Tokyo struggles with heavy snowfall

Tokyo struggles with heavy snowfall
15 Jan 2013

Heavy snow that blanketed eastern Japan over the holiday weekend left one man dead and 900 others injured, as Tokyo commuters took to the slippery streets on Tuesday.

A low-pressure system, dubbed a “bomb cyclone” by local press, dumped 8cm of snow in nine hours, the heaviest snowfall in the region since January 2006, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It left 13cm of snow in neighbouring Yokohama, while mountainous areas around Tokyo saw up to 30cm.

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Brrr! China’s coldest winter in decades at new low

Brrr! China’s coldest winter in decades at new low
January 5, 2013

BEIJING — China is experiencing unusual chills this winter with its national average temperature hitting the lowest in 28 years, and snow and ice have closed highways, canceled flights, stranded tourists and knocked out power in several provinces.

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Blizzards, freezing rain hit north China

Blizzards, freezing rain hit north China

BEIJING, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) — Beijing authorities released a citywide orange alert and regional red alert concerning blizzards early on Sunday morning as a cold spell swept across northern China.

China has a four-tier color-coded snow warning system: red, orange, yellow and blue, red being the most serious.

By 10 a.m. on Sunday, the capital had received an average daily precipitation of over 58 mm, a post-1951 record for the city during China’s Nov.-March winter period, according to the Beijing Meteorological Center.

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Cold weather hits Indian mangoes

Variable weather hits Indian mangoes

Wet and cold weather in many Indian states during flowering has meant mango exports are already considerably lower than normal, with wholesale prices doubling in some cases.

Amrut Farms and Processes in the western Indian state of Gujarat has 2,500 Kesar mango trees exporting small volumes to the U.K., as well as supplying two exporting companies.

Owner Rishikesh Sojitra said his farm’s yields would be 50% lower this season compared to the previous one due the weather.

“Fruit setting was affected because it was colder than normal after flowering, resulting in lower pollination. It has affected us very badly.”

He said normal temperatures from December to February were around the 22-25°C (71.6-77°F) but this season temperatures were only 12°C (53.6°F).

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China: Record cold this winter

Record cold this winter: CMA
March 13, 2012

BEIJING – China’s coldest winter since 1986 is expected to end by mid-March, with temperatures increasing gradually in most parts of the country, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

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Japan: Unusually Cold weather delays blooming of early cherry blossoms

Cold weather delays blooming of early cherry blossoms
09 March 2012

…This year, however, winter’s unusually cold weather has pushed back the blooming of the Kawazu cherry blossoms by about three weeks compared to the average year…

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China: Cold weather pushes up vegetable prices

Cold weather pushes up vegetable prices: ministry
March 13, 2012

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) — Cold weather drove vegetable prices higher for the week that ended on March 11, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Tuesday.

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Unusual March cold wave makes Maharashtra shiver

Unusual March cold wave makes Maharashtra shiver
Mar 9, 2012

PUNE: Ahmednagar shivered at 7.3 degrees celsius while Pune recorded the state’s second lowest minimum temperature at 10.1 degrees celsius as a cold wave prevailed over parts of central Maharashtra on Thursday.

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Harsh Winter Kills 40 Children in Afghanistan

Harsh Winter Kills 40 Children in Afghanistan
February 19, 2012

A harsh winter has killed almost 40 children in Afghanistan in the past month, most of them in refugee camps in Kabul with aid groups warning Sunday of more deaths as temperatures keep falling.

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Pakistan – Karachi shivers during coldest February day in 30 years

Karachi shivers during coldest February day in 30 years
8th February, 2012

KARACHI, Feb 7: With dry and cold continental winds blowing in the city, Karachiites experienced the coldest day in 30 years on Tuesday when the mercury fell to 21.8 degrees centigrade during daytime, said a Met official, adding that the current cold wave was expected to persist for a couple of more days.

The weatherman said that the minimum temperature recorded on Tuesday was eight degrees centigrade while the maximum was 21.8 degrees centigrade. Humidity, or the measure of amount of moisture in the air, was recorded at four per cent.

Until now, the coldest day on record for February had been Feb 27, 1988 when the mercury dropped to 22.2 degrees centigrade.

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