Saw this cartoon earlier today and got a chuckle out of it. As messed up as my life's been lately at least I'm not using chocolate to change the channels yet. Wonder if that old duffer is watching T. Swails...not!

Well, what do you say we talk some weather? I'm all about that after the distractions of the past few days. The first thing I'm going to lay on you is the SOI (southern oscillation index). Thursday's reading was a robust -35, derived by measuring changes in surface pressure between Darwin, Australia and Tahiti in the tropical Pacific.

This downward turn is part of a long term trend that has taken the value from 0 August 24 to -35 today. There is no doubt in my mind that this plunge is responsible for the late surge of summery weather we've been seeing and are likely to continue experiencing into early October.