Weather fascinates me. We are all connected by weather in this world and, when the weather changes so much, as it does in Melbourne, it’s always interesting.
The Bureau of Meteorology this morning released their forecast for the coming spring months. Being an island Australia’s weather is affected by both the Pacific and Indian Oceans. As l am writing this there are vast areas of Australia currently in severe drought; 100% of NSW, most of Queensland, Northern WA and very dry conditions in Northern Victoria. There are light showers here in Melbourne this morning, but, the outlook is not positive.
The ENSO (El Nino-Souther Oscillation) is currently in neutral, but, there is a 50% chance that it will develop into an El Nino. That means less rainfall and higher temperatures for Eastern Australia. Clear skies means more evaporation of water and drying out of the soil. It also increases the risk of bushfires. We have already seen some bad fires up North and Victoria is one of the most fire prone areas on Earth.
This may sound alarmist, but, the weather is changing all around the world. I try and do my bit and despair at our Government’s refusal to see what’s in front of them. We are all connected and that’s what makes weather so interesting.
If you want to know more about Australian weather go to http://www.bom.gov.au
What’s the weather like where you are?
*(This is the only political comment l will make as this is definitely Not a political blog)