Category Archives: Weather

Friday Files: Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th 0ccurs one to three times a year, when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday. It is famous for being an unlucky day. For me it has always been the opposite, and in fact it … Continue reading

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White Dew bái lù 白露 Sep 08

This coming Sunday begins the solar term White Dew, which marks transition from summer to autumn. In China the temperature drops sharply, and the autumn rains come. Here the temperature began to drop last week after a rainstorm and has … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – End of Heat chù shǔ 处暑 Aug 23

We are all happy at the coming of Chǔshǔ. Chǔshǔ,(處暑) or in Japanese: 処暑shosho; Korean: 처서;  cheoseo; Vietnamese: xử thử; (“limit of heat”) is the 14th solar terms. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 150° and ends when it reaches … Continue reading

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Autumn Commences lì qiū 立秋 Aug 8

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms (節氣). Lìqiū (Chinese and Japanese: 立秋; Korean: 입추(S)/립추(N); Vietnamese: Lập thu; literally: “start of autumn”) is the 13th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial … Continue reading

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Minor Heat 小暑 Xiǎoshǔ Jul 7

On July 7th we entered the solar term of Xiǎoshǔ, or Shōsho in Japanese,  Soseo in Korean, and or Tiểu thử  in Vietnamese. It is the 11th solar term of the year, beginning when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 105°. In the … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice xià zhì 夏至 Jun 21st

This year the summer solstice falls on the 21st of June. This event is celebrated in many places. Not surprisigly in Sweden and Finland it is a big holiday with lots of public festivities. It is a holiday tied to … Continue reading

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Grain in Ear máng zhǒng 芒种 Jun 06

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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