Whether the weather be wet or fine: Weekly Smile


© irene waters 2017

Australian meteorologists have a lot of trouble predicting our weather. We were amazed when we visited the UK in the nineties that the forecasters could predict the weather to the hour and they would be correct. That never happened in Australia then, or now.

Yesterday for example I received 27 SMS messages that severe thunderstorms with damaging hail were predicted by….. Certainly as can be seen from the sky there was a possibility but we neither got rain, hail nor any thunder and lightning. I go onto hyper alert if a storm is possible, particularly if I’m driving.

Tonight, as I was travelling to dog training I had to smile. The weather report followed the news. That was not surprising in itself but the forecaster stated “It is raining unless you put your head out the window and see the sun shining.” I wonder if he’ll have a job tomorrow but he certainly brightened my day.

In response to Trent’s Weekly Smile.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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9 Responses to Whether the weather be wet or fine: Weekly Smile

  1. trentpmcd says:

    The problem with thundershowers is they are often very localized. A big storm moving through is easy to track, but a thunderstorm may drench a few square miles/km, and not touch anything else. (Most of the time they are pretty accurate here too, but with thunderstorms and such, always take it with a grain of salt. Also when forecasts cover large areas – the bigger the area, the less accurate it will be)

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    • I think, after a few disasters, they’d prefer to be safe rather than sorry and facing court cases to explain their lack of warnings. Unfortunately it makes you take the warnings with a grain of salt. We no longer take down sails – one day we will be caught…..

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      • trentpmcd says:

        Kind of how the big snow storms are – I remember listening to the radio once saying we were going to get 4 to 8 inches when almost 30 inches had already fallen… It was an awful storm and caused a lot of damage because nobody was prepared.

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  2. I’d hate to be a weather man (person). You are damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. Best that they have a sense of humor, like said forecaster did!

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    Pretty impressive sky! We usually just keep driving… As far as weather people go, sometime I think we can do better by just sticking our heads out the window,

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  4. TechBook says:

    . Also when forecasts cover large areas – the bigger the area, the less accurate it will be)

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    • You are right and the geography of the area can make vast differences in relatively short distances. Luckily we live where we get the good weather and rarely get the severe weather. Slightly north (by 5 kms) and slightly south (by maybe 30kms) seem to cop the lot.


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