Sunny Days May Break This Year's Monsoon Rains

    June 17, 2008 09:06

    A monsoon front will affect the entire nation starting Tuesday with the first seasonal shower forecast nationwide. But the Korea Meteorological Administration predicted more "dry monsoon" days of sunshine and low precipitation this summer, compared with the typical monsoon of downpours throughout the wet season.

    The national weather agency says the monsoon front reaching southern Chinese inlands to the west and Japan's south coast to the east will gradually move up to dump rain all across Korea from Tuesday. The showers will continue through Wednesday, let up briefly and resume on Saturday. This year's monsoon arrives four days earlier than last year's and two to seven days earlier than the average (1973~2000).

    Some 10~50 mm of rain will fall Tuesday on Jeju Island and the southern Jeolla province coasts, 10~30 mm in Jeolla provinces, 5~20 mm in Chungcheong and South Gyeongsang provinces and 5~10 mm in Seoul, Gyeonggi, Gangwon and North Gyeongsang provinces.

    The monsoon has arrived but its progression will be different this year. A KMA official says days of ceaseless rain will likely give way to a continuation of sunny days interrupted by bouts of showers. Chung Yong-seung at the Korea Center for Atmospheric Environment Research (KCAER) describes the recent monsoon front as showing a long shape with unstable and irregular disconnections, unlike the usual pattern extending from east to west. "In this case, it will be difficult to predict how much rain will fall, when and where," he said.

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