Category Archives: Weather

Frost Descends 霜降 shuāng jiàng Oct 23rd

Frost’s Descent is the 18th term and the last solar term of autumn, during which time the weather becomes much colder than before and ice crystals form as frost begins to appear.  In the lower reaches of the Yellow River … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: Darkness Falls

Cats are nocturnal creatures. This is the common belief. Even Fred Flintstone “put the cat out for the night”.  The big cats, the wild ones are in fact mostly nocturnal. Feral domestic cats are usually nocturnal as well. Night is … Continue reading

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Cold Dew hán lù 寒露 8 Oct (do next)

On October 8th we pass into the 17th solar term Cold Dew (節氣). It is Hánlù  in Chinese, Kanro in japanese, Hallo (한로) in Korean and in Vietnamese  Hàn lộ. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 195° and ends at the longitude … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts Postponed- Entering the October Country

Today is the first of October. This post was supposed to have been for yesterday. Then Shinki died and in my preoccupation with writing about him I forgot to either finish properly or postpone this post. So we are giving … Continue reading

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Autumnal Equinox qiū fēn 秋分 Sep 23rd

The Autumn Equinox is the 16th solar term of the year, starting on the 23rd of September. It marks the second half of autumn in the Chinese calendar and the start of sunlight moving to the south and the shortening … Continue reading

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White Dew bái lù 白露 8th Sep

On September 8th we enter the solar term of White Dew, which marks the change from summer to autumn. The white dew is the condensation that is heavier in the cooler mornings so that is show white rather than clear. … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts -End of Heat chù shǔ 处暑 Aug 23

On the 23rd the Chinese calendar entered the s0lar term period End of Heat. Depending on location things may or may not cool off at this point. How much they will cool at all is becoming a question in some … Continue reading

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