minus eight point eight

December 22nd, 2008

And so 新京报/The Beijing News’ Lin Wenlong confirms that, yes, in fact yesterday was really rather cold. The coldest December day Beijing has experienced since 1951, in fact, with a high of minus 8.8 degrees celsius. Setting records is always cool. Apparently a tiny little bit of snow did fall on northern and eastern suburbs like Pinggu, Shunyi and Tongzhou, but that big, big wind blew the rest of the snow down to Tianjin.

4 Responses to “minus eight point eight”

  1. John Says:

    That explains why it’s been so bloody cold here over the past two days. This is continuing to remind me of my first December in China, although that cold spell lasted for two weeks and we had snow the day before Christmas. But even back then, I’m sure the high was not as low as -8.8°.

  2. wangbo Says:

    Yep, last night’s CCTV 1 weather forecast had a big scary map showing almost the whole country freezing. And you’re right, you’re first December here it didn’t get as cold as yesterday- you’d have to go back to 1951 to find a December day in Beijing any colder than yesterday.

  3. michael Says:

    The whole country freezing? Shirtsleeve weather down here in Yunnan along the Nujiang.

  4. wangbo Says:

    Shirtsleeve weather along the Nujiang? That’s freezing by local standards, isn’t it? Obviously not the whole country was freezing, but the weather forecast did show a very cold blast affecting most of China.