Guerrilla Rainfare: The sudden aquatic attack on Tokyo!

On Tuesday, July 23 at roughly 2:40 p.m., Tokyo came under attack–by massive, violent rainfall!

Called “guerrilla rain” (gerira gou in Japanese), the rain, lightning, and thunder didn’t last particularly long, but, like the battlefield tactics it’s named after, the surprise weather unleashed a hell of a downpour in a short time.

Luckily for us, Twitter caught it all in a collection of cool photos!

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Local 87-year-old Fisherman and Stadium Stalwart to Provide Weather Forecast at Lotte Marines Baseball Games

Starting April 2, the Lotte Marines baseball club announced that local fisherman and stadium food vendor Taichi Sone, 87, would start providing wind and weather forecasts prior to night games.

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The Gods are Angry: Killer Hail in China Leaves Nine Dead 【Video】

As a pale-skinned Brit, this writer is certainly no stranger to bad weather. As much as I wish my country would be blessed with a little more sunshine from time to time however, after seeing the following photos of China’s recent freakish weather, I think I’ll stick with my overcast skies and patches of drizzle.

In the early afternoon of Wednesday 20 March, residents in Guangdong, China found themselves running for cover as balls of ice the size of chicken eggs fell from the sky, smashing car windshields and pummeling the streets below.

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Six Crazy Things I Did Because I Was Cold 【You, Me, And A Tanuki】

You, Me, And a Tanuki is a weekly featured blog run by Michelle, a Californian who is currently one of only two foreigners living in Chibu, a tiny fishing village on one of the Oki islands in Japan. Check back every Saturday for a new post or read more on her website here!

Japan is cold. No, I’m not talking about the people; it’s the weather that sends a chill down my spine. No insulation, central heating, or double-paned windows, and in most public buildings – schools included – there’s no hot water; modern Japanese construction ensures that you will feel every bone-chilling drop in temperature once November rolls around.

When the mercury dips below freezing and there’s nothing to stop the cold from leeching in to your home, sometimes you have to take drastic measures. And when you’re backed into a (freezing cold) corner, it makes you do some crazy things… like wrap your entire house in bubble wrap.

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We Catch a Glimpse of the Elusive “Shadow Fuji”

Back in August, group of our most daring reporters ventured out of Tokyo and into the wilderness to climb Mt. Fuji. Last week, weshared their report of the top 3 meal of Mt. Fuji , but it turns out there was another noteworthy occurrence that day.

At around 6 pm, just as the sun began to set, our heroes gathered their spirits and began the long hike down from the peak of the mountain. As they surveyed the sea of clouds that spread out before them one last time, one of our reporters noticed a dark triangle off in the distance.

The sun setting behind the mountain on one side; a triangular shadow cast over a canopy of clouds on the other side; our reporters were witnessing the fabled “Shadow Fuji!”

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“Guerrilla Rainstorm” Caught on Camera From Tokyo Skytree

Back in 2006, Japanese mass media began using the term “guerrilla rainstorm” to describe short localized downpours of over 100 mm of rain per hour that appeared suddenly and unexpectedly.

The phenomenon is thought to be a result of rapid development of cumulonimbus clouds near urban areas caused by a combination of heat islands and local winds. The rainstorms have proven incredibly difficult to predict (hence the name “guerilla”) and are known for causing flash floods in urban areas.

The photo you see above is of one such guerrilla rainstorm, taken from Tokyo Skytree on September 1.

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Daring Korean Reporters Rush out to Cover Dangerous Typhoon Gangnam Style

Typhoon Bolaven, the largest storm to hit the Korean Peninsula in a decade, tore through the southern part of South Korea late Tuesday, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its path.

While some people in China wandered out with camera in hand to photograph the typhoon as it was nearing its end, one South Korean reporter has gained national recognition for doing a live story during the peak of the storm with a rope tied around his body to keep him from being swept into the sea.

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Cockroach Forecast Now Available Online, Check the Weather and How Likely You are to See a Roach Today!

As summer crawls along, people in many parts of the world are braced for encounters with cockroaches.  Any time they come into our home we are left feeling vulnerable, frustrated, disgusted, and pretty much every negative emotion you can think of.

Courtesy of Japanese chemical company LION, those of us in Japan can now get a detailed report on the level of cockroach activity in our area via the website “Gokiten” (Cockroach Weather).  On the surface this might not seem so useful, but looking deeper into it, this website has a lot to offer, especially to people who just met a roach.

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