Heavy snow in spring?
Many Europeans are facing winter’s icy grip on lands that should be thawing in springtime temperatures by now, with Britain on track for the coldest March since 1962.
Now there is a very cold winter in Europe.
Thick snows covered cars, houses and also trees.
Rivers, lakes and canals are frozen.
More than 400 people died.
But in Malaysia, it is very hot…..
I wish it snows in Malaysia 🙂
So, I wrote a poem entitled, ‘Snowing in Malaysia’:
Snowing in Malaysia
If only it ever be snowed….
….all over the Malaysian road
I’ll then be making snowman
or maybe some ‘snowvan’…
Playing with snowballs
and not going to the malls
If Malaysia ever be snowed….
Here are some pictures of the cold winter in Europe:
On Sunday, Mount Sinabung on the north of Sumatra island erupted; and on Monday it erupted again.
The volcano was inactive for four centuries or four hundred years; since 1600.
It shot ash 2 km or 1.5 miles into the air.
The eruption triggered the highest red volcano alert.
About 21,000 people left their houses because it is very dangerous to be near a volcano if it erupts.
Hot lava and burning rocks from the volcano can burn houses, trees and everything on its way down the volcano.
Volcanic ash covered trees, plants, houses and everything in the area.
People leaving the area were also covered by ash.
Some flight to Medan and Sibolga were delayed.
Indonesia in on the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
In April, 2010 the volcanic ash from Eyjafilljallajokull glacier in Iceland closed airspace and airports all over Europe and thousands and thousands of passengers were stranded all over the world.
I wonder if Malaysian airspace and airport will be closed if the volcanic ash problems get worse …
A few weeks ago, my family and I went to a castle.
The castle is not as tall as the castles in Europe.
It’s name is Al-Rawsha.
Anyway, it is not a real castle; it’s actually a restaurant
The restaurant is at Jalan Kampung Pandan.
From the outside it looks like a real castle.
We went there to buy food for iftar.
The restaurant sells Middle Eastern cuisines.
We bought ‘Chicken Mandy’ and ‘Lamb Mandy‘.
There are yoghurt, salsa and rice together with the ‘Chicken and Lamb Mandy‘.
They are so delicious!
I wonder if there is any more restaurants that looks like a castle 🙂
Glacier Express derailed in the Swiss Alps on Friday, July 23, 2010.
It happened near the town of Fiesch and the mouth of the Aletsch glacier.
The Aletsch glacier is Europe’s largest icemass.
The train was on a journey between Zermatt and St. Moritz.
1 person was killed and 42 people were injured.
Train accident is very rare in Switzerland.
Glacier Express is a very popular tourist train in Switzerland.
It has very big windows so that the passengers can see the beautiful Alps mountains, glaciers, streams and other wonderful things around.
The Glacier Express is known for its majestic mountain climbs.
It is called the “slowest express train in the world”.
It travels at an average speed of 18 mph (30 kph).
This is another disaster.
On Monday a speeding express train collided in India.
I am very happy that more and more stranded passengers are going home.
More airports and airspace are now open in Europe.
But it will take time to get everybody home.
Here is a list of countries as of 2100 GMT on Tuesday and their airspace status:
* Denotes new or updated item
AUSTRIA – Airspace open as of 0300 GMT Monday.
BELGIUM – Belgium has begun allowing planes to land and intends to allow some flights to depart from 1200 GMT.
BOSNIA – Airports open.
* BRITAIN – Airspace reopened at 2100 GMT.
BULGARIA – All airspace and airports open.
CZECH REPUBLIC – Airspace and airports open as of 1000 GMT on Monday. Situation to be re-assessed at 1000 GMT on Wednesday.
DENMARK – Will open most airspace from 0000 GMT Wednesday until at least 0600 GMT, opening up for traffic from Copenhagen and four other airports
ESTONIA – Airspace open until at least 0000 GMT Wednesday.
FINLAND – Airspace will be closed until at least 0600 GMT on Wednesday.
* FRANCE – Air France plans to run all long-haul flights on Wednesday, some flights to northern Europe remain suspended.
* GERMANY – Airspace restrictions will remain in place until 0000 GMT Wednesday.
HUNGARY – Hungarian airspace is fully open, the air traffic authority said around 0800 GMT on Tuesday.
* REPUBLIC OF IRELAND – Airspace reopened.
ITALY – Airspace has completely reopened.
LATVIA – Airspace open.
LITHUANIA – Airspace to remain open until at least 1800 GMT, when a new decision will taken.
LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg Airport reopened at 0800 GMT, with flights due to start at 0900 GMT.
MOLDOVA – Moldova, which lies between Ukraine and Romania, resumed international flights from 0730 GMT.
MONTENEGRO – Airports open.
* NETHERLANDS – Passenger flights began on Monday. Night flights resumed on Tuesday.
NORWAY – Airport authority Avinor reopened all of Norway’s airspace for commercial traffic on Tuesday. The airspace will remain open until midnight GMT.
* POLAND – Will reopen airspace at 0500 GMT Wednesday.
ROMANIA – Airspace fully reopened.
RUSSIA – All airports open. Aeroflot is flying to the United States via the North Pole.
SERBIA – Airports open.
SLOVAKIA – Airspace and airports open as of 1240 GMT on Monday. Situation to be re-assessed at midnight GMT on Wednesday.
SLOVENIA – Slovenian airspace was opened at 1000 GMT on Tuesday. It had been partly closed since 0200 GMT Tuesday.
SPAIN – 17 airports open.
SWEDEN – Airspace open for flights north of a line stretching from Stromstad to Stockholm. High altitude flights over southern Sweden are allowed.
SWITZERLAND – Geneva and Zurich airports reopened on Tuesday morning though some flights were canceled at both.
TURKEY – All airports open. Planes flying out of the Black Sea cities of Samsun, Sinop and Zonguldak have been advised not to fly higher than 6,000 meters.
UKRAINE – Kiev’s Borispol airport open.
(Compiled by London Editorial Reference Unit)