Christmas Day in Australia is within three days of the longest day of the year therefore we have long daylight hours with warm temperatures instead of short days with long cold nights. Of an evening the sound of children playing outdoors drifts across the suburbs.
If you would like to see the latest weather forecast here is a link to the
Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology.
While my granddaughter and I were discussing the Australian Christmas summer weather we suddenly decided that although we did not have frost and snow we did have an interest in ice. It is needed to keep our oysters, prawns (shrimps) and drinks cold.
You can have any type of weather for your Christmas in Australia except a white Christmas. However Christmas 2000 saw a light covering of snow on some of the mountain peaks in the island state of Tasmania. So to have a white Christmas you must climb a mountain and then only about every ten years will you actually have a white Christmas.
Please note that here is no truth in the rumour that Australia changed Jesus' birthday to June so we could celebrate Christmas in winter.
Cyclone Tracy arrived in Darwin. The cyclone destroyed the town of 40,000 people. Most did not wake up on Christmas morning as they had been awake all night while their home blew away in the strong winds. Cyclones are a product of the summer season.
Mother nature was up to her tricks again, with temperatures in the low 30's Celsius and strong winds, the state of New South Wales experienced about 70 major bush fires on Christmas Day 2001. About 5,000 fire fighters and other emergency personnel were on duty on Christmas Day with up to 20,000 people being engaged in fire fighting and support services at the height of the blaze which raged for 22 days before rain and calm conditions allowed it to be brought under control.
Bush fires have been burning in New South Wales and Queensland for the last two weeks. Today has been declared a day of High Fire Danger for South Australia and Western Australia as well as the NSW and Queensland. Red dust storms have been covering various area of the inland. The monsoon season in the tropical north is late starting this year. It looks as though it will be a long hot summer.
Today Spring 2019 was officially anounced as the driest of the Bureau of Meteorology's 120 years of rainfall records.
The year-to-date rainfall is now Australia's second lowest on record
All capital city water storages are down on this time last year, apart from Melbourne
The BOM's outlook for summer suggests there is little chance of relief in the coming months
As I write this paragraph, in October 2020, who can see what Christmas this year will be. Weather wise it will probably be hot but with the COVID-19 virus still with us many of the acivities of previous year may not be able to happen.
Here is a snowman built from beach sand. The 'sand-man' is wearing a broad brimmed hat for protection from the sun. The red and white scarf and the carrot nose indicate the link to the traditional snowman. More details
The lush spring growth of our lawns has slowed so we don't need to mow them as frequently where as the northern hemisphere is shovelling more and more snow.
Plants grown in Australia flower at various time throughout the year. Thus at Christmas we have many flowers in our gardens and the bush in contrast to the bare trees and gardens of the northern hemisphere.