What’s going on with our weather: rotten Ridgy and silly Sam

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Aaaa haah haah haaaaahhhhhhh! We’re only a handful of kilometres from the sea but, even here, dawn temperatures of -4 degrees Celsius are enough to test a Milk Maid’s mettle.

This morning’s frost was even heavier than yesterday. It’s a cold, dry winter.

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But why is it so dry and cold even though the El Nino watch is now officially over? Well, as the Bureau explained in its Climate Influences report associated with the three-month outlook, there are two main problems aside from climate change:

“…the sub-tropical ridge over Australia shifted southwards, and the Southern Annular Mode—or SAM—forecast to be positive at least for much of July. When SAM is positive, the global belt of high pressure in the southern hemisphere mid-latitudes shifts southwards, pushing cold fronts and moisture to the south of Australia.”
– Bureau of Meteorology

Too technical? Whether you’re an old hand or new to all the meteorological jargon, the Climate Dogs videos explain it all beautifully in less than two minutes. Give them a go.

This wretched season is all down to rotten Ridgy and silly Sam playing up. With Sam not driving enough cold fronts up here from Antarctica and Ridgy doing his best to block them, we’re in a spot of bother with not enough moisture for clouds to make rain or blanket us at night. Now, if only we could take them to dog obedience class!

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7 responses to “What’s going on with our weather: rotten Ridgy and silly Sam

  1. Nigel

    Memories of 82

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  2. Chook

    Brr this morning, I felt for you dairy farmers getting up early so we could have our milk, Thankyou!

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  3. I hope you have a warm house to return to at the end of each day!

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    • Just lit the fire now! Hope you have one roaring, too. It’s a rotten run of icy weather. Not looking forward to going back out again before the next lot of showers but glad to at least have a little bit of rain to show for it.

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  4. zebramac

    Loved the picture of the post and those videos really helped me understand.

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