Clouds and rain

Clouds drift low in the sky during the monsoon. In Khandala, half a kilometer above sea level, they drift along roads. You’ll be driving along a clear road, then you take a turn, and suddenly you are inside a cloud. During the day you see this as reduced visibility. Your camera also sees the same thing. It is different at night.

I had to pick up a pizza for dinner. As I waited, my eyes saw a drifting mist and a light rain. My phone camera saw a fairly clear night. The software in a phone camera is tuned to give you the clearest possible image. Especially at night this involves a lot of algorithmic enhancement. Most of the time I’m happy with it. But it cannot deal with mysteries and atmosphere. You have to teach the algorithm to show what you see.

The clue to accomplishing this is in the halo of light that you see around the front of the building. Fog scatters light. That’s half the reason it reduces visibility. I took a photo with my flash on. The intense light of the flash makes the fog visible. The fog actually now looks denser than it did to the eye. I think a diffuser over the flash will give a result closer to what my eye sees. I’ll have to take some time to improve on this technique, but I think I have the principle now.

Examining damage

Two days after the severe cyclonic cyclonic storm Nisarga missed us at the last minute, we are still trying to get back to normal. Damage was minimal, as you can see from the photos below. The wind stripped leaves off trees, and some branches snapped off. Trees in our neighbourhood remained intact otherwise, though across the city many trees were uprooted. The main damage done to us is disruption. We stashed things in places where they would be safe, and now can’t remember where we’d kept them; we had a long hunt for the soup bowls before dinner last night.

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The weather has temporarily changed for the better. A cyclone reaches up above ten kilometers into the atmosphere, and churns the air thoroughly as it passes. So the air has been cool for two days now. It rained on and off yesterday, giving us dramatic views over the sea. Today the sun is out and the sky is clear, so I’m afraid that by tomorrow we will be back to the damp heat of the days before the monsoon sets in.

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