Hello there! My name is Pao. I am currently a graduate student of the University of Washington's Atmospheric Sciences Department. I was born and raised in Tacloban City, Philippines. I finished my bachelors degree in Physics (2010) from Ateneo de Manila University, pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Earth System Physics (2011) from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and I'm now in Seattle on my second year as grad student.
The two photos you see above were taken from Mount Bachelor (our research station is located at the summit) overlooking Three Sisters and what's called Broken Tooth Mountain. Left photo was taken on July 22 while the right photo was taken ~3 weeks later. Both were taken at 11:00 local time. I assure you that no photoshop was done on the pictures, but you could see how hazy the atmosphere was on July 22 compared to Aug 14 (you could see that some of the snow has already melted too!). We do lots of measurements on the mountain and, indeed, we saw elevated levels of PM (Particulate Matter), ozone, and CO (Carbon monoxide), among other things, on July 22 compared to the cleaner Aug 14.