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DPRK Experiences Exceptionally Heavy Snowfall This Winter
| Pyongyang, January 30 (KCNA) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has experienced exceptionally heavy snowfall this winter.
From December 1 last year to January 24, Pyongyang witnessed the snowfall for 26 days, Sinuiju for 15 days, Phyongsong for 19 days, Sariwon for 20 days, Haeju for 18 days, Kanggye for 27 days, Hyesan for 22 days, Chongjin for 24 days, Hamhung for 14 days and Wonsan for 13 days.
The figures mean once or more snowfall in two or three days in most of local areas, except Sinuiju, Hamhung and Wonsan, something unprecedented in recent five years.
157 cm snowfall was observed in Chongjin, 127 cm in Kimchaek, 75 cm in Wonsan, 44 cm in Pyongyang and 64 cm in Phyongsong.
Chongjin City saw 38 cm snowfall overnight on December 5 last year.
The country's average precipitation in December last was 22.5 mm, 5 mm higher than the average, with 34 mm in Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, January precipitation was registered as 21 mm in Chongjin and 62 mm in Wonsan as of the 27th.
Snow was covering the most of areas for longer period than ever, with Pyongyang 28 days, the longest since 1971.
Such frequent and heavy snowfall was due to the cold continental high pressure and periodical inflow of cyclone.
Falls of snow and rain are forecast until early February in the country, affected by migratory cyclone.
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