Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

City Weather Watchers Eye Krakatoa as Dams Empty

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

City Weather Watchers Eye Krakatoa as Dams Empty

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I'M guilty of being, at times, a half-empty sort of girl.

Especially when I'm watching cricket. Even when Australia is performing at its best a little worm of doubt eats away at the back of my mind. Another Aussie batting collapse is imminent, it whispers. The English/South African/Indian batsman who just strode to the crease is about to turn on a Botham-like innings.

By and large I accept optimism is a good thing. Economic commentators tell us we should all have a bit more of it when it comes to the financial crisis.

Doom and gloom creates more doom and gloom, they warn. We stop spending because we're worried about losing our jobs and our lack of spending then costs jobs.

But economics is one thing. Water in the dams is another kettle of fish, or pool with no fish, in this case.

Right now, I'm not as optimistic, for example, as the State Government when it comes to dams. Like the proverbial beer glass, half full to me, also means half empty.

Even half empty or 40 per cent empty would be a plus for Toowoomba where we've watched our dams fall below 10% at the same time as we've watched every approaching cloud band with the sort of optimism economists would be proud of.

Weather watching is almost an obsession here. We're weather freaks. We hang on every word about lows and depressions. The thought of a deep low moving our way makes us higher than a soprano's top C.

But the problem for we weather freaks is those pesky deep lows seem to settle everywhere but here - which leads to a condition called "rain envy".

I'm dog-gone jealous of anywhere where it rains heavily again and again. Scenes of more floods on the Sunshine Coast just make me want to scream "send it here" and get on the road with a tanker to bring it all back.

And while I'm busy being envious and watching the skies, a sequence of words keeps rattling through my head like a hypnotic line from a song. …

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