The heavy rain in the last two day has brought Guangzhou into flood season, 19 days earlier than previous years, according to Guangdong Meteorological Observatory. Are you ready to go to work by SHIP???
From March 18 to 19, Guangzhou has issued 9 blue alerts for thunder, lightning and gale, and 6 yellow alerts for rainstorm. Fenghuang Street in Tianhe district has been flooded by about 114.8 millimeters of rain, the heaviest on record in the last two days.
Wet weather will continue in the coming days and another heavy rain is forecast to occur on March 22 and 23.
On the other hand, Guangzhou and Shenzhen have tested the national Sponge City program as to absorb and recycle rainwater. The first pilot site for a "sponge city" project in the Tianhe district Guangzhou, started on July 2 last year, involving transforming a lake into a wetland park. The move is expected to reduce the volume of stormwater in the city by about 180,000 cubic meters every time a heavy storm occurs.Shenzhen has piloted a national Sponge City program in 24 areas, covering 256 square kilometers. The program involves the construction of infrastructure to deal with heavy rainfall, as well as the redevelopment of urban areas. Pilot cities will feature new green spaces, green roofs, and absorbent ground surfaces. Weather forecast for Guangzhou
Tuesday, March 21, overcast, 17℃ to 21℃
Wednesday, March 22, shower to heavy rain, accompanied by thunder, gale and lightning, 17℃ to 22℃
Thursday, March 23, heavy rain to shower, 17℃ to 23℃
Friday, March 24, overcast, 18℃ to 24℃
Saturday, March 25, cloudy to shower, 17℃ to 23℃
Sunday, March 26, moderate rain to heavy rain, 13℃ to 18℃
Monday, March 27, moderate rain to heavy rain, 11℃ to 17℃
Today, March 20,is also the Vernal Equinox when day and night are of approximately equal duration. After the Vernal Equinox, days in the Northern Hemisphere will get longer and night shorter. In Chinese agricultural calendar, Vernal Equinox (or Spring Equinox) marks a beginning of a new sowing season.
It is interesting that Guangzhou has fallen into a “golden autumn” after the storm. But do you know why trees in Guangdong drop their leaves in spring instead of autumn? It is learned that in the north China where winter is chilly, trees have to shed their leaves in autumn as to decrease heat loss in cold weather. However, winter in the south is warmer and trees here can survive in the cold. Their leaves won’t fall until spring when old leaves have to make place for new ones. And this is why people in Guangdong can appreciate leave-falling in spring.