Tokyo sun shower

4 Sep

Summer in Tokyo is very hot and humid.  There is a typhoon season and sometimes a sudden thunderstorm with heavy rain will start seemingly out of nowhere…and then stop just as suddenly with blue skies returning.

Japanese people are sometimes surprised if I tell them that summer in Florida (where I grew up) is very similar.

Summer in Florida is also hot and humid. There is a hurricane season (hurricanes, for all intents and purposes, are basically the same as typhoons) and sometimes sudden short thunderstorms occur there too.

In fact, the area in Florida where I lived, Tampa Bay, is called “the lightning capital of the world”.

When the weather is sunny and then a rainstorm suddenly starts…with the sunny weather returning just as suddenly, Floridians call that a sun shower.

So I also referred to the same phenomenon in Japan as a sun shower, as well.

But a few years ago, the Japanese media gave these storms an original Japanese name.  Here in Japan, these storms are called 「ゲリラ豪雨」 (“Guerrilla rainstorms“) because of the way they violently come out of nowhere.

Well, yesterday, there was a sudden, short, ゲリラ豪雨 (Guerrilla rainstorm)…and someone photographed it from the Tokyo Sky Tree tower.

The 「ゲリラ豪雨」 (guerrilla rainstorm) that hit the Tokyo area yesterday. It looks like a tornado!

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4 Responses to “Tokyo sun shower”

  1. gigihawaii September 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    In Hawaii, we have LIQUID SUNSHINE, when it drizzles through the sunlight and produces rainbows.

    • tokyo5 September 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

      Does Hawaii have many “sun showers” like Florida does?

  2. omawarisan September 5, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    That is pretty menacing

    • tokyo5 September 5, 2012 at 8:35 am #

      Yeah, it looks pretty mean.

      Right now, Tokyo has a clear, blue sky … but the weather-forecast is for sudden Guerrilla rainstorms all this week.

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