Brrrrr! Seoul is freezing COLD!

winterEarlier, I wrote about how it was getting colder here in Seoul.  However, if you see this snapshot I just took with my iPad, you’ll see that there’s a huge difference between 41 degrees Fahrenheit and -2 degrees Fahrenheit – 43 freaking degrees difference!  

Excuse my french accent here, but it is definitely colder now and according to Yonhap, today may be the coldest day this winter here in Korea.  In contrast to the temperatures in the article though, it was actually -19 degrees Celsius vs. the -16.5 they reported.

Being from the Northwest region of the U.S., this is definitely a stark contrast to the mild temperatures I am used to.  When I originally wrote about 41 degrees being cold, I really did feel like it was weather that would require a few extra layers.  However, after walking literally just 3 minutes from one meeting at 6a to breakfast at a little after 7a, I felt like my face was going to fall off.  I can’t even imagine what it’s like in other cold places in the world like Canada, Greenland or Moscow.

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Definitely getting colder (rapidly)

As you may have read, the weather’s turning chillier in the mornings and at night here in Seoul.  However, you could really feel it today.  See the temperature out right now?  It’s almost in the 30’s now despite still being in October.

So, if you’re planning on traveling to the land of the morning calm, bring a sweater, a jacket or at least a few extra layers.  It’s getting cold!

Weather’s turned very cool here in Korea

ImageAs I mentioned earlier about the weather being much better here in Seoul, it’s definitely cooled down from the sweltering summer heat. It’s actually cooled down enough where you have to start wearing extra layers.  And as I remember from the past, the fall will be relatively short with Winter upon us.  So, I went to get some extra clothes today at Dongdaemun.  I’ll be picking up a bit more once I get paid here in a few days.  🙂

Typhoon Bolaven Appears to be Heading West

Korea’s bracing for what might be.

In Okinawa, Typhoon Bolaven tore through the country with no regard for the citizens.  From CNN, they report:

Typhoon Bolaven, with wind gusts that reached as high as 259 kilometers per hour (161 mph), is the strongest to strike the region in nearly 50 years. And with a cloud field of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), it is 20 times larger than Okinawa’s length.

An Emergency Warning by the Department of State was also issued for all US citizens here.  In sum, they warned it could be extremely severe and from the reports in Okinawa, their reports are proving possibly to be very accurate.  They did warn that it would happen yesterday, but it appears it will be more likely here today, Tuesday, August 28, 2012.   Continue reading