Snow in mid-summer and more heavy rain (beginning last night) for already inundated areas. Possible food crisis.
Areas in Eastern China were evacuated over typhoon warnings, and it could impact parts of Zhejiang, Fujian, Shanghai, and elsewhere. Chinese state media reports that the Ministry of Emergency Management warned of heavy rains in parts of southern China from August 1 to August 6.
Meanwhile, problems with the quality of Chinese corn already in storage is deepening concerns about a possible food crisis in China.
Snow in mid-summer
The commentator is also worried about the snow at the end of July. Snow in mid-summer has been deeply, almost mystically, concerning to the Chinese since at least 1300 AD.
I’m not sure it was snow. I think it may have been graupel. Graupel is soft hail or snow pellets formed when supercooled water droplets collect and freeze on falling snowflakes, forming 2–5 mm (0.08–0.20 inch) balls of rime. And according to Wikipedia, rime is frost formed on cold objects by the rapid freezing of water vapor in cloud or fog.
Either way, if the Chinese peasants believe it was snow, it is deeply symbolic.
via Ice Age Now
August 4, 2020 at 02:43PM