(1) Climates

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Jan 28, 2018 02:27
A heavy snowfall hit our city lately. Exactly speaking, it wasn't snow and I wouldn’t call it hail, because there were neither snowflakes nor hailstones. They were simply iced raindrops. The lowest temperature in winter here is around zero degrees Celsius. So, when it “snowed,” it basically rained “ice sand.” Usually, it “ice rains” during the -1~-2 ℃ night, and the ice on the ground starts slowly melting around the noon (the temperature is slightly above 0℃), but in the afternoon, the melt begins to freeze again (the temperature is below 0℃). As you can see, the roads are easily covered with a thin layer of ice!

It’s also hard to eliminate the road ice, because you cannot sweep it like snow. Even if you have cleaned it off, a new layer will quickly form because of another rainfall and the 0℃ temperature making it frozen again. Most flights, both inbound and outbound, are cancelled because the tarmacs are covered with ice. Most food deliveries cease for safety concerns. Walking outside, you’ll see some people slipping and falling to the ground.

I’m bored with the climate here. In the area along the Yangtze River, where the cold Siberian wind and the warm wind from the tropical Pacific meet, it rains on most days of the year, and thus the humidity is pretty high. During winter, it’s damp and cold, so it’s indeed “freezing” cold. During summer, it’s humid and hot, so it’s truly “steaming” hot. Which is really excruciating. In summer, you live in a huge sauna room. You feel hot. You sweat profusely but your perspiration never dries. In some other areas, a gust may make you feel cool in summer. However, here, it only makes you feel worse, because a moist, hot wind won’t help dry your sweat (take the heat off your skin); it’s like another hot shower poured over an already-in-a-hot-tub you. :’( In winter, the weather is cold and your clothes is wet. It’s as if ice grows on you. In southern China, there is no central heating system. Therefore, when I was in university, it was fun to see my classmates who were the most scared of the cold were those from northern China. In their words, “It’s much drier in their hometowns. They have heating inside rooms.”

Ugh! Right now when I'm writing, I hear a loud thunder. It'll rain ice again!