Friday, June 02, 2006

Easiest job in the world

I have discovered what must be the easiest job in the world. That is being a meteorologist in Arizona. The 7 day forecast is: Clear skies, sunshine, dry and hot.

These 2 photos were taken this morning at around 5:20 and 5:23 which is another thing that always amazes me - the speed of sunrise and sunset. I remember spending a week on a particular beach in Coast Rica and every evening I'd make a point of watching the sunset - mostly because I had nothing else to do. I'd carefully watch as the bottom of the sun touched the water and then start my stopwatch to see how long it took the sun to disappear. It was under 2 minutes if I remember correctly. The other thing that I think I remember is that the speed of the sunset was getting faster each day - but this is a few years ago so I don't remember the details.


Guy Ellis said...

I've just remembered another think about sunsets over the water in the tropics. You're supposed to be able to see a green flash just above the horizon where the sun has just set and shortly after the sunset. I have watched for this on dozens of occasions and have never seen it. Believe me, every sunset I look for it but NADA. I spent 7 months sailing from Panama to Australia and so saw many sunsets but still nada.

Anonymous said...

My wife lived in Hawaii for about 15 years and she tells me that she spent many many many evenings watching the sunset there in hopes of seeing the 'green flash'. She never saw it either!

For myself, the nearest I ever saw to it was a green sky during a thunderstorm in Melbourne in May 1975. Yes, the sky really did look green!