Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

White Fright Night

And now at long last it is March. One of the warmest winters on record is drawing to a close here on the Kanto Plain. The plum trees are blooming, hay fever season has already begun, and the school year is rapidly drawing to a close. Yes, the rapid approach of spring is tangible in the air.

So guess what it did tonight:

Snowy March 1

Yes, I know it's nothing like what they got in Oregonianland not too long ago, but this is not an area that gets snowed on much.

Snowy March 2

Isn't it pretty? And it looks like it's only just getting started.

I just hope to God it'll all be gone by the time I have to try to get to work tomorrow morning. Some of those hilly, narrow roads are NOT fun in snow or ice, believe me!

Snowy March 3

I hope you're all staying nice and warm!


  • Amazing - they had a super duper storm in the NW...socked in NY City and many other areas...weird weather!

    By Blogger ladybug, at 11:59 PM  

  • If I had an open fire, I would roast some chestnuts for you. However, the office owners probably wouldn't appreciate an open fire in their building.

    Word verification: endistra - the drug that permanently lowers your Dow Jones average.

    By Blogger Don Snabulus, at 3:03 AM  

  • Haha! And tonight we're breaking record lows in the DC area. Global warming, my foot - this is why they're now calling it "climate change".

    By Blogger Olivia, at 3:54 PM  

  • Whoaaaa.... snow in March? send it here to Jakarta! It's been so hot down here! Dust everywhere...

    By Blogger Selba, at 4:36 PM  

  • Ladybug
    It seems like half the world had an unusually cool summer followed by an unusually warm early winter followed by a sudden freeze.

    Personally, I think the weather demons have been hitting their switches at random. Either that or they're breaking in a newbie.

    Especially if your manager's name is Jack Frost.

    Check the average temperature over the whole year and you'll find that it is climbing. Actually, scientists have predicted wider and wilder weather extremes as one of the symptoms of G.W.. That means potentially hotter summers and colder winters...and a lot more precipitation. It's probably going to get worse before it gets better. But the term "climate change" doesn't have quite the stigma attached to it that "global warming" seems to now.

    Well, by the time I went to bed last night it had stopped snowing and a mild drizzle was falling. When I got up this morning the street was more or less clear of slush and the snowpack was melting. By the time I left for work it was already almost gone. It was around 6 degrees C (about 43 degrees F) and rainy all day today. It may be (SHOULD be) warming up soon.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 7:02 PM  

  • hey, it's snow.

    hippeee, winter is coming again

    wait... in march?

    oh or is it just global warming or cooling again..

    By Blogger Robin, at 10:08 AM  

  • Ah, but it also means cooler summers in northern Europe.

    By Blogger Olivia, at 12:35 PM  

  • Global-warming it is. Yesterday evening, we had rain for two hours equivalent to rainfall of two months, 75mm of rainfall in two hours. KL was flooded up to 2m in some parts.

    By Blogger HappySurfer, at 7:21 PM  

  • Robin
    It's global chaos!!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Does Northern Europe need to be any cooler?

    Southeast Asia has been getting some serious flooding lately, hasn't it? And it seems to be happening more often, too. This is scary.

    Maybe these GW/CC naysayers need to be taken out and made to take a little swim...

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 9:28 AM  

  • Nope, but I know how miserable it can be!

    By Blogger Olivia, at 3:01 AM  

  • The last picture is really cool, Moody. I wished Antwerp would snow like that!!! Keep warm, drive safe!!

    By Blogger @ロウ 。LOW@, at 1:32 AM  

  • I enjoy looking at snowy pictures :P Maybe because I so love snow but there's none in Mauritius!

    Staying warm, huh? Can't be warmer than that in my part of the world! The weather is so hot that you sweat just by sitting and doing nothing >.>

    By Anonymous ÅnGe|e, at 3:09 AM  

  • didn't realize that japan got snow so late in the year.

    how was your drive the next morning? :)

    By Blogger Um Naief, at 2:19 AM  

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