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...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:
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.
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.