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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Taking a break, just today.

All of the fun weather has shifted west. Denver area snow and Flaggstaff, AZ picking up 5 inches of snow yesterday, San Fransisco and the west coast will have off shore winds helping them climb into the 90s. Considering the heavy posting over the past few days, I need this easy weather day to catch up on some other stuff. You can see my forecast on the TV Graphics Page (tab above). We will have a return of showers tomorrow and more rain still scheduled for Friday- perhaps even a shower at Preakness. So I will be back with more tomorrow.
There are Two things I did want to mention:

  1. China's Earthquake: I have often said that I am a numbers guy. This is just a little freaky. While the official earthquake was 7.9 on Monday... the number 8 has true significance. The Olympics are to be held on August 8, 2008. Or 8/8/08 opening at 8:08pm local time. This earthquake was 88 days before the date. More on China's obsession


The word for "eight" in Chinese (Pinyin: bā) sounds similar to the word which means "prosper" or "wealth" ( - short for "发财", Pinyin: fā). In regional dialects the words for "eight" and "fortune" are also similar, eg Cantonese "baat" and "faat".

There is also a resemblance between two digits, "88", and the shuang xi ('double joy'), a popular decorative design composed of two stylized characters 喜 (xi, 'joy', 'happiness').

The telephone number 8888-8888 was sold for USD$270,723 in Chengdu, China.

2. Another Tropical Cyclone for Myanmar? The UN Weather Center is saying that is is likely. This is out of my rehlm, but here is the Satellite whic could prove at least more rain in that ravaged nation.

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