Sand 33 · Spring

As we move uncertainly into Autumn…

I Forgot to Mention

While I was creating the graphs for yesterday’s post on non-existent Second Waves of Covid a song played on my Internet Radio (tuned to Misterium). Usually, music while I work doesn’t startle, but on this occasion some of the lyrics “got through”. I suppose because they were on message.

And everyone has a heart and it’s calling for something,
We’re all so sick and tired of seeing things as they are

The fields are just fields, and there ain’t no Lord
And everyone is hidden, and everyone is cruel
And there’s no shortage of tyrants, and no shortage of fools

Bright Horses Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Feeling Peaky

I don’t listen to the regime’s daily virus briefings but I gather Boris Johnson declared today that the UK is past the peak (of daily deaths) and on a downward slope (of new Covid cases). The lower orders must, however, continue to incarcerate themselves to protect the Health Service and save lives. An early release could occasion a second wave of infection. Only one more wave?

Landscapes 114 & 115 · Church Ravine

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Looking south to Queen Street.

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Looking north to the Country Park.

Northern Spring, Southern Autumn

Two of my five northern hemisphere weather stations (Mumbai and Washington DC) showed a warming trend this Spring but only one southern station (Sydney) cooled as Autumn progressed.

The northern spring began with a burst of warmth, whilst the southern autumn experienced a cold start. Roles reversed in May with the north decidedly chilly and the south unseasonably warm. The effect on the meteorological year’s second quarter Chart is clear to see.

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At the end of the second quarter, the Ten Stations averaged 1.24℃ above Pre-Industrial. As my interpretation of Pre-Industrial is 0.85℃ above the Ten Year average for the stations (2008/9 to 2017/18), Spring/Autumn this year was 0.39℃ warmer than the previous decade average. Note, the north broke through the Paris Accord limit on seven days and the south will reach 1.5℃ soon unless there’s a change in the weather.

With the 10 Stations combined showing a warming trend, it seems fair to suggest the Grand Solar Minimum hasn’t kicked in yet.

In India, daily maximum temperatures have risen above 50℃ in places recently. Arctic sea ice is melting early but heavy May snowfalls in the north have mocked “global warmists”. So much rain has fallen in the United States that millions of acres will not be planted at all this year. Expect news of food shortages and food price rises.

The koala bear is now “functionally extinct”. The critters have been around for 200 million years. Wise apes have taken just a few hundred years to ensure their demise, sometime soon.

What Desmond Morris used to call “Manwatching” (now, I suppose, “Person watching”) continues to be an entertaining pastime. Lucy Brown is an accomplished observer and recorder of persons. Her vision of the recent Trump Protest in London indicates that humans may swiftly follow koalas into oblivion.