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Download Free Lesson Plan. Download Free Running Record. March is definitely Autumn in Brisbane as the humidity is gone then. However, we really only have one two months of winter - but one of them is August with its cold westerly winds , which this author would put into a new proposal. It also wouldn't really work for parts of South Australia I've lived in. I think the issue is that the author is using flowering of plants as a key indicator, rather than climate. Plants vary for location to location, and flowering is sometimes mediated by day length and sometimes by temperature, so it would be difficult to find something concistent that way.
Using local temperature, wind, humidity etc would be a more logical way of defining seasons on a local basis, andthere would never be one set that would work for the whole country.
He fails to understand the concept of 'seasonal lag'. Every one of the four seasons will be followed by a 'transitional' month where there will be a mix of weather. From up here in the Top End, a movement from four to five seasons is moving from the irrelevant to the bizarre. We've only got two seasons Dry and Wet , or perhaps three if you throw in Buildup. Maybe, as irrelevant as the current seasons may be to Australia, we should leave them as is - unless you would like to define different seasons for different states?
Yes, you are right. Tim Entwisle has written this piece and presumably his book from a narrow, myopic even, geographic perspective - the two major cities of the east and south that he has himself lived in. I currently live in Brisbane, and once again have just witnessed the transition from winter to spring that happens in the final few days of August to the first week of September - the temperature finally rises, the clouds are more puffed up, plants that had been looking progressively more slept-in and dormant through July and August start perking up, the dry cold westerly winds simmer down.
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It is unquestionably the transition from winter to spring. Australia is so climatically diverse, including the maritime, westerly-dominated cool-temperate climate of Tasmania, the Mediterranean climate of southern Western Australia, the incomprehensibly random weather of Melbourne, the wet-dry of the north and the aridity of the Simpson Desert, no system of seasons can possibly fit the whole continent so why bother. I like reading abc. It is pm Sunday here and it is am Monday where you are and I am getting ready for Fall and you are looking forward to Spring.
Keep up the good work. We have those two seasons too - and sometimes all four of the standard issue in one day. Oh what a waste of time. Does it really matter what it's called.
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Some moths are colder, some are warmer, some are wet, some are dry and it all depends on where you live. Big deal when they occur.
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Why waste time concerning the name of such things. I have always found that rebirth at Easter is usually perfectly timed for the period when we are able to be comfortable outside again, and the first plants begin to recover from the dead dry months of summer in Perth. I think this article makes a good case for the five season approach. It also seems to be more consistent with my observations in southern Australia. However, I don't really like the words 'Sprinter' and 'Sprummer', and I'm not sure if they would catch on.
Maybe 'Early Spring' and 'Late Spring' would work better. Nice idea. This would suit Tasmania perfectly - my children and I came up with concept almost identical to this walking home from school last week. I don't like "sprinter" and "sprummer" as names,though; they sound very ugly.
In the top end, some places have 6 seasons.
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It could be a good idea. I don't really mind what we call the seasons, as long as our retail sector realises we don't need a winter fashion collection in Darwin. Australia's a big place, with not only variation in climate between the tropics and a lot of variation between the states and territories. For example, Canberra most definitely has 4 seasons - mid May to mid August is definitely winter, and we have a short spring and a four month summer, and a golden almost European autumn.
So let's divorce the civil seasons from what we see out of our windows and agree to talk about Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 when we're talking about a defined period of time, and spring, summer, autumn and winter when we're talking about what we see out of the window I agree with the Sydney-centric comment below. Here in Perth the climate is very different to the capitals on the east of the continent. Perth has a Mediterranian climate with hot dry Summers and most of its rain in Winter.
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So a cool, wet Winter, hot dry Summer with transitional seasons in between probably makes sense. Mind you, I've never lived there and someone who does would know better. In the South West of WA - there are some widely acknowledged Noongar Seasons which correspond well with what is suggested in this article. Does anyone really run their lives according to these arbitrary periods? We have short and long term weather forecasts, as well as readily available climate average data. If the weather actually matters to you, use those.
The only people that an extra season would benefit are clothing sellers, who'd use it as a pretext for flogging yet more things that'll get worn a few times and then never used again because they're for the "wrong" season, or "out of fashion". Spring has never started on September 1. It starts after the equinox, circa Sept.
The same applies to autumn, in the middle of March. We don't need to fiddle with extra seasons.
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We just need to know our physics. It's still winter late winter for a while. Using this definition, Autumn and Winter would have exactly the same amount of daylight hours and solar radiation cloud excluded , as would Spring and Summer. I don't like that. The further you get from the sea, and also the further you get from the equator, the greater the lag from daylength to temperature.
Up north and inland January is the hottest month followed by December, whereas in Tassie February is the hottest month with December coming in fourth behind January and March. The proposition that our current seasons reflect a European model, not an Australian one, certainly resonates with me. Suddenly the whole notion of certain plants marking the change of season made sense, in a way it never did at home in Australia. Spring and Autumn are names only in much of northern Australia. I think we should stick with the four seasons for southern Australia but dispense with Winter for northern Australia and limit Spring August and Autumn March to one month each, effectively giving three seasons.
The four seasons have never applied in the temperate maritime environments where most of our population lives. Nor do they apply in tropical areas. Inland areas vary dramatically - the current 4 seasons are pretty close in Orange in central west NSW whereas the proposed concept would make absolutely no sense. It is a bit like time zones midday doesn't occur in the middle of the day throughout each time zone - it is a convenient guide. Get over it and work on something more important! I think it makes alot of sense to follow what Nature does where one lives. Mark Tredinnick in his book "Australia's Wild Weather" mentions the 6 seasons of the D'harawal people their country is south of Sydney to the Shoalhaven and west to the Wollondilly Their seasons were distinguished by the appearance of certain animals,and seemed to adhere to certain weather patterns.
To become more sensitive to the 'particular' characteristics of a region can only be a positive thing- in making us closer to nature and celebrating diversity. I suggest two seasons for much of Australia that is away from the coast: "Winter" and "Hell".
I reckon on the South Coast of Victoria east of Melbourne the 15th of August signals the end of winter as this seems to be the day my chooks always start laying after resting over the winter. This also seems to coincide with the bloom of the daffodils.
The beginning of Summer would coincide with the period where the garlic is ready which is the middle to late November. There is an earlier claim to the concept and name "sprinter"! In Minnesota, a local NBC weather reporter is entirely to blame for the poor weather.