Thursday, January 11, 2007

Becoming a rain expert

It's funny, everyone thinks it's strange for it to be raining while it is sunny. I've noticed this while living in Oregon since there is the chance to contemplate rain a lot. I realized this has to do with everyone thinking that they are the center of their own universe. I mean if it is raining then there must be a cloud over them or at least close. But, for it to raining and not sunny then the sun must be blocked out by the cloud. The sun would have to be directly over them too. Everything in a nice line from the ground to the sun. Personally I've started to notice it sunny more often when raining now.

There is a false idea that Eskimos have 20 something words for snow. The idea did get me thinking about all the different kinds of weather I have experienced here that were never experienced in the weather void of California. Weather starts as fog, then heavy fogging is about the same as misting, heavy misting is the really annoying one since the drops are still small enough that gravity has no effect so it gets in your eyes as you walk. When it got really cold we had freezing fog. Finally fog you could feel (even if annoying), like thousands of specks of white dust in the air. Snow makes everything quiet, freezing fog made everything almost silent.

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