As the typhoon passed, a days worth of cloudy, drizzly and downpouring skies followed behind it. Today, three days after the typhoon, blue skies are peeking through. One of the things we do not have now is access to weather. I perhaps can find it on the television if I watched the local news in the evenings but local news is only available during the week and today is Sunday.
So for now, I read the clouds. Okay, who am I kidding. I know nothing about clouds or weather. But, I am paying more attention to what the weather looks like by doing what people have been doing since the dawn of time – looking at the sky. No, not looking at the weather app on my iPhone, but looking at the sky.
Tell me, what do these clouds say?
These types of clouds are what I say lead to a watercolor sunset if the conditions are right and usually it signifies a storm leaving the area. (Wow, as I typed that I realized how asinine that sounds seeing as clearly I know a storm is leaving the area)
Saipan is a good place to practice since you can almost always be right. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) holds the Guinness Book of World Records’ record for the most steady temperatures. (I don’t know the exact title that the CNMI holds but it is something like that). Basically, the temperature both during the daytime and nighttime hold steady somewhere between 72 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. Yes, there is some variability because of differences in humidity and rainfall and wind that makes it feel either cooler or hotter than those thermometer-measured temperatures, but the thermometer stays about the same. Almost every day there is probably a shower or two, especially during the hotter months as the humidity seems to just be on the verge of wringing out a cloud or two. Usually these showers occur just as dawn breaks so you can expect a very slightly wet road as you head out in the mornings. Other than that, the day is sunny and warm. That means that if you look on your weather app the weather always reads the same: A string of 82 degrees F with a sun peeking behind the cloud with a raindrop next to it (aka, perfectly useless information).
So, in essence, you don’t really need to ever know the weather here and in the past I never checked. You just assume you’ll be warm and if it does rain, you know it will pass in a few minutes so no reason to carry an umbrella with you. This year’s typhoon season is just starting and as I’ve mentioned on my blog this year, it’s been a surprisingly active one since I don’t remember a single typhoon or typhoon warning the last time I was here. For now, we collectively cross our fingers and toes that there is no more concern for bad weather until we get back on the grid so as to protect as many people as possible.
Stay tuned for more.
(Here are some gratuitous beautiful cloud pictures since the Internet is cooperating as I post this)