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Okinawans smile as rains end, and typhoons fail to show up

Date Posted: 2005-07-02

Finally!

The sun is shining, mud puddles are only piles of dust, and Okinawans are flocking to the beaches, shopping districts and vacation havens. The rainy season is finished after tallying one of the highest rainfall amounts in 113 years of recordkeeping.

Japanís Meteorological Agency officially proclaimed June 27th the end date, four days later than last year. It was a bizarre Spring, with rains triggering floods and plenty of damage. Equally amazing to many is that the first month of typhoon season is past, and there have been no storms over Okinawa. Typically, 2-3 typhoons already have made their way across the Ryukyu Islands by this point.

In downtown Naha, citizens were reveling in the sunshine, switching from umbrellas to sunshades and parasols to avoid the bright UV rays. In parks and playgrounds, children were delighted. Teens and young adults were active with games and sports.

Meanwhile, mainland Japan is facing a crisis of another sort. Potential drought from a shortage of rain is threatening water rationing. Prayers are on the lips of many, while Prefectural governments are taking steps to transform ocean salt water to potable liquids. Others are suggesting cloud seeding to promote the rains. Naysayers are predicting itís too little, too late.

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