The Penang summer solstice – yesterday was the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. I like to take a photo at dawn. But I forgot yesterday. So I have done the next best thing. I took the photos this morning.
Yes, Penang is cooling. I’ve lived in the same house for almost nine years now. And I have a thermometer. I have written on this before, of course. So anyway, I’ve taken to wearing a jacket or a long sleeved shirt over a t-shirt when inside. Now, this is not to say that it’s cold here. But because it is cooler, the air-cons don’t dehumidify the air any more. Therefore I must make the temperature setting lower for them to work, and thus it’s too cool inside. If you open the windows you get dust and bad air inside. Well, I live in an urban area.
Monday to Saturday a solo bird comes for the first time around 8.30AM, and visits several times throughout the day to eat, the last being around 5PM. If I am too late putting out the apple he cheeps when he arrives. He likes red apples best. A bird couple come sometimes, but are very timid and with the slightest movement on my part fly away. Sunday the solo bird comes late.
One day another bird came too – quite rare – I never see this type of bird.
It used to rain in October, and thus be reasonably cool, then as the year-end got closer, dry up and warm up again reaching the hottest time of year from January on to Chinese New Year in February.
Over the last few years the rainy period has started earlier and earlier – in September, and this year continued into January, with corresponding coolness during this period. Actually, this is quite pleasant. However, I am wondering if the mini-ice age is going to come earlier than usual. There is a mini-ice age every 350 to 400 years, and the next one is due to start around 2030 at the earliest. It’s only 2018, but could it be coming early?
But the earth was cooling in the 1970’s too, so this time might also just be temporary. From the 1980’s there was a 15 year period when the earth was warming, finishing around 1995 – 7, after which temperatures have been quite stable for about 20 years, until recently. Record cold every winter in many places in North America and Europe. Snowing in southern Australia in summer. Snowing in the Sahara desert – for the second winter in a row after 40 years of no snow. etc.
One reason I chose Malaysia as a place to retire is that the tropics are not unduly affected by ice ages. But outside of the tropics, more CO2 and a warmer climate would be a good idea – but the latter is just not happening.
Progress is happening! Yesterday I reported progress on the Gurney Wharf project – after months of nothing happening. Progress is also being made – albeit quite slowly – but nevertheless, steadily, on concreting a footpath along the eastern side of Northam Road / Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Starting from Jalan Larut near the Mayfair condo, I walked along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah towards the beginning of Gurney Drive, and took some photos of progress. They are working on the second last stretch here, with one more to go until this condo.
Hardly anyone walks along here. Probably more than 50% are tourists. And almost no one cycles. As there is almost no one around usually, it would be great for cycling. Not long now and it should be finished, and then I can try it out.
The Gurney Wharf project started at the end of February, 2016, which so far is manifested as putting a fence along Gurney Drive, and now dumping gravel. So I will photograph progress from the same standpoint – in front of Bali Hai, which is around the middle of Gurney Drive.
They were pumping mud again this morning so as to fill in between the barriers they placed. Here are the photos taken from along Gurney Drive – towards the George Town end from Bali Hai. I see them working at low tide, but not at high tide. They have now filled in as far as level with Gurney Hotel.