Hi Everyone! I have not had time to blog for a while - have been busy with work; needs must when the Devil drives!
I don't know about you, but I cannot get over the weather we have had thus far this winter. It has, for the most part, been more like Spring. I know we have had a couple of cold spells, but I have not had to use a heater yet this winter and have not filled the gas bottle for it.
I read, yesterday, that we might be heading for a drought though, because of the weak El Niño that is expected, leastways, I thnk it was El Niño and not La Niña - more on that just now. The more you look into weather patterns and how they drive our lives, the more interesting it is. Not so long ago being a weatherman was considered a boring job for the most part by those of us not directly involved, but I do feel that for anyone who is interested in the whole climate change thing, this tune might have changed somewhat.
El Niño and La Niña are different aspects of the weather systems we have on this planet. El Niño being the WARMING of the sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, whilst La Niña is the COOLING of the sea surface temperatures in the same area. These two systems affect much of the weather on our planet, through introducing cycles of wet and dry. Take a look on the South African Weather site http://www.weathersa.co.za/ for more detailed information. Fascinating stuff, as are most of the geological and atmospheric happenings to do with our world and the cosmos.
The SA Weather site has an almost interactive weather forecasting system online now, and lots of interesting 'stuff'. Take a look, why don't you?
As ever, stay safe out there in the world - it is a live place, full of surprises.