Tuesday, September 28, 2004


It’s unbelievable, but the weather forecast just said that the typhoon No. 21, Meari is making a big U-turn and coming towards us. Its name, by the way, means echo (among the hills), according to this site.  Hope it’s not going to have our prefecture on its right side as it passes us. Darn! It’d blow away the cherry blossoms!

Cherry blossoms? Yes, I’m not kidding.


They often bloom out of season here. I used to think that the reason was the autumn climate being similar to spring. But someone told me another reason: When trees experience a serious damage, they feel their life threatened and feel they have to leave their offspring so that they don’t go extinct. That’s the reason why they start blooming, I heard. That makes sense. Especially this year, we experienced (or going to experience) more typhoons than usual, so it’s no surprise to see them blooming.

BTW, it's supposed to be "the moon viewing day" today. Wonder what the weather is going to be like tonight.......... (It's cloudy now.)

At night:


posted by obachan, 9/28/2004 09:38:00 AM


The first paragraph of this blog and an article in Sci. Amer. made me write the short essay "Taming Typhoon" on my Femto-Essays page. Thanks.
You're posting nice photos these days.
commented by Blogger Tatsuo Tabata, 9/29/2004 10:38 AM  
Thank you! Your essay was very interesting. If such a method to control typhoons/hurricanes would come into use in the future, I wonder who’s going to be in charge of executing and paying for it.
commented by Blogger obachan, 10/02/2004 1:43 PM  

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