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A Blizzard or a Heat Wave? You Decide.

Kathleen

I bet right about now we are all ready for Spring Break. We miss the sun and the warm weather that comes with it. Most of us will have to tough it out but some have another option of going south for the winter. If you read my blogs, you know I have been to Australia. What a happy coincidence…Australia is south of the Equator. Let us all go to Australia for the winter! It will be beautiful. The weather is perfect. Well, maybe not always.

My Aussie friends have seen stories on the news about the unbearably cold weather we have been experiencing here in the US. I have told them about what weather experts call the “polar vortex” or these extreme wind chills we have been experiencing. We have been comparing the contrasting weather and find it fascinating that there is such a vast difference. My Aussie friend that lives in Melbourne, Victoria, which is in Southern Australia said it was 40 degrees Celsius which is approximately 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Melbourne is closer to Antarctica than the Equator, but this time of year it typically is not that hot. After hearing that, I looked up how hot it was in the Outback. It was 109 degrees Fahrenheit.

What just amazes me is how much a difference in temperature there is currently between the two hemispheres. It is amazing to me how our Earth works. I read recently that one reason for these abnormal temperatures is the El Nino weather pattern, which is when the southern Pacific Ocean warms irregularly. The Pacific Ocean covers much of the Earth’s surface. This can alter the weather around the world. Maybe this explains the high temperatures in Melbourne. Experts are saying that this year may be an El Nino year and hotter than previously recorded. So my question is: which would you choose—the blizzard or the heat wave? If you like the cold, snow and the wind chill, enjoy it while you can. If you like the heat, sun and the humidity, it might be coming sooner than you think.

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