Golden days of summer
Do you remember summer 1997/1998? It was my first year living in Wellington. Our entertainment was watching the floor-to-ceiling windows in our lounge flex during big gales and wondering if the next one would twist them into a million pieces.
But Wellington on a blue sky summer’s day is a truly beautiful place. ce. If it didn’t have earthquakes, it would be close to perfect perfect, even with its crazy gales gales.
Christmas that year was spent at my parent’s farm south of Auckland. I remember it was very hot but it’s particularly special because I nabbed three tiny kittens born to a resident wild cat: Jack, George and Darcy would travel back with me to Wellington and become ‘the boys’. Jack is still patrolling the house as I type, making sure the dogs know he is king. George was buried under a plum tree in the orchard last year. A few weeks ago, Darcy was buried alongside him.
That summer was very, very hot. And very, very dry. The El Nino climate pattern that caused it basically brings too much rain to the western side of the country, and dries out the east to desert-like dust. The drought it created cost the country $618 million or around one percent of GDP. It was devastating.
The climate experts at NIWA are now telling us, firmly, that summer 2015/16 is going to be under the influence of an even stronger El Nino, and if so, there will be drought.
The key to surviving a drought is to make decisions, as early as possible. The earlier you make decisions, the less of a loss you’ll suffer. The earlier you decide to buy in supplements, the cheaper you’ll get them.
Plan. Budget. Be conservative. Be prepared to wait 3-5 days for a water tanker. But plan. Make decisions. Do it now.