Tuesday, September 02, 2014

When the weather is unseasonable

This has been hanging around on my computer for ages. I think it may have originally been posted by Jayne at Our Great Southern Land. I have always meant to post it on the day a season changes, and once again I have missed, but we are only one day into Spring.

It is probably only applicable to southern Victoria but may suit some other areas and is how the aborigines used divide up the year into different seasons. So forget this arbitrary placement of seasons which seem increasingly out of sync with reality. Does it make sense to you?


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  1. Andrew, amazing post. I have never seen Aborigines division of the year so interesting description, amazing. I am stupid looking at the seasons completely chaos in my mind.

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    1. Gosia, yes it must be very confusing for you.

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  2. It makes a heap of sense. And there would still be some overlaps I suspect.
    Mind you, if we changed seasons at the equinoxes rather than the first of the month I suspect we would get a little less 'unseasonable' weather.

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    1. EC, I thought that too, that is if we changed to the equinoxes, we would be more in line with reality. I thought the chart might work reasonably well for Canberra.

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  3. Well they would know they have lived here much longer than us.
    Merle........

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    1. Indeed Merle, hundreds of thousands of years of weather knowledge, passed down by each generation.

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  4. I spend one hour for lunch each day outside, sipping my espresso in the sunshine. It is almost a religious ritual.

    Sunday was hot in Melbourne and Adelaide was even hotter. So on Monday, first day of spring, I stripped off to a t-shirt yesterday and sat outside as usual. Grrrrrrr I had to go inside and grab a jumper :(

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    1. Hels, better stay in today. The wind will blow the crema from the top of your espresso.

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  5. Andrew, turning my mind to Sydney I decided that the winter and pre-spring seasons are just a little further around the dial in a clockwise direction, and then I found here ( http://www.abc.net.au/science/features/indigenous/calendar2.htm ) that that is just what the indigenous people around here thought.

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    1. Really interesting Marcellous. I would not mind seeing one for Darwin.

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  6. I loved those descriptions of the changing times of the year. Ignoring the months they relate to, the cycle of nature works in most places (except the fierce heat in the Summer of course).

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    1. Fun60, sorry, I don't understand what you mean about the fierce heat of summer?

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  7. This is a very interesting way of dividing up the seasons. The climate is so out of whack now that the seasons always seem confused!

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    1. For the US too Keith? Does your wife to be have an opinion on changing climate in Germany?

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    2. She says I will like it a lot better there since I like cool weather in general :-)

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  8. J'adore this chart Andrew. I'm going to google and see if it applies to WA or if there is one that does. How very cool would it be framed.. Now it's 12.30 and I'm going to bed :)

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    1. Grace, I should it does apply there, with a little adjustment. Hope the muscles are ok now.

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  9. I seem to recall seeing something about this at the 'new' museum. I'm sure they have some info about it on a wall in the area with the trees and reptiles. I remember it because one of the seasons was called wombat!

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    1. Hello Wombat. I saw you were home from your travels. So what did the wombats do during wombat season?

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    2. This explains all! http://museumvictoria.com.au/forest/climate/wombat.html

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    3. Ah, not what I thought, although probably that too.

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  10. Makes perfect sense I think. I'm not a fan of the Spring equinoxes, but I do love the explosion of life.

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    1. Yep, the spring explosion is great, but how much more significant it would be in the UK.

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