Category Archives: Weather

Minor Heat xiǎo shǔ 小暑 Jul 6th

We were fortunate that this year the coolness lingeredas long as it did. In fact we had three late frosts, a gift of the Arctic.    Now however, we are making up. On  July 6th we entered the solar term … Continue reading

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The Dog Days Are Upon Us

Starting yesterday, on July 3rd we moved into the Dog Days of Summer, which will be with us until August 11th. These  days of muggy, hot, oppressive weather punctuated by thunderstorms or plagued by drought are considered the hottest days … Continue reading

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Grain in Ear máng zhǒng 芒种 Jun 6th

On June 6th the solar term of Grain in Ear began. China is divided by climate into a wheat growing north and a rice growing south. At this time in the north the wheat becomes ripe and in the south … Continue reading

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Small Full (Grain) xiǎo mǎn 小满 May 21st .

On May 21st we moved into the Chinese calendar solar term of Small Full Grain. This refers to the grain and seed crops which are now beginning to become plump, but are not yet ripe. As an example, my blackberry … Continue reading

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Grain Rain gǔ yǔ 谷雨 Apr 20

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. Gǔyǔ, Kokuu, Gogu, or Cốc vũ is the 6th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 30° and ends when it reaches the … Continue reading

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Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 21st

Monday was the vernal equinox. It was a very warm sunny day here and without much wind , which has been unusual lately. Everyone seemed very happy to celebrate the first day of spring, including yours truly. In the traditional … Continue reading

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March Calendar

Indoors or out, no one relaxes In March, that month of wind and taxes, The wind will presently disappear, The taxes last us all the year. ~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), “Thar She Blows”  [Tax Day used to be on March 15th … Continue reading

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Major Cold dà hán 大寒 Jan 20th

January 2oth will begin the period of Major or Greater Cold. It is supposed to be the coldest time of the year. In fact we had extremely cold weather a few weeks earlier and now we are having what might … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice dōng zhì 冬至 Dec 21st

Today is the winter solstice. Where I live in Virginia it comes at 11:19 PM EST. In the modern west the solstices are said to be the first day of winter and summer. Yet an older tradition marks the solstices … Continue reading

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Monday Misery, Wednesday Woes

Last Monday morning, first thing, my laptop, which had been fine when I closed it up the night before, would not even come on. Even after plugging it in and letting it sit all day, hoping I had just really … Continue reading

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