Thursday, January 31, 2008

Year of the Rat Begins Inauspiciously

They're having super weird weather in China, which is messing up Lunar New Year travels (think of several hundred million people starring in their own versions of Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, but in China):
China's worst snow storms in decades forced the cancellation of more than 3,250 flights over the six days through noon on Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

The weather also delayed 5,550 flights and caused 380 planes to be diverted, Xinhua quoted the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China as saying.

They don't do small in China. In response to the massive snowstorms, the government has dispatched "about 460,000 army troops and paramilitary forces . . . to areas hit worst by the heavy snows to help clear roads, restore power and conduct relief operations . . . ." NYT. The Year of the Rat and the first Summer Games in China looks to be off to a rocky start.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Deluge

A rainbow over Eagle Rock during a break in the rains

It's been raining for a week straight here in Los Angeles.