And your PSI reading for today is …

The haze is visiting us again from Indonesia (and when I say visiting, what I really mean is barged into our home like an obnoxious and unwashed houseguest who then refused to take a bath for weeks on end while occupying your favourite couch and eating everything in your kitchen). So now I have a new hobby: checking the National Environment Agency‘s helpful Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading website every few hours to find out if the haze is in fact worsening or if it’s just my imagination.

Sadly, for today at least, it’s not just my imagination.

Over brunch, wahj affirmed that the 11 am PSI reading was 128 (anything over 100 is designated as “unhealthy” by the National Environment Agency). That’s pretty bad, harking back to the days of the 1997 haze, when for the first time, the PSI was above 100 for about 12 days in total and peaked at a horrifying 226 (that falls into the “very unhealthy” category).

Naturally, that was the year that the word “haze” entered the Singapore vocabulary, in the sense of referring to a specific smog-like miasma generated by out-of-control forest fires in Indonesia.That was also the year I stopped wearing contact lenses because my eyes were not happy with all the dirt particles floating around in the air.

I wore my contact lenses today without my eyes feeling any the worse for wear, but that was just for a couple of hours. Now the PSI’s at 150 (that was the 9 pm reading and it’s been climbing all evening). I think I’m just going to stay home with the windows firmly closed — and hope for the best.

2 Comments so far

  1. liangcai (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

    better stock up on them masks too!

  2. jer (unregistered) on October 8th, 2006 @ 3:02 am

    That explains why the eyes have been really irritated by the contacts as of late. Time to change a new pair.

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