Rainy days and Mondays…

I’m sitting in my office, looking out of the window at the rain, and I suddenly notice how cold I feel.

That strange sensation… when you feel so cold, you can’t imagine being so hot that you can hardly move.

Then again in summer, when you are so hot you feel like you are melting, you can never imagine being so cold!

It’s only been raining for a couple of days – and we desperately need it – but still it always makes me feel a bit gloomy.

Cloudy sky and trees
The rainy view from my window.

I find my mood can often reflect the weather.

That’s why I love the usual Queensland winter days of clear blue skies.

Let’s face it, everything looks and feels better with a blue sky!

I must admit I find the weather fascinating, and this morning it seemed to be dominating the news.

The freezing temperature of -12.9C in Liawenee in Tasmania.

A heatwave in the west of the United States – with millions of people subject to extreme levels of heat risk – the highest level on the National Weather Service’s index.

While Hurricane Beryl wreaks deadly havoc in the Caribbean.

The National Hurricane Center says when it strengthened to a category 5 on Monday, it became the earliest hurricane of that strength observed in the Atlantic basin – on record.

We seem to be having a lot of these weather records being broken of late.

Just last month Tambo in central Queensland hit -5.6C – its coldest June minimum on record.

Globally (and this has been verified by a number of independent scientific organisations) 2023 was the world’s warmest year on record.

2023 marks the first time on record that every day within a year has exceeded 1°C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial level for that time of year. Close to 50% of days were more than 1.5°C warmer than the 1850-1900 level, and two days in November were, for the first time, more than 2°C warmer.
The 2023 Annual Climate Summary.

Although it was only the 8th hottest year in Australia, our winter last year was the warmest on record, and September – the driest ever recorded.

According to NASA/GISS the 10 most recent years are the warmest on record.

Strangely enough, after reading all that I feel a lot warmer now (or maybe that’s because the sun has just come out).

Sunshine through trees
The sunny view from my window.

Either way, I’m heading outside to sit in nature for a while, whatever the weather!


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