David Cook (davidcook) wrote,
David Cook

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A summary of summer.

So, summer is well past, and no return of warmish weather looks likely. Our first summer in Glasgow has been quite pleasant, all in all. The main thing that I noticed is that variations in temperature day-to-day aren't very large. In Melbourne, it's quite possible to have 40ish one day, and 25 or even 20 the next. Every now and then December will throw up days around 15, and yet it could be 30+ a couple of days before or after that. While we didn't get above 25 here, the maximums didn't go below 18 or so most of the summer, and most days seemed quite nice.

Of course, there was rain. A salesman at an electronics store (after hearing that we'd moved here from Oz) warned me that Glasgow has rain for 270 days of the year, and it's quite possible that that is true - but only if a "rain day" means that there's rain for at least 15 minutes sometime in that 24 hours. There were often fine sunny days with a little splash of rain sometime in the evening, and as summer days go, they were very pleasant.

Anyway, I don't mind rain that much - Melbourne didn't get enough of it, especially in the last few years ( many areas suffered drought conditions ), and personally, I feel a need to be rained on every now and then.

Meanwhile, it was interesting to see a news site article about the hurricanes affecting the Caribbean and the USA expressing relief that another "El Nino" cycle is starting - because on the other side of the world, that cycle is associated with lower rainfall and droughts across Australia - farming is a marginal activity in Australia at best, and drought just makes it harder.
So, next challenge, Autumn. The days are already cooler, and there's more rain around. Nothing so far is beyond what a Melbourne winter would throw up, but I'm aware that worse is to come.


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