Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Typhoon season in earnest

Typhoon damage last month

Another month, another typhoon. That's what it feels like this summer in Hong Kong -- what with Typhoon Signal No. 8 being hoisted at around 6pm today due to Typhoon Hagupit approaching the territory. In contrast, the summer of 2007 only saw one typhoon come a-visiting. So what gives this year, I wonder?

To judge from comments found on some websites though, it seems like last year was the anomaly rather than this year. Looking for a metaphorical silver lining in the increased typhoon cloud: I got to thinking that typhoons can stir up much anxiety but they also are known for blowing away air pollution and bringing clear air and blue sky days in their wake. So even while I'm holed up in my apartment this evening, I'm nursing the hope maybe going out and enjoying some clean(er than usual) air later in the week, especially come the weekend!


sarah bailey knight said...


Is the tattered blue and white plastic (?) fabric a variation of the red, white and blue plastic I like so much? If so, oh my what strong winds you must have had.

Anonymous said...

I hope that you are safe and sound. Cleaner air would certainly be a good thing, too!

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Yes, indeedy -- re both the cloth and also our having had strong winds!

Hi Alejna --

Yes, am safe and sound -- thanks for asking. Also, yes, the skies are indeed clear now. :)

Anonymous said...

The difference might be La Nina and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation moving into a cool phase. The Earth is cooling.

Anonymous said...

What would a signal no8 typhoon look like?we only have signal no3 here and it's such a disaster already.

YTSL said...

Hi aileni --

The earth is cooling? Could have fooled me! The way it's been so hot over here this summer, I was thinking that global warming REALLY is happening!

Hi "your sassy reporter" --

Actually, the damage you saw was caused by a typhoon that went up to signal no 9! A disaster from a signal 3 typhoon: Where are you??!!

Willow said...

Yah take the bad with the good, I guess. ;D

When does typhoon season end, I wonder?

YTSL said...

Hi Willow --

Yup re taking the bad with the good. As for when typhoon season ends: hopefully soon!!!