Category Archives: Weather

Friday Files: Battening Down the Hatches

“Battening down the hatches” is an old nautical term. Most people know what a hatch is but might not know what the sailors are doing when battening them down. The dictionary defines a batten as : noun: batten; plural noun: … Continue reading

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Winter Commences lì dōng 立冬 Nov 08

Today we passed into the period called Winter Commences. It will run until November 22nd. This is true in northern China, but winter comes later in the south and thankfully here as well. The pentads are ‘Water begins to freeze’ … Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves

It seemed to take forever this year but the leaves finally began to turn. I noticed it starting when I drove up to Maryland. In a mere two weeks, however, the brilliant color is waning, red orange and gold turning … Continue reading

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November Garden Calendar

You would think by November the garden chores would be done. Not quite. If you haven’t already, make sure that the canes of your climbing roses and other vining plants are securely fastened to their supports. Winter winds can whip … Continue reading

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Change in Plans

Things have been a little hectic. Somehow as I tried to keep up with my goal of a post a day to celebrate my favorite month, several got pushed forward, I had a lot more material and ideas than I … Continue reading

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Frost Descends 霜降 shuāng jiàng Oct 24th

Today we pass into the period called Frost Descends. In north China the weather becomes cold and frost begins to form. This also happens in northern Europe, Canada and the northern United States. Frost Descends is the 18th solar term. … Continue reading

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Apples – Baked, Sauced, Thrown into Dinner and Taken Straight

Apple season starts as early as September and winds up in October, at least here in Virginia. I dutifully went to the orchard at the first part of September but because of another year of excessive heat and humidity the … Continue reading

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