Weather fore­cast glitch raises eye­brows in Ji­nan

Pleas­antly warm weather ex­pected for most of coun­try over hol­i­day

China Daily - - CHINA - By HOU LIQIANG houliqiang@chi­

Weather is one of things that most con­cern Chi­nese as they cel­e­brate the Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­day, which al­most al­ways in­volves long trips home to visit rel­a­tives and friends.

Many of the res­i­dents in Shan­dong’s pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Ji­nan, how­ever, were left as­ton­ished on Mon­day when they checked the weather fore­cast for the 7-day hol­i­day that of­fi­cially be­gins this week.

While many places such as Ji­nan were ex­pected to be bit­terly cold, the av­er­age day­time tem­per­a­ture in the city was fore­cast to range from only 8 C on Wed­nes­day to 28 C the next day and would stay at that level for days, Mon­day’s on­line fore­cast showed.

“I planned to put away my thick clothes and wear my sum­mer dresses for the fes­ti­val,” said one fe­male ne­ti­zen on China’s Twit­ter-like plat­form Weibo. The Spring Fes­ti­val falls on Fri­day this year.

The high tem­per­a­ture spike, how­ever, soon turned out to be false due to tech­ni­cal fail­ure on the Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter’s weather fore­cast­ing plat­form.

“The en­gi­neers were bom­barded with con­stant phone calls about what hap­pened. Are the com­put­ers of the fore­cast­ing plat­form also pre­par­ing for a fes­ti­val break?” the cen­ter joked on its Weibo ac­count.

Ac­cord­ing to the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which over­sees the cen­ter, false fore­casts were dis­cov­ered in 13 pro­vin­cial re­gions.

Af­ter the bug was re­moved, the lat­est fore­casts found that most peo­ple across the coun­try will ex­pe­ri­ence a warmer than usual hol­i­day.

North­west China, how­ever, will see rel­a­tively low tem­per­a­tures and heavy air pol­lu­tion, ac­cord­ing to author­i­ties.

“Nei­ther cold fronts nor wide-rang­ing freez­ing weather will hap­pen in the coun­try dur­ing the hol­i­day. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions will be fa­vor­able for hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Ma Xuekuan, chief fore­caster of the Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter.

Tem­per­a­tures in most parts of the coun­try, ex­clud­ing the North­east and North­west, will be higher than av­er­age, Ma said.

While most re­gions in the north­ern part of the coun­try will wit­ness lit­tle pre­cip­i­ta­tion dur­ing the hol­i­day, peo­ple in south­ern ar­eas will ex­pe­ri­ence driz­zle that may last for up to five days be­gin­ning Satur­day.

There may be heavy rain­fall in some ar­eas in the mid­dle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River Basin and some ar­eas south of the river, he said.

The higher tem­per­a­tures in the mid­dle and lower reaches of the Yangtze may af­fect air­craft pass­ing over the area and make flights un­com­fort­able. The fog in South­west China dur­ing the hol­i­day may af­fect air­line de­par­tures and ar­rivals, he said.

Peo­ple in north­ern parts of the coun­try are more likely to be af­fected by heavy air pol­lu­tion dur­ing the hol­i­day be­cause of un­fa­vor­able me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions for the dis­per­sal of pol­lu­tants, said the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion on Tues­day.

“Gen­er­ally, most re­gions will ex­pe­ri­ence good air, or mild air pol­lu­tion. Due to un­fa­vor­able me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions, how­ever, North and North­west China will be hit by moder­ate or even heavy pol­lu­tion,” said the min­istry.

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