Currently in Melbourne — September 2nd, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — September 2nd, 2022
The pied currawong sings in the arrival of the new season.

The weather, currently.

I may have spoken too soon yesterday when I announced that “spring has sprung.” Not just because the overnight low of 8°C and top of 14°C are still on the chilly side, but because according to astrophysicists, spring officially begins at the spring equinox which, this year, falls on September 23rd. Equinox occurs when the sun switches sides from one hemisphere of the earth to the other and, perhaps unsurprisingly, occurs on the same day as the fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. What’s more, the traditional owners of the lands of the Kulin Nation, where this weather briefing is being written, say that we are currently leaving Guling (orchid) season and entering Poorneet (tadpole) season. Poorneet is characterised by rising temperatures, continuing rains, calls of the pied currawongs, and the flowering of yam daisies.* So, as you move towards the weekend, which will continue much in the same mostly-cloudy-maybe-showery vein as today, think about what gives you that spring feeling. Is it a calendar date, an astrological measurement, signals from the natural world… or a sudden and uncontrollable urge to clean the house?

*This information comes courtesy of the Pay The Rent Grassroots Collective.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

Currently fellow, Anna Abraham, has a new story up today on the record breaking heatwave sweeping across China:

"Almost half of China has been affected by its strongest heatwave since 1961, when complete meteorological observation records began, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

Afflicting northwest, central, and southeast China, the heatwave began on June 13 and broke the 2013 heatwave record of 62 days on August 15. The National Meteorological Center (NMC) of China has issued 30 high-temperature red warnings since the start of the heatwave, with 12 consecutive days of red warnings. China employs a four-tier warning system with red warnings representing the most severe event.

Over 200 national weather observatories have registered extremely high temperatures, with 45 degrees C (115 degrees F) recorded in southwest China’s Chongqing city last week."

Click here to read the full story!