April 2007

Guessing the Weather

Below are a few weather links that may be of some use to other astronomers. I've listed them in the way that I use them ahead of a decision on whether to travel north from Melbourne for a night of astrophotography. I have no formal qualifications in this area (although I am the son of a meteorologist). This may be most relevant for other's in the south-east but the links should be useful in most areas of Australia.

BoM = Australian Bureau of Meteorology
GFS = US Numerical Model
All times quoted are AEST (UT +10)

2-4 Days Ahead


Please Sir, I don't want any more.

To the great surprise of those who were sure climate change was our biggest problem, John Howard has said that our greatest moral challenge is, like those of proud generations before us, "to build a prosperous, secure and fair Australia".

If Howard's English is not your first language, here's a translation:

"Stuff the environment. Let the rich get richer and make damn sure everyone is busy being terrified by something else."

An 'Age' reader provided another useful intepretation:

"Let's borrow more and more so that we can consume more and more and have the economy grow more and more and to hell with the greenhouse gases. Sounds like a pretty good moral challenge to me."
John McCredie, Toorak (The Age, Wednesday 25th April 2007)