Newsflash!!! It is summer in Australia. No seriously it is. Not that you would have known it recently had you been here. Summer started in the land down under on the first day of December last year. For those unaware it is now this year (2012), and not last year (2011) any more, so I suggest you put that $3 wine cask down for a minute, poke your mug out from under that cardboard box and look around!!! Maybe even move a little and speak to someone. But hey don’t get too carried away there now!
The news via all forums has been absolutely buzzing with word that our cooler weather is gone for the time being and the annual dose of heat is here. Southern and Western Australia have endured a nightmare week or 2 of heat wave conditions and now face the resulting bush fire threat associated with such temperatures. Nasty stuff if you live there and we all hope everyone gets through it unscathed.
For those of us in the north-eastern areas, it has been wet ish and reasonably pleasant until now. This time last year it must be remembered half the city was flowing down the Brisbane river at warp speed into Moreton Bay! Many lost their lives and many more lost everything they own. Again nasty stuff indeed. Luckily these conditions have not repeated themselves again.
Back to the focus of this aimless story… The whole weird weather pattern thing worldwide has got me thinking about this Global Warming stuff again. Seems nobody can agree on what is going on or going to happen. Weather people say X and scientists say Y. Fuck me people, can someone please work it out and let us all know sometime soon please? Now I don’t profess to be an expert on weather, history, science or anything else that is allegedly used to measure and forecast this stuff. I do however have eyes and ears, so it seems I am able to forecast my local weather far better than the bureau most of the time…. I can lay claim to this ability as I have regularly known my area was being absolutely pummelled by huge storms looong before the bureau has even issued storm warnings over the past several years….. When it is raining on you INSIDE your house you just have an inkling that something unusual is going on outside don’t you? Cop that weather bureau!
We keep hearing that sea levels are rising rapidly, Arctic/Antarctic ice is melting at some ridiculous rate of metres per year, the hole in the ozone is expanding at a rate that will see the earth disappear up its own arse in the very near future etc etc. I can’t for that traffic warning of an iceberg which has drifted onto the freeway…… How does the average Joe on the street take all this in I ask? It is pretty heavy stuff that has the potential to make kids run screaming to mummy and daddy asking if the world will end soon! Of course the answer is “YES my child, but lets not get hung up on that right now and go clean your room up so it’s nice and tidy for the apocalypse!”
Honestly there have been record freezes in Europe and the North America’s (yes that includes you too Canada, sorry bout that!). One of the coolest starts to the Southern hemisphere summer in aeons, and many other strange weather patterns that don’t really scream out “your all going to burn and or drown!!”. Not saying that won’t happen of course as I’m no expert remember, but it’s not looking likely right now is it? If anything the indicators are that we will have bloody snow in tropical Australia during summer in the next few years! I can just see the picture of the snap frozen weather bureau person in Brisbane who went outside to see what the weather was like. Cooolllll….. (pardon pun)
No matter how you cut it and dice it, the weather has been really weird in recent times. Now there are earthquakes, volcanoes and all sorts of extremes everywhere all the time it seems. Maybe the original thoughts on the Mayan end of world prediction in 2012 were right after all? Maybe come December it will be THE END?