Sunday, February 02, 2014

[jules' pics] Wot no camelia?

Culture shock continues unabated. "Normally" at this time of year the grass is brown and the hedgerows full of common-or-garden pink camelia. Instead zillions of white snowdrops are poking through the luminous green grass. The snowdrop previously featured in this blog in November(!) 2009, when we found a small patch of them in Jomyoji English garden. I wonder in which months the camellia will flower here in ole blighty.
We also "normally" have about 6 weeks of almost no rain at this time of year. I'm not sure, but this year so far there may have been about one day when it did not rain. That isn't to say it rains all the time, and indeed the rain is much lighter than Japanese rain. For example, we've done quite a lot of running and cycling have only got properly wet while running once and not at all while cycling.

Posted By Blogger to jules' pics at 2/02/2014 12:10:00 PM


EliRabett said...

Some years ago out in California, Eli was talking with a native, who admitted to being terribly confused as a child because everyone, or at least his books, knew that plants died in the fall and winter and bloomed in the summer, but when he looked out the window, things got green in the fall when the rains came and everything went brown in the rainless summer.

Hank Roberts said...

So how high above sea level are y'all there?

James Annan said...

Here, we're about 35m. Fortunately, the river is about 20m :-)

Paul S said...

Interesting paper just appeared on CPD showing results from a simulation of the LGM using a GCM with coupled ice sheet model. A citation for yourselves of course ;) but, apart from that, the immediately interesting part is the comparison to the same model run in standard PMIP3 setup (prescribed ICE5G ice sheet). They find that the coupled ice sheet version produces nearly 2ºC less cooling at LGM (3.5ºC versus 5.3ºC). They also find that the land/ocean cooling contrast is larger, in-line with your results.

Hank Roberts said...

So I have a research question to suggest -- estimate the sensitivity of the UK to the metric system, given the observation that reported temperature and snow depth are metric, while windspeed is in miles per hour:

Chuck Magee said...

A few struggling Camelias in downtown Tsukuba, but the mountain is still snow clad.