In my previous blog entry, I wrote about the unusual weather we've been having this week. (I woke up this morning to find heavy rain once more after two beautiful days of clear sky and air days.) What with the unusually heavy downpours we've been having, I guess it's inevitable that I'd get to thinking about when Typhoon Vicente came over to pay a visit last July.
On the night of that Severe Typhoon Vicente (to give it its full name!) roared into town, the Hong Kong Weather Observatory raised signals to tell people to take care, stay indoors, etc. While I did stay indoors for the most part as the strong rain lashed and winds blew, I couldn't resist venturing out for a few minutes to better see and feel the effects of the strongest typhoon to hit Hong Kong since Typhoon York 13 years previously. And yes, I took a few photos for the record too!
What I saw (as well as felt) was a neighborhood transformed. Visually, the overall color was black but there were also interesting effects caused by the lights that were on in the streets. Directly under a street lamp, a big yellow blob appeared on the surface of the road. Drawing back to take a larger view, it seemed like things turned more copper colored. And at a crossroads, the orange and red colors of the traffic and car lights combined to create glowy copper orange-red streaks on the wet surfaces of road and sidewalk that made for quite the artistic sight.