Drought

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Last week, if you recall, my post was about Snaking Caterpillars: The Pine Processionary Caterpillar. Caterpillars, at some point, turn into butterflies or moths. Last week, some rather large moths showed up in the upper south-east of South Australia. When I say big, I’d do mean big, as you can see from this tweet: Um [...]

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We’ve got good and bad in today’s post and it’s all about wild weather. You’ll remember that just before Christmas a fierce Tornado Ripped through Sydney’s South, well there’s been little relief from the extreme weather conditions since then. As Australia goes through, apparently, A Godzilla of an El Niño, we were supposed to be [...]

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Indonesia is on fire, and smoke from that fire spreading across Southeast Asia. Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia and Brunei are all covered with an air polluting haze. These pictures from NASA’s Earth Observatory clearly show the huge amount of smoke covering the region. This is the Indonesian island of Sumatra… And these are [...]

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Here in South East Queensland (SEQ), that’s the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas, it’s hard to believe that more than two thirds of our state has been drought declared for a while. The weather has been hot and dry for most of the time, yes, but we have still had a bit of [...]

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On Monday of this week we had the first significant rainfalls in Brisbane for something like 75 days. Where I live in the western suburbs of Brisbane I can’t even remember it raining in the last 75 days, and I have to say that everything in the garden is looking a little browned off. Here [...]

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As most of you will know, last year’s floods were as a result of us being in the middle of a very strong La Niña event. When she is around, it rains a lot. The opposite of a La Niña is an El Niño. When he is around, Australia can go into drought. I explained [...]

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When we first arrived in Australia back in November 2007, we appeared to bring the British weather with us. Australia was in the midst of an ever worsening drought. All the talk was of saving water and “every drop counts” was the mantra of the South East Queensland Water Corporation. Even before we’d left England, [...]

Here, in Brisbane, at around 6 p.m. on Monday evening of this week it started to rain. I can honestly say that for the first time in my entire life rainfall felt really good. It gave me a deep sense of joy. Rainfall has given me joy before, but in a most opposite way. Back [...]