As we emerge belatedly from winter in Ottawa and much of North America, if not from quarantine, spare a thought for Australia. Hammered by wildfires widely if improperly attributed to the rising temperature due to man-made climate change, and then the pandemic and lockdown, it’s now experiencing… what’s this? Freezing temperatures? Heavy snowfall? An early winter? Terrible. What a time for the new normal never-ending heat waves suddenly to end.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which like all government media is all in on climate change, “The cold weather blasting Australia’s south-east could bring sub-zero temperatures and frost to parts of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria overnight.” Temperatures are well below normal, in some places as much as 10C. As one Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said with the requisite air of sober authority when stating the blindingly obvious and not very helpful: “Such a cold outbreak is earlier in the season than we would usually expect. In general this event is not unusual in winter but it is somewhat unusual so early in the autumn.”
Well, yes. Heavy snow and frost warnings. And while the weather system bringing this cold snap is going to depart for the Tasman Sea, and good riddance to it, another is moving in “bringing strong winds and low temperatures back.”
OK, OK. You don’t need the weather report. If you don’t live in Australia it’s not yours and if you do you got it already. Or looked out the window and flinched. Especially given the strong winds that have accompanied this unseasonable chill. Or, as ABC put it, “The cold front has already brought record low temperatures across southern Queensland, and on Thursday Adelaide had its coldest April day in 12 years.”
And so? Nothing, apparently. The story just ended there. Whereas had we seen record high temperatures or the hottest April day in 12 years you know exactly what they would have said, and in what tone of voice.
If it keeps up, doubtless we’ll be told a polar vortex is behind it, and behind the vortex man-made climate change. But for now it’s just the usual cold weather following a hot climate.