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Uluru II: coming to a place near you?

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16.11.2019

OPINION

Canberrans, if you've found recent wild gales and electric storms strangely titillating, and if you are keeping those ecstasies to yourself (lest people think you're a weirdo) then I am here to let you out of your closet.

One recent electric storm in particular seemed to do me a power of exhilarating good (rescuing me from a depression brought on by bogans defiling Uluru).

A massive Christmas night storm in 2016 sparked flash floods at Uluru. Picture: Parks Australia

To fully enjoy the midnight storm I posed on my upstairs balcony (subconsciously imitating sweet Juliet in Shakespeare's play) and rejoiced at the sounds of the musicks of the storm.

Thunder guffawed. Rain gurgled melodically down into my thirsty rainwater tanks. I was overcome with a strange bliss.

But as it happened I was in a position to explain my otherwise inexplicable bliss because a few days before I had read Sarah Scoles' The Strange Blissfulness of Storms in the online Nautilus magazine of science and ideas.

Scoles, marvelling at why her experience of a hurricane had given her such an uplifting buzz (it made her "awakened, alive, engaged") went looking for any explanations for such a wonderbuzz.

She found that there is a busy field of research, biometeorology, which investigates and attempts to explain the impacts of atmospheric processes on organisms and ecosystems.

"Biometeorologists study," Scoles chirrups, "among other topics ...........

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