Thirty year interval between the two hottest snow

2022-09-26
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Two snow disasters, 30 years apart

when China went all out to fight the worst snow disaster in its memory, many people in the United States were commemorating the 30th anniversary of another snow disaster. It's a bit of a coincidence

this "white hurricane", historically known as the "1978 blizzard", swept North America at the end of January and early February 30 years ago, causing many Americans to lose power, heat and traffic for days or even weeks. People are trapped in their homes or offices, or on the road. Several States declared a "state of emergency" and mobilized the National Guard to rescue people trapped on the road

many Americans who experienced that Blizzard still cannot forget that disaster. I believe that those who experienced the snow disaster in China will not forget this experience

according to records, the blizzard in 1978 caused a loss of 500million dollars to Massachusetts alone. It is not clear how much damage the snow disaster will cause to China, but it will certainly hit us much harder, because this is the peak of population mobility in the year before our most important family reunion day, the lunar new year

however, it may not be meaningful to compare the two snow disasters. It is worth noting that these two snow disasters, which have spanned 30 years, have raised the same problem for us humans

many people believe that the recent snow disaster has exposed the vulnerability of China's prosperous economy. Obviously, the extreme weather caught the Chinese government and people off guard, aggravating our power shortages, traffic congestion and inflation

similar scenes can also be found in the great snowstorm of 1978. Some food should be rationed. In the disaster area, many people still have no heating, water supply, power supply or food supply for a week after the blizzard. The school was also closed for several weeks

however, even 30 years ago, as a developed superpower, the conditions of the United States were much better than those of China today. However, North American States hit by Blizzard have more advanced facilities to deal with ice and snow than several provinces in southern China during the recent snow disaster

nevertheless, Thomas schmittlin, a meteorology historian and professor of the Department of geography at the University of Kent in the United States, commented 25 years after the 1978 Blizzard: "with the comfort of our cars, electricity and heating, we may be more vulnerable to these blizzards than the Ohio people in the 19th century. Instead, they are more independent and can withstand the damage of a few days."

for China and the United States, the sales plan of construction machinery will reach 900billion yuan, which may be an uncomfortable truth. Although our level of development is different, we seem to be equally powerless in the face of natural disasters. Our modern infrastructure seems to be paralyzed by extreme weather

in southern China, people are fighting the snow disaster bravely. However, they can only minimize the loss, and cannot protect themselves first. Even after the snow disaster, these infrastructures have been improved, and it is difficult for us to ensure that in case of bad weather, the highway will not be closed, flights will not be canceled, and railway traffic will not be affected

if the modernity we rely on so easily is affected by the natural climate, don't we need to reflect on the extent of our dependence? When your only heating method is electricity, and the thermal power station is closed, what should you do

of course, we can't go back to the stone age in order to avoid the impact of extreme weather. However, if we still have no alternative to the transportation lines and communication lines that have proved extremely fragile in the snow disaster, it will be a real disaster

maybe the diesel locomotive that played a role in the snow disaster can give us some enlightenment. When the power interruption made the electric locomotive powerless, the diesel locomotive as a "ferry locomotive" drove the train out of danger

under normal conditions, all people will think that electric locomotives are "advanced" than diesel locomotives, but this is not the case in this disaster

these two snow disasters have given us the same warning. Mechanical properties are more important than other physical properties: the kind of modernization we indulge in is not as powerful as it seems. We need to find a way to withstand all kinds of weather conditions. The modernization we seek should improve our ability to cope with this snow disaster, not make us more vulnerable

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