Amid the worst drought to hit China in 50+ years, Shanghai is facing its lowest precipitation levels in 138 years! You’ve probably all been failing to properly appreciate the ease of hailing cabs, the lack of rusty umbrella wires poking you in the face, the extra space on sidewalks, and the cleanliness of your shoes and floors. From Xinhua: “Shanghai’s urban areas have recorded just 132.9 mm of rainfall since the beginning of this year, the lowest level since 1873, said the report. Shanghai already experienced a dry and cold winter last year, with the the lowest average temperatures recorded in the city since 1978 . . . It is predicted that the city will face unusually high temperatures over the coming summer months, according to the report.” So what we’ve gained in aridity we’ll pay for later this summer in sweat. This weekend should see the end of this dry spell, however, as showers are predicted Friday through Monday.