Snow In Singapore?2006 December 13, 8:54 pm
A radio station mentioned that it had snowed in Singapore once before. Is the information verifiable?
I decided to investigate…
Using The Search Engine
My search on Google yielded annoying and irrelevant results pertaining mostly to ‘Snow City’. I gave up after several searches
Check on the National Environment Agency (NEA)
NEA’s website showed no info/records on snow or weather anomalies in Singapore. The lowest temperature, though, is 19.4 degrees Celsius.
Emailed Query To NEA
Sending a query to NEA on the above question, I was told that there was no official record of snow in Singapore. And the lowest temperature recorded would not have sustained falling snow.
However, there were unofficial reports from members of public made, claiming that snow had been seen from their high-rise apartments. Albeit so, NEA explains the ‘snow’ to be an optical effect due to tiny floating raindrops under the influence of turbulent air.
Using Basic Knowledge of Science and Geography
Snow is basically water in it’s solid form, which occurs at 0 degrees Celsius or less (depending on purity of water). Bringing the environment into play, the level of humidity, pressure and temperature would determine if snow could occur.
Singapore has an average temperature range of 26 to 31 degrees Celsius and mean humidity 84%. The temperature must be at least minus 6.7 degree Celsius for snow to occur, considering the level of humidity.
As known, I have checked for weather anomalies and there were none. In conclusion, considering the official statement of NEA and the facts, snow would have been impossible.
– Logen Lanka
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