The clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped about four days ago. At this time of year, gray, flat, overcast weather like this can last for days at a time, with or without rain. The temperature hovers just above 70 in the day and drops into the 60s at night. For Vietnamese used to nine months or so of hot, mostly sunny days, it feels downright cold. Yesterday, blustery 20 to 30mph winds made it feel pretty chilly out at the beach. This is looking north across Da Nang Bay at the mountains that separate Da Nang from Hue about 80km to the north. The Hai Van Pass that goes over the mountains is covered by clouds.
A couple of weeks ago, on Dec 3 to be exact, the rain stopped and some pale sunlight peeked through the overcast briefly. I immediately walked out of the house to get a bit of exercise and some relief from cabin fever. The Han River is muddy and swollen in this photo. It has been raining for much of the two weeks since then.
Da Nang was hit on Monday with a tropical storm that dumped a huge amount of rain on the city. The rain began around 7:30 in the morning and continued all day, torrential much of the time. Apparently, there was flooding in parts of the city, though not around where I live. Tuesday morning, it was overcast but not raining so I ventured out in search of food. The Han River, usually a flat gray with hints of blue or green depending on the light, was swollen with runoff and silt from the storm and had turned a muddy reddish brown. The water’s color makes an interesting contrast to the overcast gray sky. There was no rain Tuesday until evening, at which point the sky opened and water poured down in sheets. Water accumulated quickly on the deck upstairs from me, and eventually started dripping down the wall of my living room. Repairs were undertaken Wednesday and the drainage system on the deck was improved. The verdict on the improvements awaits the next time it rains.