Winter is coming, and it looks like this one is going to be a doozy.
Meteorologists predict that this will be the coldest winter that China has had since 2012 (four whole years!). In the northeast and northwest things are expected to get especially frigid for the next few months
The blame for this harsh winter is being put on La Niña, an ocean-atmosphere phenomenon that is the counterpart of El Niño and is associated with cooler than average sea surface temperatures in the Pacific.
“Affected by a growing La Nina, the country’s average temperature this winter is forecast to be 0.5 degree (Celsius) lower than average,” Zheng Fei, a researcher at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences, told China Daily.
Back in 2008, La Niña hit China hard, resulting in blizzards and snowstorms in 21 provinces and 107 deaths. Fortunately, this year’s winter isn’t predicted to be as bad as that.
But we have more problems than just La Niña, there’s also an air mass from the Arctic to worry about that is already keeping things pretty chilly in Beijing, giving schoolchildren plenty of opportunities to practice their chosen winter sport.
So, this winter, expect even more shirtless PLA soldiers:
Elderly skinny dippers:
Sub-zero pole dancers:
And all the other things that make winter in China so very magical.
If you get too cold, just learn from Yu Fazhong, a 58-year-old man who has spent the past 10 years living alone in the one of the coldest places in China. His secret to staying warm? Drinking lots of alcohol.