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Global Warming In China

December 18, 2013
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By Paul Homewood


h/t Ice Age Now





Heavy snow has disrupted the life of people in Changchun, Jilin province, since Saturday. Despite the poor weather, traffic authorities and street cleaners diligently performed their duties on Tuesday, while people volunteered to help clear the roads of snow.[Zhang Nan / Xinhua]

After nearly 60 hours of continuous snowfall, it finally stopped snowing early on Tuesday morning in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.

The snowstorm, the worst since the city began recording daily weather conditions in 1961, claimed the lives of at least four people and caused injuries to another seven in neighboring Jilin province, Xinhua News Agency reported. No casualties were reported in Heilongjiang.

The average daily snowfall in Harbin from Saturday until Tuesday morning was 11.4 mm, the highest level recorded since 1961, according to the city’s weather station.

"It was a rare heavy snowfall in Harbin’s history in the past 50 years, up to 50 millimeters in some regions," said Chen Li, deputy-director of Harbin Meteorological Observatory.


Harbin is in the North East of China, but down in the South West, they are having problems with snow as well. Kunming airport there has had to cancel 152 flights because of heavy snow, stranding more than 8000 passengers.


Soldiers of the Armed Police Force clear snow at Kunming Changshui International Airport in the capital of Yunnan province on Monday. It is rare to have snow in the city in Southwest China, known as the City of Spring for its pleasant climate. (Photo by He Yaxin / for China Daily)



Didn’t someone say “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”?

  1. December 18, 2013 8:52 am

    Reblogged this on CraigM350.

  2. Hoi Polloi permalink
    December 18, 2013 9:18 am

    European ski resorts are craving for snow….

  3. Hector Pascal permalink
    December 18, 2013 12:13 pm

    “The average daily snowfall in Harbin from Saturday until Tuesday morning was 11.4 mm”

    Really? As much as 1.14cm of snow in a day, less than 1/2 inch. Amazing. That same system brought snow to northern Japan (Tohoku). I was out in it doing outside work around my partner’s factory, wading thigh deep through snow. Here it was about 75cm in three days.

    • December 18, 2013 12:34 pm

      I wonder if they mean cm. They talk of 3 meter snowdrifts.

      • Hector Pascal permalink
        December 18, 2013 1:23 pm

        Yes, it must be a typo. NE Asia is very cold in winter, receiving noth-westerlies from the Siberian high blocking system. It’s a dry airstream though, so normally they don’t get much snow. That same airstream crosses the Sea of Japan, loads with moisture (a mega lake-effect), and dumps snow along the western/northern edge of Japan. In my town we average about 13 metres per winter (16-17 metres for the last two). No-one bothers getting out of bed to clear a 10cm overnight fall

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