Saturday, April 17, 2010

Frostbiting In April?

Two weeks ago we were enjoying a change in the weather with hanami - cherry blossom viewing.


The weather was warming and it seemed we could soon look forward to lighter clothing, sunny days, and sailing on lake Hinuma. In the following two weeks, however, the weather has swung between warm sunny days and cold rainy ones. And then, this morning, April 17th, it snowed!

Our front yard on this fine spring day!


The Japan Meteorological Agency says the record cold April is due to fluctuations in the Arctic oscillation combined with the influence of el Nino conditions in the Pacific. As a result, air masses have been clashing over the Japan archipelago bringing us the wild weather.

I'll be happy when it all gets sorted out and I can trade my winter clothing for shorts and an Aloha shirt and we can try out Bluesette's new sails!

Until next, sweet sailing.

3 comments:

bonnie said...

Oh my goodness!

Baydog said...

Just when you think it's safe to go outside...

WV: toncress. What a NY steakhouse will pile on your plate next to a $50 NY strip and call it vegetables.

Pandabonium said...

Bonnie - yeah, we thought it was rather rude.

Baydog - exactly.