My friend Malcolm, who lives in Sydney, has some fascinating observations today on how hard it is to see drought as it is happening, something he (interestingly) noticed after returning to Sydney following a visit to a wetter place:
When you live in an area that changes by degrees month to month and year to year, you don’t automatically realise how large the accumulated change is. Particularly when it’s “home” and one’s reference point for “normal”. Looking around in the few days since I’ve been back, the signs of low rainfall are everywhere. Things don’t look any different than they did before, but having been exposed to the alternative for a while, it’s interesting to look with fresh eyes and notice the accumulated effect.