The Australian Climate: Humid or Arid?

I did go to great lengths to explain the complexities of humidity in my post The Australian Climate: Humidity Explained. But that was quite wordy, so for those who prefer their explanations in pictorial form, this is for you.

But this time, lets talk about the opposite of humidity. Aridity. Well, at least I think that’s what’s going on here.

This is cotton candy, classic flavour….

Cotton CandyIt’s the Halloween version, we bought it last October……

Halloween cotton candyBut it’s supposed to be good for another three days……

Best before dateNot here in Australia it isn’t! As you can see, it shrunk a bit…..

Shrunk cotton candyYou see, this tub of cotton candy, which was completely un-opened and still sealed with its cellophane top, was stored in our larder. And it really did used to fill the entire tub. But it had to live through Australia’s climate for almost a year.

It didn’t really survive, did it? But here’s the weird thing. Having lost all of that water, this cup cake shape candy now weighs 64 grams…..

64 grams of cotton candyWhereas a year ago, when it still contained all that additional water, it weighed 42.5 grams…..

Cotton candy original weightLife in Australia, eh! What is it like! You should see what happens to the bread if you leave the bread bin open!

Anyway, I was so excited about this that I made a film…….

Footnote: Okay, the truth should be known. Yesterday evening I spent an hour of my time painting my garage wall chromakey green. I did this so I could do the “newsreader effect” as they call it. This means I can stand in front of the green screen wall, make a recording and then project any kind of image I want behind it.

So next time you see me standing on Bondi Beach delivering a “live speech”, you’ll not know whether I’m really there or standing in my garage.

Well, that’s the theory anyway. I think the wall needs another coat of paint.

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  • Jeremy January 14, 2014, 3:33 pm | Link

    Well, Lets see. If you leave something for an entire year, why are you so shaken and dis-trout about it going bad or have changes go upon it. If you leave cotton candy for a year do you really think its going to be as good as when you first bought it? Please never come to Australia again, as someone with your stupidity wouldn’t last very long.

    • BobinOz January 15, 2014, 12:30 am | Link

      What is dis-trout? And you think I’m stupid?

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