"The start of spring in Los Angeles was quite different this year. Following California Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 19 “stay-at-home” order restricting travel across the state, the city’s famous 12-lane freeways emptied. And in their place, LA residents started seeing things that this urban area of 13 million people had not before: clear views of the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains to the northeast and Santa Catalina Island off the southwestern coast.
But it was not only Los Angeles; clear skies and incredible views were reported in Bangkok, Bogota, Beijing, Nairobi, and Paris. Some of the most dramatic reports in early April were from Delhi, where the omnipresent brownish-gray haze was swept away, replaced by blue skies in the aftermath of a nationwide lockdown. Delhi city-dwellers reported magnificent views of the stars at night, and residents of cities in the north of India reported seeing the Himalayas for the first time."