Rain Water: River Otters sacrifice fish

August 27th, 2012
by Jo Law

This pentad began with a very warm spring day. Bellambi (AWS) recorded a maximum of 26.7ºC on Thursday August 23rd. Where we were in Sydney, the highest temperature reached 30ºC. In the city, many people wore their summer ensemble perfectly at ease in the hot sun; leaving some of us, who caught off-guard by the sudden shift in weather, wandering with our woollens tied around our waists or stuffed in our bags like visitors from a cold country. Like a Proustian madeleine, the warm air jolts the body’s memories, and, for a brief moment, I was immersed in a hot Sydney summer’s day.

On this same day, strong winds blew from a north, north-westerly direction. The moisture in the warm air fuelled the growing cloud decks. Rain fell in the late afternoon, returning moisture content to ground level. The day was followed by a cool morning with scattered rainfall. After this sudden spike in temperature and rainfall, the remaining days of the pentad continued with maximums in the high-teens and relative humidity below 50%.

The recent seasonal outlook released by the Bureau of Meteorology anticipates a warmer and drier than average spring for New South Wales. The Bureau’s continual monitoring of the Pacific Ocean’s temperatures indicates that there is ‘renewed development towards El Niño’ with a possibility of returning to drier and warmer conditions for the southern and eastern parts of the continent, although it is still too early to tell.

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