Fall, glorious fall!
Trip Start Dec 18, 2011
23Trip End Sep 15, 2013
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Highlander Van Village
I last updated the blog in mid-January, and Australia got hotter yet. What a month it was. I tried to include the month's temperature data, but the columns didn't work, so I'll just tell you about it. It was horrid. I need therapy to overcome the twitch I get whenever someone here mentions summer.
The official high (and record breaker) came on Friday, the 18th of January, when a temperature of 44.5C was recorded in our suburb
My favorite quote from a local friend during January: "I thought I had something in my eye, but it was just my eyeballs melting."
January ended and February began with torrents of water. Australia is the land of weather extremes. In late December and early January the country was on fire and everyone was urged to have a bushfire escape plan. Then, by the end of the month, the country was flooded. Everything turned green rapidly. Bridges and river fords were closed for weeks. Low-lying fields were covered in water for weeks
Due to the big rains, the grass is green, the leaves on the trees are green rather than the typical gray, and things look good. However, this past year Australia suffered not only its hottest summer on record, but also its driest winter to summer period. Many farmers are still suffering from the lack of moisture between July and January.
The photos attached to this blog have nothing in particular to do with the weather, except that you can see it's raining buckets in some. We went to northern New South Wales when Cyclone Oswald flooded Queensland and northern New South Wales. The mountains aren't high enough here to consistently provide cool temperatures, but it is noticeably cooler than in the valleys. Luckily we didn't go to the northern beaches for the Australia Day weekend; friends who did either returned early or were stranded until the roads reopened.
The boys had classmates who didn't show up for the first week of school due to their houses being cut off by flood waters
February ended up being extremely humid. The temperature charts are deceptive in regards to humidity. The data wouldn't look bad if you took only the high temperatures into account, but there was such lousy humidity that it felt worse than the burning heat of January. Hard to believe anything could be worse than that blast furnace, but high humidity and 90F feels worse than low humidity and 110F.
At the high school where I'm teaching, kids often ask me if I prefer the US or Australia. Silly question, but I am a guest here, so I answer diplomatically: "Australia is fine from about April through October."