In September 2003, Ellen and I visited Australia and one of the more memorable areas we visited was Alice Springs. We arrived by air the day after a rain storm, the first one in 14 years according the driver that drove us from the Airport. As we walked about the town in the heat, you could almost see the evaporation taking place as the huge puddles vanished into the clear sky.
When ever we read stories about Alice Springs we recall our visit to the transportation museum, the historic telegraph station, the spring that is not really a spring but a rocky ledge in an under ground river, the flying doctors and the school of the air, to name a few. Life is hard in Alice Springs and a recent extended cold spell is not improve things.
Ice Age Now has some details:
“Burst water pipes all over town are keeping local plumbers busy as a new cold weather record is set in Alice Springs (Australia),” says this article by Emma Sleath.
By Saturday (when we hit a chilly -5.2 degrees), Alice Springs had endured five nights in a row of minimum temperatures below -4, a new record in the region.
Warren Thompson, who owns a plumbing company in town, says he’s been run off his feet.
“I was getting calls from about 8am [on Saturday morning] with people ringing up saying that they had no water coming out of their taps…then by about 9.30am everything started to thaw out and then all of the burst pipes appeared,” says Warren. “We just weren’t able to cope with the amount of calls that I was getting.”
More on the event from Ice Age Now HERE. Thanks to Ray Baney who writes from Australia:
“I’ve been living here off and on since 1978, and we appear to be going full circle back to the colder times of the 1970’s.”
“Overnight temps have been dipping below freezing almost every night for weeks …. We haven’t done that in many years.”
The Southern Hemisphere is having a rough winter. It is weather now, but if the trend keeps up, it could be come climate change.