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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

Data derived from:

http://app.nea.gov.sg/cms/htdocs/article.asp?pid=1085
http://app.nea.gov.sg/cms/htdocs/article.asp?pid=1088
http://science.howstuffworks.com/question302.htm
http://science.howstuffworks.com/snow-maker.htm

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8 comments

  1. i missed that much from not reading your blog?there was snow in singapore?ah well,your blog is one of the only things keeping me sane in hk.besides letters to marco.how’s the room cleaning going?


  2. Still on-going. lol.

    On a more horrible note, my eczema is getting worse. urgh…

    Neverless Merry Xmas! πŸ™‚


  3. Hi Logen, thanks for your visits. Checked out your references for Global Dimming. It appears to be credited with some major climatic disasters and the potential to make our world more dry. We will just have to stop polluting.


  4. Yep, we have to πŸ™‚

    Well, and I’m glad ur blogs are creating awareness on certain issues and the solutions.

    Merry Xmas btw πŸ˜€


  5. Actually, there’s snow in singapore quite a long time ago. But is just tiny frost. πŸ™‚


  6. well actually snow ISNT impossible but just that we haave to wait approximately 250 millions of years or even more for plate tectonics or 2b years for the next ICE AGE


  7. Does it snow in Singapore? If yes which months? Please tell me πŸ™‚


  8. there was snow in Singapore.. I remember reading in the newspapers before when I was younger. I recently started googling about it too but it seems like there aren’t any news on it on the web



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