First day of Spring? My arse!

Temperature dropped from a cold and windy 10.8°c to 3.3°c in about 30 minutes. Kept going until it reached -6.3°c.

In Australia the seasons are set from the first of the month. So Summer starts on 1 December, Autumn on 1 March, Winter on 1 June and Spring from 1 September. Of course, weather and seasons can play tricks and it has snowed in Canberra in December.

However, you are on a hiding to nothing when you tilt the game against yourself.

Being at such high altitude and a fair way South, Canberra experiences four seasons in a significant way. Winters are cold and dry, Summers are hot and dry (with cool nights providing relief), Spring is cool and wet and Autumn can’t make up its mind. But suggesting that Winter has somehow ended and Spring is now solely responsible for the weather is a bit like blaming, I don’t know, a politician for a decision that was made before they came to office. And we wouldn’t do that!.

So I’ll wait until 22 September (is that right?) to declare Winter handing over to Spring. I think that fair on both seasons.

So how did I celebrate the first day of Spring? I plugged in my engine block heater.

BTW if one does bother to walk outside, you’ll find a glorious sunny day with frost-covered everything and a stillness and beauty that only sub-zero nights followed by sunny days can bring.

UPDATE: The official BoM minimum temperature was -6.8°c becoming the coldest September day since -6.4°c in 1982.

Getting colder

ANZAC Day 25 April is significant for many reasons.  It commemorates the landing of the Australian Imperial Forces at Gallipoli in 1915.  After its importance waned during the 1960’s and 70’s, it has recently become a more important and observed holiday than even Australia Day.

No less significantly, it marks a tipping point in Canberra’s climate.  The cold weather starts and there won’t be any warm nights and days until September at the earliest.

The tipping point is marked by frost-bitten tomato plants, an extra doona (quilt, duvet) and warmer pants.  Yes, the expedition-strength boxer shorts have been worn once already.

With the high rainfall so far this year, the trees got a bit out of sync.  But they are finally displaying intense red, orange and even purple leaves, contrasting with the evergreen gums and pines.

And you can tell whose garage is full of stuff by the frosted windscreens on the cars left out at night.  I rearranged a few things to fit the Prius in beside the Citroën to avoid any delay should I need to drive in the morning.

Canberra is at its most beautiful in Autumn.