Northern Savior from Siberia

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Dec 22, 2016 23:39
Today’s TV news said that the smog in northern China will be dispersed thanks to strong winds. People in Beijing will be able to see the blue sky again. On hearing this, I instantly realized that people in the South should be careful, and that we’d better prepare for even more severe smog. The reason is that, every winter, a strong cold current of air originating in Siberia will blow south across China.

In the South, every time we hear that a cold current’s coming, it means the weather will turn freezing cold. The temperature can drop as drastically by as much as 20 Celsius degrees in a single day. So, it's quite normal to us if, some day in the late spring, we wear short-sleeves in the morning, but down jackets in the afternoon. (In the early summer, the area along the Yangtze River is the battlefield where the cold air from Siberia clashes with the warm air from the Pacific, resulting in a whole lot of rain.)

This time, thought, things are a bit different, because what the cold current from the Siberian tundra brings will not only be cold air, but also smog from northern China. It’s easy to predict that the pall of the smog will cover the Southern cities, with poisonous particles floating around. It turns out that the cold current will actually become the savior. Some people jokingly said that it's no wonder the supreme leaders living in Beijing never make much of an effort to address the pollution, because a northern savior will always rescue them in time.



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