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Spring has Sprung

19 Mar

Hi blog.

The first week or so of March was largely “Winter version 2.0”, but we’ve finally got to the point where most days have a maximum in the teens.

Apart from the increase in temperature – I no longer have to wear two layers of thermal underwear – and the ume and early cherry blossom, there are other signs of spring.

Such as ploughing the fields.  (Regular readers will remember the dust storms last year created by ploughing without sowing cover crops)

Seeding dust storms?

The north winds can be strong – particularly when I’m cycling to work.  And sometimes the unexpected happens…

Umm… I think that is supposed to be in your field, not in the power cables…

On March 17th, a much neglected birthday, I spotted my first turtle for the year.

A large Mississippi red-eared slider suns itself on a warm afternoon.

But, most importantly, the Bureau of Meteorology declared late last night that Haru Ichiban – the third-latest since recordings started in 1951 – had finally hit the Kanto region.

Spring has truly sprung.

Haru Ichiban

2 Mar

Between early February (the beginning of spring on the lunar calendar) and the equinox, there is usually a gale from the south bringing warmer and more humid air over the archipelago.

This gale or storm is commonly known as haru ichiban (春一番).

Oddly enough, there was no haru ichiban in the Kanto region last year, and the warmest day so far this year was February 2nd, BEFORE the official period (it actually got to over 18 ℃!).  Then yesterday, we had strong gales blowing in from the south.  As a result, the weather is now just cool to cold as opposed to freezing.

Unfortunately for us living around here, the local market farmers usually plow up their fields just before this period, resulting in dust storms.  I’m still washing yesterday’s dust out of my eyes.  (And to think of the fuss the local media makes of the stuff that blows across from the Gobi Desert)

Also, as high and low pressure cells battle it out for supremacy, I can expect head winds from the north as I cycle to work, and head winds from the south as I cycle home.  (In addition to dust storms!)

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