October Temperatures in Australia Off the Charts

18 11 2013

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So who’s surprised…….  Australia’s national weather map looks like late Summer already, with a monsoonal trough arching right over the country from here in South East Queensland, right up the Pacific coast, over the top end, and down towards Broome.  We’ve had thunderstorms every night for a week now, sometimes two.  We missed out on much of the rain though, only getting 40 mm for the entire week; thankfully, we also missed out on the hailstorm that hit Maroochydore, dumping tennis ball sized stones all over the joint…..  All rainfall donations gratefully accepted, however, because whilst it’s normal for this time of year to be dry, it’s not normal for it to be as hot as this.  The evaporation rate was something else……  as good as last year’s garlic crop was, this one’s a total let down, way too hot for the past couple of months I’m sure, and all the water I threw at the veggie patch just disappeared in the heat, and the garden tank was almost dry.

All those storms sure make for some fine sunsets though…….

After the storm.........

After the storm………

I’ve now decided to buy (and have already prepared a pad for) another 23,000L tank to make sure we never run out of garden water again.  I have to act as though selling before next Autumn won’t happen, I just cannot take another chance, and besides it might make selling the place easier with more infrastructure in place.

Glenda and I attended the local Climate Action event at the Cooroora Institute, where some one hundred people showed up in heatwave coloured clothing (that’s me at extreme right in the Che Guevarra T Shirt..)  As usual of course, all the people there were already members of the choir, and the cynic in me truly wonders what difference this will make….  who’s listening?

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We had a good time, it’s always good to catch up with other sane people, the food was good, and my cheese disappeared at the speed of light……!