Pyongyang, June 13 (KCNA) — Abnormal weather has been continuing in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the spring and summer, exerting an adverse effect on farming.
Kim Si Chon, a section chief of the Technical Research Center for Agricultural Information under the Academy of Agricultural Sciences, told KCNA that cold air has blown into the Korean peninsula owing to the intensified Siberian high air pressure and northwest wind. It had delayed the spring season a week over the normal year and 10-15 days over last year, he said, and continued:
The spring sowing, therefore, was delayed in the country as a whole.
From April, the temperature largely changed due to the periodically alternate high and low air pressure. The rate of sunshine duration has been recorded as lower than the preceding years.
On April 4, 16, and 30 the temperature rose and lasted for consecutive days and on April 13, 20 and May 6 the high temperature fell and continued for some days in Pyongyang and other west coast areas, the granary of the country. They adversely affected the growth of crops.
Rarely strong winds blew in Kangwon Province and different northern areas, hindering preparations for rice-transplantation.
The June average temperature is 1 2.2 degrees centigrade lower than last year’s. the amount of rainfall in the first ten days of the month is 35-60 millimeters, a 30 percent higher than that of the normal year. And it is envisaged that the average rate of sunshine hours for the month is 41 percent slightly lower than the normal year’s.
Kim Si Chon said that this summer the temperature throughout the country might be low, rainy season might come earlier than the preceding years, torrential rains might be recorded to cause flood and cold-weather damage might occur in some areas of the east coast.
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