Weird Weather

Most of the population in the southern half of China is now living off railway platforms and bus shelters. No, it is not because they have been left out by China’s giant economic strides. Nor have they been caught in a Chinese mainland subprime mortgage crisis. Its a much bigger reason than that: they are victims of climate change.

Yes. Because of heavy snow, all long distance travel has come to a stand-still. Roads and tracks are covered with knee-deep snow, bridges have collapsed and the entire transportation grid has been held hostage by the weather.

Snow fall is not uncommon in China. It is only the time and the place that makes it look so wierd. Beijing has clear skies; the north has a relatively warmer climate instead of the usual harsh winter. And the south is caught in an unexpectedly cold winter.

It is not just happening in China. Delhi, India, is at near freezing temperatures (~2.3C) that schools are closed for a week. Mumbai is seeing temperatures in the range of 9C, which I had never witnessed in the years I called Bombay my home. To contrast all this, I read a report from NASA the other day that the entire Artic ice cap is shrinking because of warm weather.

What the heck is happening? Global warming, climate change, environment disaster? Beginning of the next ice age?? Or is it just weird weather?


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