Monday, July 23, 2012

Lahaina Noon

Just look at that tiny shadow. Today and tomorrow, it's the smallest it can possibly be.  Why?
This is the only state in the USA which experiences a phenomenon known as Lahaina Noon.  The sun is passes directly overhead sometime between 12:15 and 12:45 pm on the Big Island today and tomorrow therefore shadows are the smallest possible.  An object like a flag pole or telephone pole will appear to cast no shadow at all.  This happens once before and once after the solstice.  In Hawaiian, la haina  means "cruel sun."

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