posted on Apr, 23 2012 @ 10:35 AM
I've decided to jump into the fray and offer my very first topic for discussion. Having been a member of ATS for some time now and unafraid to posit
my opinion on various subjects, I've now found myself in need of discussing a strange occurrence/observation that has to do with the perceived
position of the Sun and heat emanating from it.
First, a little discussion preface. Many of us commute to work or school at a regular time, following a usual path, at a usual speed, while driving,
walking, or cycling as the case may be. This path of travel becomes familiar in the sense that you can expect certain things to be the same and when
they are not, they become remarkable. For example, you always drive past a school who's school speed limit sign has a flashing light that is always
on when you pass it. Then one day, that flashing light is not illuminated as usual and you wonder why but then, put the unusual experience in the back
of your mind and move forward with your day. Some things you observe/experience during your commute are highly remarkable that causes you in some
cases, to bring it up to others. For example, you witness or come upon a serious motor vehicle accident. Finally, you may experience those things that
are subtle enough not to cause you to bring it up in early conversation but, significant enough to remember when another event appears to correlate
with it. My experience this past weekend was of the last variety.
My commute to work takes about 15 minutes and it is always begins approximately at 07:30. On one particular part of my path, I am driving almost due
East and I find that at certain times throughout the year, the Sun will be directly in my line of sight and lower on the horizon which would cause me
shield my eyes from it (sun visor, sun glasses, etc) as I travel. This past Thursday, 19 April 2012, I was travel at my usual time down my usual path
when I found myself having to shield my eyes from the Sun. As I said before it is not unusual for me to do so except that I had become accustomed to
not having issues with the Sun's position over the past few weeks and now, it was somehow...different. Now, I am the first to suggest that my
recollection of this "event" could be flawed and perhaps my eyes were hypersensitive that morning or that I was simply not as aware of the Sun's
location on the horizon. Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, this was subtle enough not to immediate comment to anyone but, when my wife made a similar
observation on her commute, I found myself thinking that something is different. Note: my wife also drives to work on a usual schedule, roadway, and
speed, and also finds herself driving nearly due East on a portion of her commute.
There was another likely unrelated occurrence of which I feel is worth sharing here. This weekend, the family and I played and worked in our yard in
the mid to late afternoon and it seemed that the Sun's rays were stronger somehow. They seemed "hotter" to us. We didn't get any sunburns to speak
of and the outside temperature did not exceed 85 degrees F in my area. However, we felt like the Sun was more brighter and more intense. Overall, it
was a beautiful weekend and I'm glad to have been outside enjoying it but, it is a little odd that these several observations would come so close
These are the reasons I've decided to submit this topic for discussion. Ultimately, I want to know if anyone had also experienced this over the past
week and if so, what were your thoughts about the experience? For reference, I live about 20 miles Southeast of downtown Houston, Texas.