The latest word from China is that a powerful cold snap has spread snow, ice, and frost throughout eastern China as far south as Guangdong - not the forecast you want to read as the harvest approaches and tea plants are producing tender shoots. And there may be more bad weather on the way. One bright spot: it appears that Yunnan, in the far southwest, escaped the damage. Roy is hopeful that Shaanxi, where he's been offered a tea farm, is also out of harm's way.
If you've ever wondered why springtime snow and ice is such a worry in tea country, take a look at these photos Roy's sources in China just sent over. The damage to the young leaves is obvious; in some cases, severe. Here's hoping the weather moderates quickly, before more of the early spring crop is lost.