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March 11, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Snowing in Shanghai

Situated on the coast of eastern China, Shanghai is located between Beijing and Hong Kong. Being in a humid, subtropical climate, Shanghai’s weather is moderated by the coastal waters, yet far enough north in latitude to experience four distinct seasons (near 30deg North latitude, Shanghai is similar in latitude to New Orleans, LA). Snow however, is rare; typically only one or two days of snowfall each year. For 2010, the first snow was on January 11  with only a couple of occurrences until yesterday.

Beginning Monday, strong winds blew in from north-central China and the snow began Tuesday. The port city reported that 70% of shipping was either delayed or cancelled while chunks of ice were reported in the harbor. The snow ended late Wednesday with little accumulation.

Flurries in Shanghai Tuesday. (Apparently pictures of the Shanghai snow are as rare as the snow itself, as this is the only one I could find.) Photo:

Shanghai is now settling into several days of pleasant early spring weather: sunny with highs near 60F, then showers later on Sunday and Monday.

Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps 2.0 Interactive Mapping System.




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