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dublin skies


When I was coming to Dublin I was "warned" to no end by friends and acquaintances about the "terrible weather" that was expecting me in Ireland in general and in Dublin in particular. "Awful weather" they'd say. "It rains all the time" they'd say. "It's always cloudy" they'd say. When I got here, I was warned again by both Irish and non-Irish alike.

Well, I, for one, like rain a lot. I like the cold too. I like sunny days. And hot summer days. In fact, I like equally both rainy and sunny days precisely because their opposite exists. Variability lets us appreciate what's good (and bad) about the alternatives. Without changes, there would be nothing to like about, say, sunny days. And actually, one of the things that sometimes (only sometimes) irritated me a bit about California (and the Valley in particular) was that the weather was... well, always so damn beautiful. Clear skies and beautiful days were so common that you just stopped appreciating them (hard rain, however, when it did arrive, was just great).

Anyway, what I found after living here is that I really, really like the constant change of Dublin climate. Dublin is right smack in the middle of the Gulf Stream (which crosses the Atlantic) and weather "moves" incredibly fast: what is mostly low grassland can't slow down the currents, so it's very windy (okay, in the Winter, with the cold, I do suffer it more, but so what). I have quite literally seen the weather go from sunny (no clouds) to cloudy, to dark clouds, to rain, to hail, on to snow (!), then back to cloudy, then no clouds again---all in the space of twenty minutes! Isn't that great? (This was in February last year, btw).

And, constantly shifting cloud-cover makes for absolutely astonishing sunrises and sunsets. Like the image above (click on it to see a full-size version).

I took that picture last saturday at dusk, from my balcony, and I tell you: If the price for having sunsets like that every other day is sometimes-unpredictable-and-maybe-irritating weather, let me say: I pay it gladly.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on September 15 2003 at 2:59 PM

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