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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  • Allice May 25, 2022, 11:36 pm |

    I’m sorry for the other hurtful comments you have received. I first read your posts as an Aussie expat in the US, they really helped with settling back into Australia. I chose sunny QLD because of you and I completely understand the food issues. They are particular to Australia and particularly QLD. I’ve never had things go mouldy in one day before or had to navigate flies of various sizes. I could go on but I really just wanted to say thank you and I love reading how much you love living in Australia.

    • BobinOz May 30, 2022, 7:20 pm |

      Welcome back to Australia Allice and I’m glad I was able to help you in some way with your return. No need to apologise for what other people have commented here, but very kind of you to do so. Yes, there are some quite brutal comments on this page, but that’s all part of the fun, they mostly make me laugh 🙂

      And yes, Queensland is and still is (in my view) the best state in Australia, so good choice.

  • Faith Daity November 2, 2020, 11:55 am |

    Your stuff doesn’t make sense and you are stupid, dumb, and in a million years I would think you went to dumb school ok !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • BobinOz November 3, 2020, 5:01 pm |

      Yes, and I stand by my stupidity and will protect my right to be dumb at all times. I thank you.

  • Name August 11, 2018, 11:05 am |

    Your photos and video are BAD! They lack basic explanation. “It’. What is it?? It isn’t until you show the scale that we’re supposed to understand that colored block was INSIDE the tub?? Work on your presentation skils, you suck at that, as I assume the rest of your blog does. (Ergo: move to Australia. Why? You guys have no immigration laws??)

    • BobinOz August 13, 2018, 7:12 pm |

      Very sorry to hear that this 53 second video was too complicated for you. Maybe I should have spoken a little slower?

      By the way, skills is double L.

  • AK November 30, 2017, 1:40 am |

    It only seems strange because you think the cotton candy has lost moisture and become dry. The cotton candy has gained moisture, collapsed into itself and hardened. With thin strands of sugar it doesn’t take a lot of moisture to create problems. Sugar is very hygroscopic.
    Your cotton candy weighs more because it has absorbed moisture.

    • BobinOz December 1, 2017, 4:04 pm |

      Wow, I never knew. I thought the absolute opposite had happened.

      Thank you for the explanation, it’s appreciated. I now feel a teeny-weeny bit smarter, but I still have a very long way to go 🙂

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

    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 |

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

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