Monday, January 09, 2006

Asia Shivers!

I love the rain and the cold weather but I hate it when it rains too much. Over here in Singapore, we have been having continuous rain for the past few days and it is showing no signs of stopping. The weather has been mildly cold here too. It is currently 23 to 25 degrees celsius. I think the lowest ever temperature recorded in Singapore is 20.5 degrees celsius.

The cold weather is also hitting other parts of Asia with more devastating effect. Reuters is reporting that there is record snow in Japan, shivering in Delhi and freezing in China. From Reuters:
In Japan, troops and workers tried to clear snow that had piled up to more than three metres high in some of the worst-hit areas of Niigata prefecture and to re-open blocked roads in Nagano prefecture. Both areas are northwest of Tokyo...

In China, cattle have died of the cold in the far western province of Xinjiang and a 42-km section of the Yellow River has frozen over in eastern Shandong, officials and news reports said...

In India, residents of the capital awoke on Sunday to the coldest morning in 70 years with the temperature falling to around freezing point, forcing officials to shut primary schools for 3 days.

Local TV footage showed a thin layer of ice on the grass in parks and on the roofs of cars as people came out for early morning walks.
Ahmad Qisa'i, a blogger in New Delhi says that this year's winter is the coldest he has ever experienced there. From Kuch Bhi Kaho:
Based on my own experience, having been in India since October 1996, this year's winter is the coldest winter I have ever experienced so far. Today, Sunday, 8 January 2006, Delhi experienced the coldest morning ever in which the morning temperature recorded at 8.30 AM in the city was 0.2 degree celsius, some few degrees well below the normal 5 to 8 degree celsius. Everyone in Delhi was shivering throughout day and the situation is likely to continue for the next few days. The Delhi government has decided to close the primary school for the next two days, until Wednesday, due this severe cold.
Blogger Dave who lives in Miyagi-Ken, Japan, has been seeing a lot of snow since last month. He says that having a lot of snow is a nightmare. From English Man in Miyagi-Ken:
When you have to go out in the snow shopping or to go to work it is a nightmare. Trying to walk through snowy and icy pavements is troublsome and riding a bike on the stuff is extremely dangerous. Yesterday I had to go out and it was snowing but not that heavy. Even so I took my bike and my gosh it was dangerous and I had to really concentrate on my biking. One lapse of concentration could be a dissaster,even braking has to be done right or you slide everywhere.
Another Japanese blogger Mayuko who lives in Akita-Ken, is also fed up with all the snow and wishes that it will stop. From Kayano:
The snow on the roof appeared like big mass. It was more than my expectation. My family started to shovel snow, but we couldn’t see the roof until it passed thirty minutes. When we found it difficult to finish in a day, a man came to close the house and started to help clearing snow! I kept working with wondering who he is, and found another man was coming to the house. He climbed the leader and started to clear snow. The other men who I don’t know came one after another. At last, there were totally nine people including my family.
Click here for Kayano's photos of the snow that is wrecking havoc in her hometown.

Update: For those of you who hate the rain or the snow, you can sing along to this.

25 comments:

Shy said...

I love snow! I guess it is different when you're a tourist going to a country which is snowing as compared to someone who has to live there.

Don't think I will like all the shovelling.

Gaylord said...

The sky is falling!

The sky is falling!!

Myra Leong said...

Is it snowing in New Delhi too? I can't believe it. It's amazing.

Boywonder said...

I want snow in Singapore too!

Mr Big said...

Myra Leong: No snow in Delhi but a lot of frost on the ground.

Damn this rain makes me sleepy.

Hazel Goh said...

Global Warming lah...

or is it Global Freezing. Ice Age is coming, anyone?

xXx said...

Did you guys watch the Day After Tomorrow. Scary shit ya. Maybe that day is coming after all.

Cherilyn said...

ill take the snow anytime. i dun really like rain.

Shy said...

cherilyn: Shovel! Shovel!

Lord Kimbo said...

I agree with Cherilyn. Snow is a great replacement for all the rain we are getting now. And I don't mind the shovel.

georgie said...

Try digging up tons of snow everyday.

Liverpudian said...

It always rain heavily in Singapore from December to January.

Just picture a hot sunny beach. Hmmmmmm.

Sir Thomas said...

The Great Ice Age, a recent chapter in the Earth's history, was a period of recurring widespread glaciations. Mountain glaciers formed on all continents, the icecaps of Antarctica and Greenland were more extensive and thicker than today, and vast glaciers, in places as much as several thousand feet thick, spread across North America and Eurasia.

Read more about the Great Ice Age here

http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/ice_age/

I doubt it will happen again because you need a significant drop in temperature globally for huge glaziers to form around the world.

weiyun said...

What I do not understand is that if we are supposed to be having global warming then why is Asia having such cold temperatures?

irwan said...

As the climate grows warmer, evaporation will increase. This will cause heavier rainfall.

Zhang said...

Global warming can cause the next ice age. If enough cold, fresh water coming from the melting polar ice caps and the melting glaciers of Greenland flows into the northern Atlantic, it will shut down the Gulf Stream, which keeps Europe and northeastern North America warm. The worst-case scenario would be a full-blown return of the last ice age - in a period as short as 2 to 3 years from its onset - and the mid-case scenario would be a period like the "little ice age" of a few centuries ago that disrupted worldwide weather patterns leading to extremely harsh winters, droughts, worldwide desertification, crop failures, and wars around the world.

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0130-11.htm

t pauline said...

You guys want snow? Go to Snow City beside Science Center.

SHREK said...

With all the rain that is falling, there will be heavy flooding in Singapore.

Rickie said...

I haven't heard of any flooding in the news yet. Nah, we need a tsunami to cause heavy flooding in Singapore. Our drainage system is able to withstand most heavy rainfall.

Anonymous said...

Global freezing, global warming, get used to it, 'cos Mother Nature has back-up plans to combat temperature deviations. This is one of them.

That said, I feel pity for both the creatures that would die as a result from the drastic freeze, and the poor humans that must live on despite the harsh weather. *Thinks of Pakistan*

egghead said...

The people who die during such cold weather are those so poor that they do not have a house to call their own. They will freeze to death without proper shelter.

Sir Thomas said...

We are seeing more extreme weather recently than before thanks to global warming. And I fear that this will continue until the world takes drastic measures to combat global warming.

Anonymous said...

My prediction: Ice Age by the year 2100. Any takers? :oP

JAJA said...

The temperature of singapore reached 21.5 c yesterday, coldest in years. hey not bad for singapore...was really shivering when the wind came...but now its warm again. The sun came out today. We experienced a winter like Hong Kong for about a week

Anonymous said...

Here is what I don't like about going back to SG... 21 deg is a T-shirt and shorts weather in parts of the world with 4 seasons. and YES I do remember pulling out a sweater when it dropped to this temperature. :)

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