Major Snow

Authors: Go Chengdu

2015-12-06

“Major Snow” refers to a period when the weather gets even colder than that in Minor Snow, and the possibility of snowfall increases.
The Major Snow (Da Xue, 大雪in Chinese) is the 21th term of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms (a supplementary system in the Chinese calendar to guide farm work), when the sun moves to the celestial longitude of 255 degrees. “Major Snow” refers to a period when the weather gets even colder than that in Minor Snow, and the possibility of snowfall increases.
It is a period that most areas of China, except the southernmost China, have suffered from the cold winter weather, when the average temperature in the frontier areas in northern China has dropped below -10℃ and the average temperature in Yellow River Basin and other areas in northern China is at about the freezing point. In Major Snow, heavy snow hits most parts of northern China and even the Yellow River Basin areas see the fall of snowflakes. The areas of southern China, however, especially Guangdong, still enjoy a warm weather.
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