Saturday, February 20, 2016

Following on

Yes, following on from yesterday's icy post, isn't the weather a bit queer in the northern hemisphere?

Gosia reports from Poland that there has been little snow there. Walt and Ken similarly have had little snow. Marie in London managed to find a pond partly frozen over in outer London. So The Thames is not freezing over this year? It has been a long time. John Gray of Wales complains of biting cold winds and rain, but not snow. Gattina complains about the constant rain but it is not very cold in Belgium. The Tyne River where R grew up used to freeze, but it doesn't now. Strayer in north western America moans on about the rain, but not snow.

But even here in Victoria, way down south in Australia, our summer has been delightfully cool. The 2016 summer has seen no multiple days of 40 degrees, let alone one day,  and we are already two thirds through February. It can still be hot in March though. Perhaps it will be a late summer. Easter in southern Australia can be very cold or very hot, or sometimes very wet.

All very odd, but of course nothing to do with global warming.

26 comments:

  1. Andrrew yesterday weather man announced definitely the end of winter. Only rain is expected. Days are windy and rainy.. It is not typical winter but it is goning to be a very hot summer hotter than last year

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    1. Gosia, we were warned of a very long hot summer. It hasn't happened.

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  2. I have noticed that Melbourne hasn't had those sweltering hot days this summer and yet it feels to have been our hottest summer in Sydney for years.

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    1. Not thinking of buying an air conditioner are you Victor?

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    2. I would call it Climate Change rather than Global Warming. Thus the same _global_ greenhouse gas emissions can cause very strange and unpredicted _local_ changes, as your readers discussed.

      Victor is spot on. Sydney is never boiling hot in summer (unlike Perth and Adelaide for example), yet twice recently it set records for its hottest summer temperatures ever - 45.8c.

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    3. Hels, you are correct, Climate Change, caused by global warming. Only once have we struck very hot weather in Sydney and the smoke from bush fires in the north was very visible.

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  3. I agree the weather has been very different this winter. Not sure what we have in store for the Summer. More floods?

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    1. Marie, the north of England has had its share of floods for a few years. May you have a warm and pleasant summer.

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  4. Up here it has been a very changeable summer. Hot. Dry. Hot. Wet. Cool. Hot. And repeat.

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    1. EC, I have noticed you have had some quite hot weather in contrast to here. We are very used to changeable weather, but not long stretches of cool in the summer.

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  5. Launceston has had a glorious warm summer so far. Hobart hasn't been as warm. No rain hardly at all in Launceston and many other areas.
    At least this year we have had a fairly good summer. I do remember many summers like this one years ago.
    Weather is certainly odd in some places.

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    1. Margaret, but not hot though. No killer hot days.

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  6. Yes, I love to moan about the rain. You should hear me when I escalate to bitching. It's ugly. You don't want to be near.

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    1. Strayer, you are making me afraid.

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    2. And you should be.

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  7. It has been a cool summer so far, a few days too hot for me, but manageable because of the cool days in between. Next Monday is predicted to be 40C here in Adelaide, yet last night I was wearing winter jammies and fluffy socks to watch TV. Today is sunny and warm, but the morning breeze was almost cool enough to wear a cardigan. I hope none of this means a bitterly cold winter.

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    1. River, lordy, 40 degrees. Ok, that will be our Tuesday when we have 37, my day off and we have an appointment.

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  8. Global warming? Pish. What are you, some kind of tree-hugging pinko communist? lol

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    1. Walt, is that Reagan or Bush speak? I am a latte sipping, black wearing, wine drinking inner city socialist who espouses a left wing view about almost everything. Communism is just going a bit too far.

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  9. It has been a warm-ish and dry-ish winter thus far. Later today the temperature will reach about 20 C., very unusual in February. On Wednesday, however, we'll be getting more snow.

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    1. Cranky, I am gobsmacked at 20 degrees and then cold enough to snow a few days later.

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    2. It's pretty standard here; we're at the edge of two strong weather systems, so weather can be 'interesting'.

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  10. it's climate change dear.

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    1. Fen, so will we have a very hot March? We have in the past.

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  11. Have to admit last winter was really mild in Perth, bit disappointing when you look forward to any excuse to cosy up and do nothing. When the sun's shining I always feel like I should be doing something :) Global warming is not a bright future!

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    1. Grace, our winters are not nearly as cold as they used be. We rarely see a frost in the city.

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