Weather updates

First post about weather on this blog.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Gene continues its trek through the South Pacific islands of Fiji and Vanuatu. Having already killed at least six people in Fiji, Gene continues to threaten the eastern Vanuatu and New Caledonia islands. It is now forecast to weaken, however.

Meanwhile, in China, record snowfall has cost the government in Beijing at least 54 billion RMB (US$7.5 billion) and killed 60 people. China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom was on the BBC World Service’s Newshour earlier today, and gave a figure of around 2,500 trains currently out-of-service for one reason or other. This is not good news leading up to Thursday’s Lunar New Year festivities, and one only hopes for the millions of people affected that the weather will clear up soon. Not if the weather bureaus are to be believed, though…

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