12 March ’13
A lot of folks like to complain about the Manawatu weather. There seems to be a perception that it’s alway raining here. People love to have something to moan about, and they have short memories. Maybe it’s part of the Palmy psyche – the rest of the country is down on us, we must be a worthless bunch… (eh, that’s a point for another blog). In the past few years there have been floods, killer tornadoes and storms, terrible times, all around the country, and we’ve missed it all. We’re lucky to live in a temperate climate that usually gets plenty of rain, it’s never terribly cold, and it’s sunny enough for grain crops, market gardens and vineyards to thrive.
This summer has been different. At first the long hot summer days were welcome. They coincided with the school holidays, we all had a great summer break. But now it’s been over two months without significant rain. It must be 10 years since we’ve experienced a drought such as this. Everyone is over it, the farmers of the country in particular. Here’s scary graphic demonstrating just how dry it is, over the whole country. Parts of the country are now officially in drought conditions, and the Manawatu is about to have drought declared.
Inspired by some great photos in the Standard, I decided to get some shots of the dry for myself.
We took a drive up the Saddle Road on Sunday morning, the early light makes interesting shadows. Mount Ruapehu perches on the distant horizon. (Click in the photo for the full sized version.)
It looks like the farmers are irrigating their fields down in the valley, the hill country has to fare for itself.
The beautiful weather makes for stunning panoramas.
Clear skies bring distant objects up close.
The view from the planes back up to the hills tell the story best.
The evenings are gorgeous, even as the nights draw in and the mornings are autumn cool.
We’d be delighted if those clouds dropped their moisture, but so far they only tease. The only good thing about the continuing fine weather is that it’s really easy to get the washing dry. My dryer is almost growing cobwebs.
I love it when weather forecasters wax eloquent. There is a large anticyclone sitting over New Zealand as the moment, keeping temperatures up and the rain away. An interesting storm is gathering off the coast of Australia, Tropical Cyclone Sandra. “At some point one of these systems are going to win. Will it be a rain-bearing system with northern origins that’ll swoop down over us to provide rain relief or will the anticyclone refuse to give an inch and keep drying out our nation?” said weather analyst Philip Duncan. Fingers crossed.
How is the weather affecting your life in your corner of the world?