I propose that a day at the beach is better than therapy and it must be universally enjoyed by us all. How else to explain the ridiculously high prices for beach-side homes and the mad amounts of money we’re prepared to spend on a beach holiday to position ourselves within walking distance of the sand and water?
Now that I have two small children, of course, I realise that it’s one of the best types of childcare as they’re occupied with sand and buckets while I can be unoccupied with a magazine or a paper.
What better way to spend a warm, sunny day than at the beach? It’s summer in Australia, so beach days are the default activity at this time of year, but not so much this summer. We’ve had unseasonably low temperatures, grey skies and lots of wet. The reason is a little Spanish girl, La Nina.
This chica is bringing rain, rain and more rain; and much lower summer temperatures. The La Nina weather pattern that we’re experiencing on the eastern seaboard of Australia is also resulting in extensive flooding in parts of Queensland and New South Wales. It’s a testament to the big wet La Nina brings, in direct opposition to its counterpart El Nino that delivers hot, dry conditions often resulting in droughts.
La Nina and El Nino are quite complex weather systems but essentially the water surface temperature rises during El Nino bringing higher temps, less rainfall and less cloud cover. The strength of each system can vary which means it can bring devastating droughts or floods, events that have us all talking about the weather day in day out or in extreme cases, evacuating houses if we live in an effected area. Sometimes these systems pass relatively unnoticed and are not the starting subject of most conversations.
The Bureau of Meteorology has some interesting facts on El Nino and La Nina in Australia that can be found at the BOM website. For example, I didn’t know that in 2002 we had the worst drought in Australia’s history. But I digress.
I can always tell if the weather is unusual by the way someone I know starts their conversations. It goes along the lines of ‘hot, I’ve never been so hot’. At the moment it tends to be ‘wet, I’ve never seen so much rain’. That tells me the weather is a bit out of the ordinary, and I can probably get the forecast for the next few days as well, so I’ll know whether my plans for the beach will be ruined.
What do you like about the beach? Or are you an indoors creature and find all that sunshine and sand too much?