Behold the power of China’s weather gods!

To best appreciate the awesome-but-sadly-apparently-temporary powers of China’s weather gods, you must play this mp3 while reading:

[audio:Toxic Love.mp3]

All these photos are from out our kitchen yángtái windows. The blue sky photos are from Oct. 1st; the less-blue ones are from this morning.

When we flew in to Beijing on Sept. 30 we could barely see the terminal from the airplane on account of all the kōngqì wūrǎn (空气污染). But not to worry, in China the They can change the weather. When there’s an important made-for-TV event, They make it rain the night before and… voila!:

That was Oct 1st, the even-more-important-than-the-Olympics 60th anniversary national day military parade. And this next photo was from this morning — apparently They didn’t have any photo-ops scheduled today:

Pollution is measured here in term of “blue sky days” (蓝天). True to form, since reality in China is whatever They say reality is (you really ought to read 1984), “blue sky day” doesn’t actually mean that the sky is blue or clear; it means the official pollution readings are below a certain level, which often is still thick with haze. And never mind that the cut off line for blue sky days is still considered hazardous by the rest of the world’s pollution monitoring scales, or that They don’t even bother measuring the most harmful forms of air pollution particles. In this last photo, you can see the colour starting to change in the top left corner; there were no clouds today, and if you looked straight up, you could actually see some faint blue.

P.S. – I think I’m just about done whining about the pollution, at least for now. Posts on karaoke survival, creative ways to stay connect with family back home, Tianjin’s suspiciously curvacious public statues, free One Child Policy baby accessories, and a racial Disney moment at the English school are all in the works.

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7 thoughts on “Behold the power of China’s weather gods!”

  1. I guess that it’s appropriate to pray for frequent rain. May you be able to enjoy more real blue sky days.

  2. thanks. they actually made it snow by accident a couple weeks ago (they were trying for rain, but the temperature dropped unexpectedly).

  3. That’s nice. We actually got a nice blanket of snow last night. They’re predicting even more for Tomorrow night and Friday morning. Exciting stuff for the Abilene area :)

    1. funny you ask that, because movies routinely comes up in class as a topic among my students, and someone always mentions “the Day After Tomorrow”… for some reason they like that one. And 2012 is super popular in China right now.

  4. Can’t believe that it is that bad in China. Used to think China & USSR are facing least pollution problems. By the way, you have a lovely kitchen.

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