Changing Seasons

The other day, I made reference to a calendar for seasons in Australia. I wasn’t entirely happy with it because the only one listed for Victoria had its position in Gippsland. I wanted to find a Melbourne/other one and I have now, sort of.

See this link: Gott, B. (?date published?). Seasonal Calendars for the Melbourne AreaSeasonal Calendars for the Melbourne Area.

Interesting stuff and it makes sense, even if it’s a bit outdated (parent website’s “Modern Victoria” section still lists Melbourne’s population as 3.2 million… it’s 4.5 million plus now).

Anyway, Victoria has six or seven seasons. A graphic explaining these is below (with its text underneath), all taken from the website, which has a lot more detailed information. It’s talking about information collected a while ago, so things may have changed since. These seasons aren’t set in stone or always going to be as below. Last year, “True Spring” was not very warm, for example. But it’s still a reasonable “Australian Seasons” calendar.

Seasons for Melbourne

High Summer: November to January. Warm to hot; native grasslands grow tall and set seed. Birds feed their young.

Late Summer: February to mid-March. Hot, humid, thunderstorms. Grasslands dry out; high fire danger.

Early Winter: mid-March to May. Cool, still and misty. Birds flock and migrate north. Fungi growing.

Deep Winter: June to mid-July. Cold, wet; rough seas. Visits from Antarctic birds.

Pre-Spring: mid-July to August. Warming. First flowers. Birds begin nesting.

True Spring: September to October. Warm, wet, windy. Abundant flowers and insects.

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