Raining Yet It’s Hot as Summer!

They said that there’s a typhoon. Fine! I can see that it’s really raining heavily yet it’s still pretty humid! The late afternoon rain didn’t make me feel better. I fell asleep and when I woke up, I’m sweating all over even with the electric fan set to 3. Is it the best time for indoor swimming? Pool heat pumps won’t be necessary this time to heat the water. Cold water will be so refreshing in this warm weather!

Summer Solstice 2011

Have you seen the Google Doodle today?

Google Doodle - Summer : Manic Bunny and Bear by Takashi Murakami

Manic Bunny and Bear by Takashi Murakami

This is to officially announce the beginning of the summer solstice (kicks off at 1:16 P.M. ET, June 21) which is also the longest day of the year, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. While in the Southern Hemisphere, the exact opposite is happening for the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year.

According to National Geographic, the summer solstice is a result of the Earth’s north-south axis being tilted 23.4 degrees relative to the sun, causing the sunlight to reach different regions of the planet.

As a result, at high noon on the first day of summer, the sun appears at its highest point in the sky—its most directly overhead position—in the Northern Hemisphere.

Solstice Is Longest Day of the Year—Not Hottest

On the summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere receives more sunlight than on any other day of the year, but that doesn’t mean the first day of summer is also the hottest day of summer.

Earth’s oceans and atmosphere act like heat sinks, absorbing and reradiating the sun’s rays over time. So even though the planet is absorbing lots of sunlight on the summer solstice, it takes several weeks to release it. As a result, the hottest days of summer usually occur in July or August.

With this rare occurrence and interesting phenomenon, sometimes I wish I’m an astronomer like Robert Howell. Does the University of Wyoming offers bachelor degree online?

Anyway, there are different traditions and beliefs associated with the solstices and equinoxes. But in our modern society, solstice celebrations are no longer that significant. There are only few who keeps the tradition alive and they are mostly guided by the ancient culture. This is how the University of Arizona’s Holbrook puts it: “Paying attention to the solstices is a way of teaching mathematics, celestial mechanics and astronomy and culture and history.”

Super Typhoon Juan Hits The Philippines – October 2010

I am appreciating Facebook updates now. It’s where I’ve first learned about this Super Typhoon Juan. It also includes the link to PAG-ASA’s (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration) real-time report.

As of this writing, here’s the update from their website:

Super Typhoon Juan - PAG-ASA

PAGASA-DOST MTSAT-EIR Satellite Image for 9 a.m. 19 Oct. 2010

These are the provinces that would likely experience heavy downpour until this afternoon:

Some government offices and classes in the said areas have been suspended already with the officials’ discretion.

I’m here in Pasig and it has been raining all night. When I reported to work earlier this morning, it’s just drizzling but extremely windy outside. Hope the weather will get better.

I’ve watched the news during my early lunch break only to see Cagayan Valley and Benguet severely affected by Typhoon Juan. Some parts of the Northern Luzon are still in a state of darkness and unreachable due to knocked out power and telecommunications. Get hold of the latest updates by checking the breaking news at GMA Network.