Seoul, South Korea Records Heaviest Snowfall Since 1981


Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC

The Associated Press reports that Seoul, South Korea experienced its heaviest single day’s snowfall in December in more than 40 years on December 30.

The Korea Meteorological Administration issued a heavy snow advisory for the nation’s capital Seoul, on Saturday December 30. On Sunday, December 31, the agency reported that “12.2 centimeters (4.8 inches) of snow fell on Seoul the previous day, the heaviest since 1981.”

Thankfully, although the heavy snow caused traffic problems, no injuries or deaths were reported as resulting from the snowfall.

NASA caught the snowfall on satellite, as seen above. They write:

The central provinces of South Korea were crippled when heavy snow closed roads throughout the region, including many in the country’s capital, Seoul.  According to news reports, the city of Daejon (Taejon) in central South Korea, received 19 inches (49 centimeters) of snow on Friday, with an additional 6 inches (15 centimeters) forecast for Saturday. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured this image of South Korea under a blanket of snow.



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