While we have been so thankful for all the wonderful rain we have been having here in Hoedspruit, others further south have really been having a hard time with flooding.
Our summers here are usually extremely hot and we don’t get much rain. This summer we have had wonderfully warm temperatures and not the sweltering hot days that we are used to, and rain almost every day.
Our river (Blyde) is running strongly right now.
Whether these strange weather patterns are due to the regular cycle of nature or on global warming is under debate right now. What we do know is that globally, the weather seems very different this season with snow in summer and flooding in Austrailia, to people being snowed in for days in the US and Europe in regions that normally don’t have that much snow – things do seem to be very different. So while we revel in the wonderful weather here, its important to keep in mind that there are many people around the world in desperate circumstances due to extreme weather.
(photos of floods taken from an email that is circulating – not sure who to credit)
- Snow followed by flooding predicted (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Weather service adjusts forecast for snow this week (heraldnet.com)
- Winter Disruptions Turn Travel Bitter and Chaotic (abcnews.go.com)