Friday, September 11, 2015

Curses!, Thwarted Again

And Bluesette doesn't even have thwarts.

Last Saturday the weather turned against us once more.   It seems it is either raining or too windy whenever we have a day free to go sailing.   Tomorrow looked really promising with winds of 5 to 10 knots and sunny skies.  K made the call this evening to the yacht harbor to let them know we were coming.

Alas, the weather tomorrow will be excellent as I expected, but due to the typhoon rains of the last two days (which many of you have seen on news casts around the world) Lake Hinuma is filled nearly to the top of the levee and the yacht harbor launching ramp.   Our pier, which leads from the launching ramp to the floating dock,  is underwater.   They won't be launching any boats until the lake's waters recede.

While our neighborhood was spared the heavy rains and flooding of Typhoons Etau and Kilo, just 40 miles to our West the city of Joso was inundated when the levee of the Kinugawa River was breached.    Scenes of people by rescued by helicopter from rooftops filled the news.

We are thankful that we have so many helicopters to deal with such situations around Japan and that the cities and prefectures stage practice emergency drills which keep everyone involved ready to help.  (K often participates in such drills in Ibaraki as an Japanese/English interpreter.)

I have a new respect for typhoons.   Just days ago I was downplaying their potential for damage as they are often a low energy event - like a tropical depression or storm.   But while they don't always pack the winds of a cyclone or hurricane, they can still bring huge amounts of water.  

Until next, sweet sailing.


Martin J Frid said...

Yes, me too, glad to hear you were safe. I will learn from this and take better precautions. This was a wake up call that ondanka/kiko henka (global warming/climate change) is causing havoc with weather patterns. That much rain in the same place in such short time? Too terrible to consider if it had been over my humble abode. Problem also that levees at rivers were built ages ago and can't cope with today's freak storms.

California also having the same concerns, according to Wired:

Pandabonium said...

Interesting article about California, Martin. In 1900 there were less than 1.5 million people in the entire state. When I left in the mid 70s it was around 20 million, but now it's more like 36 million.

The major lakes in Ibaraki got new levees post 3/11/3011, but apparently, the Kanugawa has been famous for flooding ever since WWII, yet they have not properly reinforced the banks nor stopped people from building close to the river. These kinds of issues need to be addressed as the effects of global warming are going to get a lot worse before they get better.