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Firstly, I just want to say that I think Victoria, or rather Melbourne (where I have been living for the past almost four years) really does get a very unfair wrap when it comes to shitty weather, because let me tell you, south east Queensland, you take the gold star for crap weather right now!
Right now, much of the northern rivers region of New South Wales and south eastern Queensland is on flood watch after almost 72 hours of non-stop torrential rain. Where I happen to be staying in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast has received just short of 300ml in this time frame and most of the usual flood prone areas are currently bracing for water inundation.
Melbourne, on the other hand has had endless days of above 30 degree weather with blue skies, all of which has made for sensational Australian Open tennis viewing. That’s when the fabulous commentary can be heard above the deafening rain!
I come up to Queensland once a year usually and to be quite honest, if I didn’t enjoy the Woodford Folk Festival and going snowboarding, I would prefer to be visiting the apparent Sunshine state in winter.
Winter, from memory up here is endless days of about 20 degrees, blue skies, crisp nights and flat beaches. Sure, the water temperature is cold, so lazing on the beach is kind of out, but at least there is no humidity and usually little or no rain.
Winter in Victoria can and does suck. It can be blisteringly cold, dreary, grey but what makes it not so bad in my opinion are the big coats, scarves, open fires and snowfields! However when I try to think about what is honestly good about this crappy Queensland summer weather, well, I’m really struggling here.
Monsoonal weather is not fun, humidity is not fun and being couped up indoors for days on end is not fun either. Queensland is a great state and so much of what makes it great are it’s outdoor activities, but add a shit load of rain to this and things just tougher to do or get to.
This time last year, Queensland experienced some of the worst flooding in Australian history and Nambour recorded its wettest January on record with a total of 560mls falling from the sky and right now there are many people nervously hoping and praying that 2012 is not going to replicate last year… surely not?
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is hopeful that this will not be the case, but they are still warning everyone to prepared and cautious.
As I sit here, I am remembering what it was like when I was younger and if it rained as much as it seems to now. I remember floods in the January/February months; 1992 when I was in year 9 and in 1999 during my very first week of work experience at the Sunshine Coast Daily, I was privy to a newsroom relishing an endless supply of hard, breaking news, courtesy of flood waters wreaking havoc.
I’m probably wrong, but it really does seem to rain more now or rather the monsoon seems to be lower, regardless though, I am making a very big mental note to leave Queensland next year on about the 4th of January and hopefully avoid the torrential rain!