Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Weird Vog Day and Weird Easter Stats

Today was the vogiest day I can ever remember. For those that don't know, Vog is Volcanic Smog:

"Noxious sulfur dioxide gas and other pollutants emitted from Kilauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai`i react with oxygen and atmospheric moisture to produce volcanic smog (vog) and acid rain."

This vog blows over here from the Big Island, and today it looked like someone had muted the blue sky to a pale grey. I couldn't even see the West Maui Mountains! This gave the day a surreal quality.

Here is some news about Easter that was sent to me:

Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar. Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.

Here's the interesting info. This year is the earliest Easter most of us will ever see. Only the most elderly (95 or older) of our population have seen it this early and none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!

Here are the facts:

1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913, so if you're 95 or older you were around for that.

2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

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Are you implying that I won't live to be 328 years old? Hmmpphh!
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