Monday, October 11, 2010


We’ve had a recockulous amount of rain in Brisbane over the past few weeks. Sunday night really took the biscuit, though. Monday morning arrived and the roads were utter chaos. My younger son’s school was even closed because of the creek near it going into flood. It amazes me that in a city of more than 1 million people, the entire commuter run can be brought to a grinding halt by something as natural as water. Then again, it was more like a plague of water…

Now, in Australia we do have some extreme weather. We usually get a tropical cyclone or two every year, but mostly in sparsely inhabited areas. We have great thunderstorms, especially during summer. Dust storms are fairly common in the outback, and some areas even get snow.

The chaos that a torrential downpour can cause made me think about the other areas of the world. All the other Coffee-Fueled lasses are from parts foreign to me. The desert of Las Vegas, the streets of Paris, the rolling hills of Minnesota. Each has its own weather trials.

What do you guys out there find the hardest to deal with? Is it when the wind stays strong for days and your kids go loopy? Is it the constricted feeling you get when it rains for a solid week? Is it the obstructionist nature of heavy snow? Or something else?

And as a side question…how would you use weather in a story? For example, in the movie “Insomnia”, I thought the use of Alaska as a setting was brilliant. The absence of night, plus the inclusion of fog at certain points really gave the script an edge. How would you use weather to further a story?


Rozlyn Sparks said...

WOW you guys did get some rain, didn't you? Send some our way, will ya?

Oddly enough, here in Vegas, as much as I may complain about the heat, I can take it pretty well. It's the lack of rain that really gets to me.

Seriously, you should see how giddy I get when there is even just the threat of rain.

Technically we are in monsoon season right now. Don't get excited, we don't actually get monsoons, but it means this is the season we are supposed to get more rain. 2 weeks ago the weather people forecasted a whole weeks worth of rain. I was doing the dance of joy.

We only got about 15 minutes of it, and I happened to get caught in that flash flood (the ground is so dry here it can't soak up the rain so it floods quickly). It was a scary 15 minutes of rain, but damn it, I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Everyday I pray for some rain. I should move out of the darn desert but it's not as easy as it sounds.

Willsin Rowe said...

We get some good heat here in Australia too, some of it rivalling the temps you've been showing us. Thing is, over here it's almost exclusively in sparsely populated or completely unpopulated areas. But at least your laundry dries quickly!

Sommer Marsden said...

my only fear in foul weather is losing power. wind, rain, snow, monsoon, lightning, rocks falling from the sky. just please god let us keep the power. then everyone is soothed. if we have to play little house on the prairie, heads are gonna roll.

we do love being around eachother and laughing and carrying on, but the ability to break and one is on Xbox Live and one is on laptop and one is doing his music and this one is editing is what keeps the peace and love and birds and flutes playing around here.

Just. Keep. The. Power. (o_O) That's all I ask.

p.s. the only thing i fear in fowl weather is ducks. ;) heh.

Willsin Rowe said...

Ohhhhhh...must stab eyes out...bad joke! Bad joke! Get off the screen!

PS: Ducks are always scary.