“Fool me once….shame on…shame on you. A fooled man can’t be fooled again” That was George Bush destroying a famous saying, which should’ve read; “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”. The reason I bring this up is because here we are again in an Indian Summer – at least for much of the population above Wellington – and people often think an Indian Summer means winter will be mild, or not turn up at all. But it’s happened in the past and will happen this year – that cold air is building very quickly over Antarctica and it’s just a matter of weeks before it explodes up the country bringing gales, heavy rain, and maybe even snow.
The South Island has had a small taste of winter these past few days, as has Wellington. In fact the wind chill meant that it was only 7 degrees last night in the Capital. Overnight it was the northern part of the the country’s turn to feel overnight lows dipping into the single digits, but again today clear skies will see the mercury reach 20.
It’s easy to get fooled into thinking that a long summer will mean we’ll have no winter. However the Northern Hemisphere recently had an incredibly dry and hot summer followed this year by one of the snowiest winters on record for places like the UK, China, Canada and parts of the USA. Anything can happen…mother nature likes to surprise us all.
So make sure you have all that dry firewood ready to go, all your Autumn gardening done… because winter is creeping on us – and Jack Frost is already tip toeing around the South.