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Northern China Receives Some Relief from Drought

February 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Rain and snow over Northern China - February 23rd, 2009

Rain and snow over Northern China - February 23rd, 2009

Northern China has been experiencing the worst drought in about fifty years. However, rain and snow over much of the region during the past week has brought some relief.

Since the occurence of the rain and snow, China’s Ministry of Agriculture has reduced the top-level drought emergency warning to a second-class level in a few provinces, reports the BBC.

Other provinces, such as Henan, have not yet received enough precipitation to alleviate the drought.

Beijing received up to 7cm (3in) of snow over much of the city last week, its first winter snowfall. Such a large amount is unusual for Beijing, which, although it experiences cold winters, usually experiences only a light dusting.

On the bottom right, part of the Bohai Gulf of the Yellow Sea is visible. Many sediments, from rivers such as the Hai, have spilled out into the bay.

Beijing, west of the bay, is covered by clouds. Clouds and snow are also visible at the top of the image.

Some of the precipitation may be due in part to cloud-seeding by the government (releasing molecules that produce rain into clouds, in order to articificially create or increase precipitation).

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