Was wondering if there may be any correlation with northern hemisphere temps - currently in a heat wave - London 35C!!!!, plus that of Nth America. As they seem to be passing to this heat phase, is the precipitation situation there easing as they have had some flooding recently? If it is and drier heat is coming in, is there any effect on us in the south? I have heard people mention northern flooding leaves us poorly snowed upon, but I am wondering if there is a trend here and if the heat is replacing the wet up north, then are we in for an Aghast August and see some of those steep snow depth chart peaks? Also, is there any monsoon effects applying to the weather correlation created for us with the Himmalayers? Anyone see the drought in the Amazon on ABC last night? I note there is little to no elnino affect for the west of Sth America as it seems regularly dry, and that Johannesburg minimum temps are higher than one month ago - now getting into positives whereas regular -2 was the go. Plus, the vortex circulating Antarctica was apparently drawing closer to the pole when I last read about it some 18mths ago - is there any update info on this, as when I read the article I saw, there was speculation about this vortex actually drawing the low pressure systems further south.