“awesome” and awash.

Bahamas. satellite image of sand and seaweed. Image courtesy Serge Andrefouet, University of South Florida

[bahamas. satellite image of sand and seaweed. Image courtesy Serge Andrefouet, University of South Florida. Source, via Pruned]

the picture above reflects the original meaning of awesome to me. it’s from one of my favourite blogs, Pruned, which is an awesome blog not only for archi-geeks, but anyone who appreciates either natural or manmade forms.

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speaking of nature.

i was quite excited to hear the tweets about the flood in orchard road (while i was in san francisco- where nary a whisker of a cloud was spotted). apparently, during that flood,  100 millimeters of rain fell in a single morning.

june is a rainy month. the typical average are thunderstorms for about half the month. …but some winds must have have dallied too much with some clouds in china, and the revelling chums floated over and drunk-dunked all their rains on singapore. because these rains fell over 60% of their allocated average for the month.

[ singapore, orchard road. from fit to post]

[singapore, thomson (not orchard). via blog ]

artiwil said on twitter,   “Maybe they should just dam “Sungei Thomson” on both ends and promote it as the next frontier of waterfront living.”


then it happened again. this time, it drained better in orchard, but many had to wade their way to work (including me). this time, another 100 millimetres (mm) of rain fell within an hour, from 830am. that’s 120% of a whole month in 3hours.

and you know, with the number of trees our island has, all the flying leaves and snapping branches can be pretty dramatic.

[singapore. via blog]

perhaps our pipes are mouldy and clogged. maybe we’ve been littering. some say it’s the marina barrage.  likely that we’re just living through interesting times.

last year, nicely chronicled by mrbrown, Minister for Environment and Water Resources Yaacob Ibrahim described the flash foods at Bukit Timah as a “freak” event that happened “only once in 50 years.

now we have two more, in barely a week.

but the flood’s given us a new record at least, and earned its own wiki page.

back to artiwil.

After years of complaining that S’pore has scant water resources, Mother Nature says: Here ya go, and we complain . Sigh.

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