Today is the last day of winter here in Australia. I decided to provide you with a five-day weather backcast, because I find them far more accurate than weather forecasts.
Frankly, you’d need to be psychic to predict what happened here in the last five days.
As I said in Mondays post, Saturday it poured down with rain all day. It was dull, grey and not very warm either.
Sunday was a wonderful day, temperatures hit about 24°C and the skies were clear and blue, just how we like it. The evening and night were both markedly warmer than they have been in the few months before.
Monday, phew what a scorcher! 26°C, that’s almost 80°F for those still working in Roman numerals, and an obvious signal that winter was over and spring (more like summer) had begun.
A real beaut, as we would say here.
Now, as I’ve been here for nearly 4 years, I’ve built up a vast amount of experience on Australia’s climate. So I already knew by these events that, as always happens, winter becomes spring like flipping a switch here.
You might remember how quickly it changed towards the end of August 2009 when I wrote a post called The Australian Climate: El Nino and La Nina.
So on Monday I had already decided that today’s post was going to be called something like “At last! Glorious weather again.”
Nothing could go wrong, all the signs were there. I received these photographs from Julie, a regular reader and American expat living in the next suburb along from me…..
Yes, a carpet snake in her back garden. A 6 footer by the looks. You know the good weather is here when the snakes start to wake up. I haven’t seen one since I had that snake in my house!
But then something happened to completely ruin my post and crush all my “flip the switch” theories. Something that made me throw my huge climatic knowledge in the bin.
Let’s return to Julie’s back garden for a view of the weather on Tuesday.
No sign of that snake this time either, huh?
The day, again from Julie’s back garden, started like this….
We are back on track for spring again.
Talk about the weather!My thanks to Julie for the photographs. Thanks Julie!