Over the last few months Courtenay Bluebird over at Bluebird Blvd and I have been trading weather stories as we both live in very different places and are experiencing the opposite extremes of weather at the same time.*
Today we have a beautiful clear blue sky and are absolutely freezing here in the Yarra Valley, 11°c at 12.30 in the afternoon as I type, and the mountains I can see across the valley likely have snow under the trees.
The weather in Victoria being what it is though, at any moment it could start raining and not stop for days, bringing on flooding. Giant hail could be on its way, damaging winds could bring down trees, lightning could start a fire…..
At the other end of the spectrum, poor Bluebird is suffering through the Texas heat and apparently not enjoying it at all, I really feel for her. In a few months time it will be summer here and it will be my turn to mope around the house wishing for some sort of extreme weather anomaly to bring a blizzard in to break up the heat.
There is no point complaining about the weather in Melbourne as the climate is along the lines of ‘don’t like the weather? Just wait a minute’. We often have four seasons in a 10 minute period, never mind ‘in one day’!
I remember going to an outdoor concert many years ago and coming home a complete mess, a huge dust storm blew up, choking us, only for the drowning rain to turn it into a mud bath. Soon after, the blazing sun came out and we ended up with sunburn, turning to mild hypothermia by the evening, naturally we had a great time…
Since we have both been weather obsessed lately we though we would include you all in it too and have a blog carnival, so come on! Join in! We would love you to do a post about the weather you are experiencing, it can be writing, photography, art, anything! We really want to see what all you people around the world come up with, and if everyone is as weather obsessed as we are.
If you do a blog post submit your link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Show Us Your Weather!” in the subject line and Bluey will include it in a sticky post on her blog from the 1st to the 7th of August 2012 to share it with everyone. Have a look here for her Show us your Weather invitation page for more details.
Here is my photographic contribution to the carnival. Over the weekend the Man and I were in the city, a rare event. Yes, I packed an umbrella. It was a beautiful day and rained intermittently. This picture is taken from Southbank, the newly trendy part of Melbourne, looking across the Yarra River towards the rapidly disappearing buildings of the main CBD.
It is appropriately moody in black and white through the sheeting rain. If you could see behind me it would be to a crowd of the well-dressed cowering from the rain under a verandah for the five minutes of the downpour. I just had time to take a few pictures before the rain cleared, the sun was back, and we all continued on our way.
This picture is making me cold just looking at it, although I didn’t even need a jacket that day. Aaahhh, Melbourne, I love your changeability!
Rain at Southbank, Melbourne.
*If you would like to see exactly what the weather I am having at home right now is have a look at Britannia Creek Weather Station, a live weather station a short distance from my house.
Thanks to those of you who participated in the blog carnival.
Sparks in shadow with “Storm”
The Why About This with “The View”
Old New or True with “A Tempest Between Four Walls”
Meeka with her haiku
Aubrey’s Blog with a beautiful piece of writing entitled “Windy”
Moseblossom with her wonderful illustration “Rain”
and of course Bluey with her essay “Delusion, by Degrees” explaining what those hot months of summer can do to a South Texan mind….