NEWS AND NOTES A DIFFERENT KIND OF knowledge of weather and climate in Sydney the past two "European WEATHER DOW N UNDER have been passed down over the summers." She warns that the large Indigenous Australians have long years, the current generation is the number of buds this year is a sign had their own seasonal calendars first to start recording them. Ac- of more fires to come. based on the local sequence of cording to Frances Bodkin, a de- The Bureau of Meteorology has natura l events. The calendars, scendent of Sydney's D'harawal launched an "Indigenous Weather" which can include up to seven dis- Aborigines, indigenous weather We b site (www.bom.gov.au.iwk) tinct seasons linked to changes in patterns determined by plants, ani- that maps Aboriginal weather the environment, recognize the mals, and the stars have been as knowledge. The site provides an complexity of the weather across accurate as current meteorological opportunity for the Aboriginal the continent. The Australian Bu- forecasts. Bodkin, a botanist at communities to share their culture reau of Meteorology now hopes to Sydney's Mount Annan Botanical and calendars. The bureau plans to utilize this different source of Gardens , says that the heavy keep
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jul 1, 2003
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