From the way that it’s been raining most days since last Friday, I thought that Korea’s rainy/monsoon season had already started, but apparently not (yet).
This year’s monsoon season will begin in Jeju on June 17, [Thursday] and the weather front will reach the southern part of the peninsula the following day and the entire country on June 19, [Saturday] the Korea Meteorological Administration predicted Monday.
Fortunately, the weather today so far looks good going into South Korea World Cup match with Argentina (8:30 p.m. Korea time).
As of 2 p.m.* yesterday (Monday, January 4, 2010), the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) had recorded a snowfall of 25.8 cm, the most since 1937, which caused traffic chaos.
On a side note, this is the biggest snowfall that I can remember ever seeing in Korea.
* Not the factory-produced boy band
In case you didn’t know, rainy season, or summer monsoon season (“jangma” in Korean), officially began two days ago (though you wouldn’t know it from the wonderful weather of the last two days). Actually, the Korea Meteorological Administration has more-or-less given up trying to predict the beginning and end of the rainy season. When it does start, though, it can rain for several days straight, and rain is not foreshadowed by clouds or dark skies. Even if it’s a sunny day with a blue sky, take an umbrella anyway. The rainy season typically starts at Jeju Island and the moves it way up the peninsula. Right now, I’m looking at a weather forecast that predicts sunny weather on Jeju until June 27th, when it’s supposed to start raining continuously.
The Chosun Ilbo, Hankyoreh, Korea Herald, and Korea Times all have articles about how the Korean peninsula, especially Seoul, is warming up faster than the rest of the world.