioxide decline around the world:

New data on the significant decline in air pollution with Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) around the world – impressive air quality improvement across the United States and Europe

As it has happened in many other countries around the world, the industries in India have been shut down for weeks, millions of people are in a quarantine which puts much less cars and transportation on the roads and highways. And indeed also a much less air traffic ongoing aloft. All this together brought a much more clear skies with a sharp decline in air pollutants – in other words, visibility has improved! Pollution across northern India has declined for more than 40% over the last few weeks.

Much clearer air in the cities of northern India – e.g. Jalandhar district (Punjab state), and also in northeastern Pakistan has brought an unprecedented sight for many residents – the 200 km distant Himalayas have become visible. For the first time in the past 30 years! Note that India has more than 20 cities (out of Top 30 in the world) extremely polluted, so seeing the distant mountains was impossible until now. Many residents were impressed and even shocked by the look over the snow-capped mountains.

Graphics by: Daily Mail

Here are a couple of reports from Indian residents, imagine their joy and mesmerizing feelings watching the mountains in much better air for the first time in decades:

Reports from Pakistan:

The lockdown in India (and indeed globally) continues for several weeks now, so air pollution will remain at much lower levels than normally also in the near future. This is at least some positive news from this rapid spread of the pandemic outbreak.

See also – significant air pollution decline in Italy and China in March:

The #COVID-19 environmental factual effect over Italy: The nationwide lockdown leads to significant decline in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emission

New data of #COVID-19 effects on the significant decline of nitrogen dioxide over China, now again increasing as lockdown is over

Meanwhile in the United States – severe weather outbreak and Arctic outbreak on Easter Weekend:

Dangerous severe weather and tornado outbreak likely across Louisiana into the Tennessee Valley and most of the Southeast US on the Easter Day – Sunday, Apr 12th

An *intense* Arctic cold outbreak spreads across much of the United States after the #Easter Weekend