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Spring Sowing Expected to Be Late for Abnormal Weather

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, March 5 (KCNA) -- Wheat and barley sowing would be started in late February or early March every year in Korea. This year, however, it is expected to be some ten days late in almost rural communities because the atmosphere has remained lower than the average in March. Kim Mun Uk, a section chief of the Central Weather Forecast Institute of the Hydro-Meteorological Service, said that such abnormal weather is attributable to the lower temperature in winter than the average, caused by the fact that cold air has steadily come to Korea with the Siberia high atmospheric pressure and northwestern wind being further intensified than ever before.
    In an interview with KCNA he said such normal weather as three days cold and four warm, a result of the periodical change of high pressure and low pressure with each other, has gradually disappeared in the country in recent years so that cold continental high pressure has persisted in the country this year, too, causing cold weather.
    This year's winter weather is lower than the average, more than one degree lower than last year.
    As a result, soil is frozen 30-65 cm in the most of the areas in the country, 5-10 cm more than last year.
    With the change of atmosphere expected to be serious due to the abnormal weather not only in spring but in all other seasons, it is noteworthy what effect it will give to the country's agriculture.

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