3 feet of snow covers South Korea's eastern coast
South Korean soldiers remove snow from cars Monday in Gangneung.
February 14th, 2011
08:22 AM ET

3 feet of snow covers South Korea's eastern coast

South Korean soldiers were digging out cars and searching for trapped residents Monday as areas along its eastern coast tried to recover from the biggest snowfall in 100 years.

More than 39 inches (1 meter) of snow blanketed the area over the weekend, according to the Yonhap news agency. The city of Gangneung got more than 30 inches (77.7 centimeters) on Friday alone, Yonhap said, the most ever recorded since record-keeping began in 1911.

And more is likely to come. More than 19 inches (50 centimeters) was forecast to fall Monday, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported.

The Gangwon provincial government reported $4.3 million in property damage from the snow, Yonhap said.

More than 300 people were trapped in their homes in isolated mountain areas, The Korea Herald reported. Authorities had dispatched 22,000 workers and 1,750 snowplows to the area to clear the snow, it said.

See an iReporter's tour of snowy Chuam Beach.

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  1. termlimits

    That global warming is h ell !! lol !

    February 14, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ancient Texan

    This is God's way of telling Al Gore to hush and give away all of his ill-gotten gains.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. umbreon`960

    Its unfortunate that grade 5 science seems to be beyond the grasp of so many people these days. Although climatology is not my specialty (i am an applied mathematician) the basic correlation between global warming and the current events seems relatively straightforward to grasp:

    With gradually increasing temperatures, you have more evaporation (water evaporating into the air) occurring in the tropic zones. As this air containing a higher density of moisture moves north and south into the temperate zones via trade winds circulation patterns, it collides with cool air being moved from the poles. This results in more violent weather fronts with higher amounts of precipitation in the form of rain and snow, and wind when the two wind patterns meet.

    This is exactly what has been happening this year all over the world. The flooding in Queensland, snow in North American and Europe, and this korean event, etc. If you followed the weather patterns as they developed for these events, it was textbook.

    The difference between it being simply a short term weather event and a climatological event will be if this unstable and more extreme weather events occur more frequently as time progresses (typically measured over years and decades). But a higher frequency and more widespread aspect to higher impact events will certainly also be a factor climatologists examine.

    Climatologists have been indicting that overall global temperatures have been increasing – this means melting at the poles, extreme heat in the tropics, more evaporation cycles, and more extreme weather, summer and winter, in the temperate zones. So North Americans, Europe, Asia, see more snow, more rain, more heat, not less!!!

    So this global warming really is hell......

    February 14, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      Nice cut and paste! LOL!

      February 14, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • albert

      and you're absolutely positive

      February 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. blimey

    Yes but scientists who believe in god will tell you the strange weather is the work of the Almighty, not man.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. world be free

    The nba would be more fun to watch if the players had cool names again.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    I bet Umbreon is a blast on a date .

    February 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT

    i bet you if they asked nice north korea couse set one of there nukes to stun and melt that snow..

    February 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stats-R-Us

    Global Warming nonsense at it's best!

    February 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ancient Texan

    And, it's been going on since the scientist's "Big Bang", most of that time without man in the picture. It's called weather.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. really?

    It's not global warming, it's god's will. God caused the excess snow and rain the same way it creates diseases in children, breast cancer in women, malnutritions around the world and fosters hate around the world. Let's give god the credit it deserves, shall we?

    February 15, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pete

    people using this to repudiate global warming are morons. its not record cold its record snowfall..what makes snow? water. how does one get water into the atmosphere? evaporation. what causes evaporation? yes folks we need heat. warmer temps lead to more precipitation which leads to record rains, floods, snowfall.

    February 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. umbreon`960

    Thank you Pete.

    I just came back to this article today, and it is astounding to read some of the drivel about God's will and other such nonsense. I don't deny anyone the right to believe in a higher deity should that be important to them, but really, do you think it would be concerned with weather control!!

    @ termlimits. While I guess you cannot conceive of writing such solely from your base of knowledge, I am capable and did exactly such. No cut and paste of any sort involved. Just the ability to analyze, deduce and communicate – all traits the product of a good university education in math and sciences and many years work experience.

    @ AncientTexan. i understand your intent. Weather is a short term phenomena. Climate is a long term phenomena. Scientists can look at weather each year, year in and year out, and point to a time when trends indicate a change in the weather, such as its patterns. That is when it transitions from weather to climate. Global warming is such a transition. Unfortunately, to most of the ill educated public, it is a complete misnomer, since they automatically think "ok, its not getting any warmer" where I live, whereas a scientist looks at a much broader picture, and hence the term. Global warming is a complex set of phenomena measured over the whole earth over a longer period of time, not a local condition in a short period of time.

    Really I wish the initial scientist had coined "global warming" had used any other expression just so people who can't distinguish between their nose and their ass could associate with it properly.

    @raven, i am a blast actually – paid my way through my first university degree working at bars as a doorman and bartender, I know how to talk to all the ladies!

    February 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steven

    And what was the reason for all the snow in 1911? Global warming????

    February 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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