Latest Beijing Meteorological Bureau Stories

2008-07-29 00:05:00

Authorities in China said the city's recent sauna-like weather conditions are not expected the last through the upcoming Summer Olympic games, which begin August 8. However, according to state media reports, organizers are still considering further pollution controls for the Olympic host city.  As of Tuesday morning, Beijing's skies remained grey, but an overnight breeze had dispersed some of the haze that has Olympic organizers concerned that current industry and vehicle restrictions...

2008-01-30 13:45:00

Zhang Qian, head of weather manipulation at the Beijing Meteorological Bureau may have found a way to keep the opening ceremony at August's Olympic Games dry. The attempts to mitigate light rain have been successful thus far. The Bird's Nest Stadium, where the Olympics will be held, has no roof. Because of this, the bureau has been instructed to prevent wet weather on August 8th.  Thus far, Zhang Qian and the bureau have been able to prevent light rain, but she says that it is much more...

Word of the Day
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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.