Usually, many days are cloudy in Fukui's winter. Because of this, the blue sky which sometimes appears between the clouds lets us appreciate it even morel!
Did you know that in any years end with "6" (such as 1996, 2006, 2016, etc.),
it is likely to have cold winters?
This information is based on a probabilistic fact.
It is 2016 this year so we are more likely to have a cold one.
Since 1947 whenever years were ended with "6", there have been
5 extremely cold winters,
2 usual cold ones and
no warm ones.
Although it has just snowed in Tokyo area today,
compare to every winter, we may have felt and realized that
it has not snowed much and it has not been that cold so far.
It has been a warm winter.
This is an effect of El Nino phenomenon that this winter has not been that cold comparing to our usual winter.
Do you know what El Nino phenomenon is?
Roughly speaking, El Nino phenomenon causes an abnormal weather.
It is because of the effect of wind around the equator of the Pacific Ocean.
And this wind makes the temperature of the ocean around south America goes higher.
This higher temperatue makes the weather strange.
It occurs once in a few years and it goes on for about a half year or a year.
When El Nino phenomenon occurs, in Japan, it tends to prolong the rainy season,
it is likely to have a cool summer and it is warm in winter as you may be feeling it.
In Europe, it rains in summer and flood occurs.
In Africa, it does not rain much and it occurs a drought.
It is not proven 100% yet that the global warming has something to do with this phenomenon.
As a person originally from Fukui which usually snows so much in winter,
I always expect and become ready for a freezing winter.
So it is very strange to experience this warm winter.
How is the weather like in your cities?
Is it colder