It was pretty warm when I did my jog at 7am this morning and I found myself looking forward to the cool change we are scheduled for tonight. I started to think about people talking about the weather, and I noticed that how we talk about the weather reflects how we think about other aspects of life and business – and that is what I sat down to write about.
However, when I logged on I saw the news headlines and suddenly my thinking about ‘achievement theories’ lost its significance.
I read that 14 people are now confirmed dead in fires in Victoria and a total of 40 are missing in fires fueled by 100kph (62mph) hot, dry winds – similar to the ones we had here in Canberra in 2003 when over 500 homes were lost – but thankfully only four lives.
I fought fires at Sofala, with the Wattle Flat Brigade and in the Blue Mountains in the 70s and 80s, so I can feel exactly what they are all going through.
We have been experiencing a heat wave these last few weeks with record temperatures across the south east of the country. Yesterday we had temperatures in the mid 40s (+110F) over most of the region from Melbourne to Sydney, with Melbourne, a city with a reputation for being cold, getting a record top of 46.4C (115.5F)
— (at this point I stopped writing as we all had a family chat) —
I’ll write up my theory about talking about the weather another time.
My best wishes are with those fighting fires today.