VietNamNet Bridge - Hanoians are experiencing an abnormally hot winter with higher average temperatures in the first half of December compared with the same period 10 years ago. Nguyen Dang Quang from the Central Hydrometeorology & Weather Forecast Center commented that Hanoi is witnessing an ‘unusual’ winter. In previous years, December was always the coldest month with the strong northeast monsoon. It is now still hot and sunny. The meteorological station located on Lang street showed the average temperature in the first half of December was 22.4oC. The station in Ha Dong district showed the same thing. Meanwhile, the average temperature in the first half of December in the last 10 years was 18.5oC. Quang said spells of cold still came in the first half of December, but the cold air intensity was not strong enough to reduce the temperature sharply. In general, a spell of cold can force the temperature in Hanoi and northern provinces down by 10-12oC … [Read more...] about Winter still to be seen in the north despite climate changes
Schools to play catch up after cold snap (19-02-2008) Pupils at Ho Thau Primary School in Lai Chau Province wear thick overcoats during lessons. The school has resorted to using make-shift heaters to keep classrooms warm on the coldest days. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Truong HA NOI — Schools should plan to teach pupils on Saturdays and Sundays when it becomes warmer to compensate for time lost due to the long winter vacation, said Primary Education Department deputy director Le Tien Thanh. Thanh said the Ministry of Education and Training would let individual schools decide for themselves the extent of winter vacations in future on condition they ensured students received at least 35 weeks of study each year. The extra study time should finish before June 30. Thanh said his department had drafted a document guiding teachers how to protect student health during long, cold winters. This would enable local schools to let pupils stay away from school if it was too cold. … [Read more...] about Schools to play catch up after cold snap
In Briefs (26-02-2008) Cold weather hasn’t yet run its course HA NOI — A cold spell on Monday saw a reduction in temperature in the north. It is now expected that the daily average temperature will go below 15 degrees Celsius from today until the end of the month. The cold spell is the result of high temperatures from the north which caused showers, strong winds and rough seas the last four days. Meteorologists forecast that another wet cold spell is expected to hit the north on March 2 or 3. The record month-long winter has wreaked much havoc killing nearly 60,000 cattle heads, more than 150,000ha of rice and causing losses of over VND400 billion (US$25 million). Ha Noi trees shed leaves as weather shifts HA NOI — Trees in the capital have massively shed their leaves in the last few days because of the sudden change in the weather. The Bio Technology Institute’s Plant Biochemical Department expert Nguyen Hoang Tinh said the lack of sunshine in the cold winter … [Read more...] about Cold weather hasn’t yet run its course
VietNamNet Bridge – La Nina cooling pattern has been cited as the main reason behind the unusual climate in many places in the world, including the north of Vietnam which is facing a very cold winter. Dao Thi Thuy, Head of the Climate Forecasting Division under the Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, in the interview given to VnExpress, explained why it is unusually cold in the north. What are the causes of the current unusual coldness? In 2010, we saw the unusual El Nino and La Nina, which are the names of the global coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomena. El Nino occurred at the beginning of the year, while La Nina appeared at the end of the year. The manifestations of the La Nina have become clearer, which brought unusually cold temperatures. ENSO (El-Nino Southern Oscillation) is a periodic climate pattern that occurs across the tropical Pacific Ocean. It is characterized by variations in the temperature of the surface of the tropical eastern … [Read more...] about Why is it unusually cold in the north?
Ba cot sweet soup good on winter days By Thanh Nga in Quang Nam Ba cot, a sweet soup made from sticky rice, is popular among people in the central province of Quang Nam. This sweet soup can be found at many occasions like death anniversaries, the Lunar New Year (Tet) or on rainy and cold days. You can cook it on your own as the recipe is quite simple. You just have three things ready – sticky rice, honey sugar and ginger, and of course, water. First, use water to briefly clean sticky rice before putting it into a pot on a small fire. When glutinous rice is boiled soft, pour honey sugar into the pot with a moderate volume. Ensure a small fire in the cooking process and stir the soup in a gentle way until it becomes a thick liquid. The next step is to peel ginger, grind and scatter it into the soup. A bowl of hot sweet soup with a fragrant ginger smell served with grilled rice paper will make you warmer on cold winter days. … [Read more...] about Ba cot sweet soup good on winter days