Monday, September 19, 2011

“If you don’t like it” or Melbourne Weather

They say about Melbourne weather: “If you don’t like it, just wait it will change” or “Melbourne the city where you have five seasons in a day.”

Well Melbourne is living up to its reputation just lately.

This city is located on the south coast of Australia’s mainland and two major factors drive our weather here. The Southern Ocean and Australia’s hot dry inland.

Winds here tend to come roughly from the west. If they come from the South-West they come off the Southern Ocean so things are cool to cold. If the wind veers to come from the North-West the wind comes off the desert centre of Oz then things get warm to oven- like.

Just over a week ago, to be absolutely precise 10 September (we do the dates the right way around down here) I took these photos. That is right folks that is snow taken at the Upper Yarra Valley a week ago Saturday.

Spring And that road was closed because of snowfalls further up.

When I took those photos it was 12:00 in the day and the temperature was hovering around 0° C (30°F).

But yesterday we went back to the mountains these next few piccies were taken high up across the valley from my snow shots. No snow this week!

This weekend just past we had glorious spring weather, with the temperature climbing to a pleasantly warm 29°C (84°F). I say pleasantly warm because that is how I see it, basically almost warm enough to head to the beach. Remember summer temperatures here are often between 35°C (95°F) and 45°C (113°F) so 29 is “warm”

This cute little waterfall is called the La La Falls.As you can see it was just too bright to take really nice waterfall shots.

Bright enough to capture shadows of a certain Aussie, call this one a “self portrait”.

Just finally,
I had to share this boulder in the stream and this absolutely cute bridge in the trail on the climb up to the falls. The clever national parks rangers have built this little beauty out of dry-stone. There isn’t so much as a drop of mortar in this construction.

A quick poll. For my next post would you prefer:

A: More waterfalls
B: Some majestic trees
C: Sunlight through clouds?


Old Kitty said...

All three?!!?

La la falls?!? Really?!?! Why is it called la la falls?!!? It's very pretty!

Amazing weather! I'd be most put out only cos I would never know what to wear! LOL! Take care

Al said...

Hi Jennifer,
Greedy! You have to pick one at a time! :-)
They really are called the La-La falls. The only explanation I have heard is that it meant "welcome".
That is the worst thing about the weather. Melbournites tend to leave home in layers and add or remove as necessary. It is a pain carting it all around.

Al said...

Oh and Queenslanders like me keep forgetting our coats and freezing on an afternoon that looked promising when leaving home!

Linda G. said...

D. All of the above. *grin*

Anne Gallagher said...

We've just had a cold snap, meaning it's 60 down from 90. My daughter opens the kitchen door every morning and says with great conviction "it smells like snow."

It's only mid-September here and we don't usually get snow until Jan. Our fall temps generally range in the "warm" category, mid-80's through Nov.

I think I agree with Linda - D: all of the above. Although I am partial to sun in clouds.

Carolyn V said...

Wow, really? That's just a few days difference? That's wild.

I'd also like to see all of the above. You have great pictures!

L'Aussie said...

Sunlight through clouds.

That's showin' 'em Al. Malborne surely is a feisty dame, but so gorgeous.


mshatch said...

surprise us :)

Kathleen Jones said...

My vote would be trees - you have such amazing trees in Oz!!
But I'm happy with anything - the quality of your pics is fantastic.

Wendy R said...

Brilliant photos as always. I particularly like the 'self portrait. Wd make a good bookcover for a thriller perhaps.