Weird weather patterns
People have been talking about clear skies and stuff, but I've been noticing other strange things as well which do not sync with this time of the year.
At my place, May is the very peak of the merciless Indian summer when temperatures soar to 42°C or more, interspersed by violent tropical thunderstorms on some evenings. The latter have been growing increasingly rare in the last two decades but not this year. It's been overcast for last ten days with rather frequent thunderstorms. It's very humid but not quite as hot as it usually is.
Now I have a lily pond in my garden which fairly brims with tadpoles in the monsoon months - the wet season here from mid June to September with heavy rains. At that time the nocturnal chorus of mating calls of frogs is easily the most audible thing. The frogs in turn attract snakes, mostly non venomous.
In 2019 winter I had therefore put in some small catfish to clean up the tadpoles this year but apparently that doesn't deter their parents. Last three nights have been alive with frog chorus and I've been seeing snakes as well as their new hatchlings. This would have been quite normal in July or August but certainly not in May. It all starts with the rains and I guess the thunderstorms have to do with the much reduced pollution levels.
Peak monsoons are also the times when herds of wild elephants sometimes descend from their sanctuary parks in the local Dalma ranges into the fringes of the city at night. That hasn't happened yet, but I won't be surprised if foxes start showing up at night as they used to a decade ago. Today I also saw yet another untimely monsoon sight: swarms of winged ants flying around the lights and dying off by thousands.
Have you too noticed such unusual things?