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It was a lot better back in my day…

Sometimes we can be forgiven for our memory playing a few tricks on us when we can seem to recall the long and sunny summers of decades ago and the harsh and mind-numbing winters of yesteryear.

Figures suggest that we are experiencing a little more sunshine nowadays and slightly milder temperatures overall too, putting to rest many thoughts that a generation or two ago, the weather was a lot better.The winters may not be as severe (although the winter of ’08 could be a case in point).

Just to add though, the weather perhaps was a little more settled overall and the drastic changes we often see today didn’t occur so frequently in the good ol’ days. The seasons were pretty much true to form but now it appears that the seasons are somewhat later.

Perception is what it can be about but the figures don’t lie, so perhaps it comes down to human experience.

Some of us like to believe that in the days when times were a little simpler perhaps, that the golden weather was endless and that family fun in the sun was always an enriching occasion.

I’m not wanting to put a dampener on those who believe it was considerably different (as there are always exceptions), but the one thing that hasn’t changed for many years and for many years to come perhaps, is the lack of control on what nature provides…surely that has to be a good thing!

Weather Analyst- Richard Green


HorsieLisa on 22/11/2008 8:49am

……WAY back when I would put my horse’s winter cover (the only one he had) on at Easter and take it off at Labour weekend – now my main riding horse has 9 different covers for every possible weather scenario *sigh*

weather-nut on 22/11/2008 9:07pm

Lucky horse, although Easter seems a strange time to select the wearing of its winter cover, as Easter Sunday can fall anytime between a still relatively warm March 20th and a generally cooler April 25th (a difference of up to 5 weeks).

The winter of 2006 was however exceptionally cold, which included the coldest June recorded nationally since 1972 (according to MetService), thanks to the extreme snowfall outbreak that blanketed most of the South Island.

weather-nut on 21/11/2008 11:52pm

Well put Richard – reminds me of an ancient Chinese proverb:
“The best memory is not so firm as faded ink.”

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