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Beijing To Chicago: Send Some Of That Snow Our Way!

Visitors enjoy artificial snow at a snow carnival as the Chinese capital faces its longest wait for winter snowfall in 60 years. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Visitors enjoy artificial snow at a snow carnival as the Chinese capital faces its longest wait for winter snowfall in 60 years.

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As we reported earlier, a massive, potentially historic, snowstorm could be in the making for the United States this week.

Well in China's capital, they are having the exact opposite problem. The state news agency Xin Hua is reporting that after 83 snowless days into winter, this is the longest dry spell since they started keeping records in 1951.

The AP reports the drought is having some real consequences:

Months of dry weather have given China's key wheat-growing province of Shandong its worst drought in at least 40 years. That threatens to put further pressure on surging food prices.

Officials in Hebei province tell the state-run Xinhua News Agency that 9 million people there have been affected by drought.

If you remember back in 2009, Chinese scientists claimed they had provoked the earliest recorded snowfall by "seeding" clouds with silver iodide.

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