Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Let's talk about the weather

I don't know that Melburnians are more fixated on the weather than folk elsewhere but our weather is part of our daily conversation, often beginning with the words 'It's too...". Could be too hot, cold, wet, humid, windy and so forth. I recall remarking on someone's blog that their northern hemisphere season seemed to change very abruptly. I spoke too soon, as exactly that has happened here.

On the 11th September we had our first 20 (70) degree day with a jump of 5 degrees. Two days later we cracked 25 (80). By the 23rd, we had dropped back to 12 (54) degrees.

Yesterday was 35 (just short of 100) and today is forecast to be 35 before a cool change. What happened to spring? Of course this is nothing to do with global warming.

Our heat comes when a strong north wind blows the heat down from inland Australia, and at this time of year also rye grass pollen which drives people with hayfever crazy.

Here's a photo, taken a few weeks ago, to brighten things up. The tree closest to the lens is a London plane tree with new leaves appearing. Further is an elm which has just burst into seed, or elm hops as I call them. The hops are now nearly all brown and dry and are flying around in the wind like confetti. They even get caught in updraughts and end up on our balcony, gathering in corners. These couple of very hot days will probably see them all gone and the new elm leaves will appear, faced with searing winds and scorching hot sun. Deciduous European trees really do it tough in Australia.


I'll just end with this, we could do with a bit of rain though.

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    1. P.S. Sad to hear on the news of an early start to your fire season in VIC

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    2. Yes, it so early in the season for threatening fires, Carol.

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  2. 'We could do with a bit of rain' - could we ever ! Or as some of us might say - too bloody right!

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    1. Cathy, the grass has browned off already, which I find disturbing.

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  3. What else is there to talk about?

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    1. Marie, the deficiencies in a our public transport?

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  4. Yes, we could all do with that bit of rain.

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    1. CM, the situation for you and parts of Queensland is very serious, I know.

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  5. andrew, weather is very important topis and it is not suitable for some people.

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    1. Gosia, yes, always to be talked about.

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  6. 'we could do with a bit of rain'
    Even in winter we could do with a bit of rain, SA is so dry.
    I remember now what I saw on TV news recently, yesterday or the day before, a state in America experiencing flooding after receiving three months worth of rain in three days. too much too soon, while we get none...it's the same old story; feast and famine.

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    1. Yes, but then Jac in Indiana below says her area is a bit dry.

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  7. Some rain would be very, very nice. Another hot day here today. Cooler tomorrow. Hopefully.
    Some world-wide weather moderation would be more than welcome.

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    1. EC, we have been warned about more extreme weather.

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  8. Twas 41 here. And I got it into my head that creating a new fern garden out the front of the house where the rubbish bins used to live would be an awesome idea. At least I waited until it got down to 34 or so to start digging.

    Still, I did go hiking when it was 45 here once, because there is something not quite right in my brain! ;) I love the heat, but this was kind of out of nowhere and I think the chooks prefer a gradual heat build up, not last week we had arctic temperatures and rain, and now here is a 41 degree day as a surprise to you all..

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    1. Snoskred, that is really hot. That too is an extreme change for you too. Poor chooks.

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  9. This is farm country, off course weather is a popular topic of conversation here.

    We aren't getting as much rain as we usually do this time of year; I'm thinking we'll pay for it next summer.

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    1. Jac, I hope not, may you have plentiful rain but not too much at once.

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  10. What is it they say? Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. ;)

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    1. Walt, seems you have been a bit wet and the flash flooding reported on the news was bad.

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  11. Weird weather for October, hot for a few days then cool.
    I'm always talking about the weather, seems interesting to me.
    Bush fire ban here today too.

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    1. Margaret, hot weather in October is not unknown, but not quite this hot.

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  12. Agreed.. Deciduous European trees do it tough in hot, dry Australia. So normally I would prefer Australian native trees. However your plane trees look gorgeous, so let's water them well.

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    1. Hels, native trees just don't work in our inner parks and streets, but once away from town, yes of course. City of Melbourne, eastern side of St K Rd has a watering system. City of Port Phillip, this western side, does not.

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  13. So you have grass pollen to contend with also? I live surrounded in grass seed farms and the allergens often drive me nuts. Our seasons used to gradually come in, but not anymore.

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    1. Strayer, yes, I remember about the grass farms. That must be awful as they are so close by.

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  14. Weather is a nice subject when you have nothing to say ....

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    1. Gattina, the weather is always a good way to start a conversation too.

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  15. Oh I know what you mean about the rain Andrew, I was looking ahead at the chart and it looks like there will be no rain falling in Perth for quite a while.. That's a little depressing to moi :)

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    1. Grace, imagine the despair farmers are feeling at the moment.

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