"It's Just a Storm": The Ebb and Flow of Yangtze River Delta Weather | Speaking of China

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  1. Jessica
    Jessica September 6, 2010 at 11:57 pm | | Reply

    I used to live in Hurricane territory — South Carolina — and was 9 years old when Hurricane Hugo, a massive storm, completely devastated my hometown. Then I moved to Texas, where we had to worry about tornados. I think the weather in the US is more extreme than in China. Not that weather related disasters don’t happen in China, but they tend to be less violent. In China you’re more likely to be killed by flooding than by having a tornado rip through your home or a storm surge wash away your house.

    I did experience a couple of those dark as night days in Beijing though and seriously, I’d never seen anything like it before, not even during the hurricane. Those clouds were so. freaking. dark. The streetlights actually came on during the day! Once I was in an office of the internet company I used to work for and once I was teaching at the school where I work now. Both times people got so worked up about the sky being so dark that they couldn’t concentrate on anything else and kept going to look out the windows and check the sky. 😛

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