English 中文网 漫画网 爱新闻iNews 翻译论坛
当前位置: Language Tips> 天天读报> 每日播报

CMA says cold front not over yet

[ 2009-03-03 13:34]     字号 [] [] []  
免费订阅30天China Daily双语新闻手机报:移动用户编辑短信CD至106580009009



Rain and snow are likely to hit most parts of the country in the following 10 days, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said yesterday.

The administration added that a fresh round of snowfall is also expected in Northeast China.

"Moderate to heavy rainfall - 30 to 150 mm - is expected on Thursday and Friday. This will be a relief from the prolonged drought to some extent," Chen Zhenlin, deputy director of CMA's forecasting service and disaster mitigation department, said.

He said the rain will cause temperatures to drop by 2 to 4 C, with cloudy and cold conditions expected for 3 to 5 days in some regions.

In the next three days, a cold front will hit northern regions, bringing 1 to 3 mm of snow to Shandong and Liaoning provinces, Chen said. He added that the temperature in some regions is expected to see a drop of at least 8 C.

The CMA warned that the rain and snow are not good for spring sowing and farmers should fertilize the fields scientifically and avoid wheat diseases.

According to statistics from the CMA, the average temperature in the country this winter is 2.6 C, about 1.7 C higher than usual. The average amount of precipitation is 28.1 mm, about 10.1 mm less than usual, with Guangdong and Guangxi witnessing a record low.

Due to the high temperature and low rainfall, China has witnessed its worst drought in more than five decades. It has affected about 10.7 million hectares of farmland, leaving at least 3.46 million people short of water, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

Experts warned that the persistent drought in North China might trigger forest fires and make the spring sandstorm worse, causing difficulty for transportation.

Yang Guiming, the top forecaster of the CMA, said a major sandstorm was expected at the end of March or early April.

This year's first sandstorm hit North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region on February 19, greatly reducing visibility.


1. What should farmers do to avoid wheat diseases, according to the CMA?

2. How much farmland has the drought affected?

3. Where did this year’s first sandstorm occur?


1. Fertilize the fields scientifically.

2. 10.7 million hectares.

3. North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

CMA says cold front not over yet

About the broadcaster:

CMA says cold front not over yet

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.