Sunday, July 27, 2008

When can we start?

My Dad, a retired physicist, has kindly been calculating when we might have enough sun to start solar cooking this year. Here's what he's come up with:

I don't understand it in the slightest.

Luckily he's also provided a translation:

In Wellington, prime solar cooking days (when we're at a 45 degree angle to the sun, or greater, for 4 hours or more) will begin in mid October, and run through till early March.

Solar cooking is, however, often also possible a few weeks before and after that prime period, so I'm planning to have a go towards the end of September.

The further north you are in New Zealand, the earlier you can start. That means Aucklanders can get in there about a week and half before Wellingtonians, while Mainlanders will have a few more days to wait.

Hurry up, spring!


Lynda Eichler said...

Your Dad sure is amazing ! Looked like a foreign language to me - so grateful for the translation ! Lynda XX

Nikki said...

Yep, would fly over my head. Oops, better get back to researching oven designs...

Andrea said...

Yay Dad!