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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:12 pm Reply with quote
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While you are out shoveling the snow of the driveway spare a thought for us.

Top temp in Melbourne today will be 43C while my mate up near the boarder will be facing 46.

Fortunately it will be short lived for Melbourne with rain and 21 tomorrow.

Variety is good sometimes.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:51 pm Reply with quote
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It seems as though Melbourne is where it is all happening!

For those away, this is our summer holiday, so we are at a bit of a loose end.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:56 pm Reply with quote
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No snow in the Midwest as of yet!
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Mid 40s in NE; was 65 last week!

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81 and sunny here in St. Thomas!
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Interesting weather today.
A huge mass of hot air is coming down from the north.
Mildura copped 46 and one place in Australia got 49.
But Melbourne also had a bit of a sea breeze so if you were near the beach it was OK.
Thus the southern Suburbs where I am were not to bad while the northern ones like Ringwood were in the low 40's.
Tis a bit unusual to have a hotter or colder place 30 mins down the road in the same city.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:29 am Reply with quote
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Another hot spell on the way.

Today South Australia had a number of places that topped 49. That is the hottest it has been in 15 years.

It is coming my way and we will cop it Friday.

Authorities are already warning about power outages.

Will let you know how it pans out.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:20 pm Reply with quote
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At 7.30 this morning the weather man told me it was 35 and on the rise.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:46 pm Reply with quote
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Got to 43 for me. For sure hotter in other places.

Power went off for a hour or so about 11.

The power companies were doing random load shedding to keep the system going.

All that insulation and double glazing I invested in did its job and it didn't get to bad in the house.

Cool change hit about 3 in the afternoon and the temp dropped 12 deg in 9 mins.

Luckily for the tennis play didn't start till after the change arrived.

But the day isn't over yet. It might still rain.

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A sad side effect of the heat.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-29/flying-foxes-die-from-heat-stress-eastern-victoria/10756426

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A balmy 9 degrees here!

Was -2 two days ago!!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:54 pm Reply with quote
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Could be a bit of a fire problem over the next couple of days.

The following is borrowed from another place.
Illustrates well how locals cope.

It's certainly shaping up to be an interesting weekend! As many of you would know, there's a fire down in the Thaloo area near Moe which has closed the Moe-Walhalla Road. Access remains open via Tyers on the Tyers-Rawson Road. There are numerous fires around us, Thomson Dam to the north, Deep Creek and Shady Creek to the north east, Fumina to the west and Thaloo to the South East. It sounds pretty full on but we have been here before. Our town and region is resilient and has come through worse. Over the weekend, some businesses [like the railway] have decided not to operate while others will continue as normal. Walhalla remains open however we ask everyone to be aware and monitor the conditions. If you've visiting this weekend we ask you to limit your adventures to Walhalla, Erica and Rawson and NOT to head out into the bush camping or on a 4WD trip. Of course, while this weekend will be quiet and you may not wish to visit [fair enough] we ask you to consider planning a trip to the region in the near future. What will be needed after the fires are extinguished is customers to keep our businesses and community alive so YOUR visit will make a difference. We will post updates as they become available.

The Thompson Dam is one of Melbourne's biggest catchments.
There are concerns that water run off from fire fighting may effect the water supply. They have every available pump moving water from there to other dams.

Could be a big order coming up for the much maligned desal plant.

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After a series of hot days a number of areas are again being effected by bush fires.

Spare a thought for those effected.

What would you do if you got this message on your mobile phone. -


Emergency Warning - Bushfire

This Emergency Warning is being issued for Billabong, Black Snake Creek, Budgee Budgee, Cowa, Crooked River, Dargo, Gibbs, Hawkhurst, Howittville, Maguires, Miowera, Peter the Swede, Shepherdson, Talbotville, Waterford, Winchester, Wongungarra.

There is 1 bushfire located 1.6 km south west of Dargo and 2 others located 20 km north west of Dargo that are not yet under control.
The bushfire closest to Dargo has travelled south past the township.
The Dargo Road has not yet been impacted, however spot fires have been identified to the east of the road.
This fire continues to travel in a southerly direction.
The 2 other fires north west of Dargo are currently merging which will form one large fire. This fire is currently impacting Howittville. It is spotting a significant distance ahead of the main fire and is travelling in a south easterly direction towards Dargo.
Ground crews, supported by heavy machinery, are aggressively attacking the spot fires where they can.
Aircraft are actively bombing these fires.

You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.

The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately.
It is too late to leave.

Leaving now would be deadly.
What you should do:

You should move indoors:

Bring your pets inside.
Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from cotton or wool. Wear leather boots.
Close all exterior doors, windows and vents and turn off cooling systems.
You must take shelter before the fire arrives. The extreme heat is likely to kill you well before the flames reach you.
Shelter in a room that has two exits including one directly to the outside. It is important to be able to see outside so you know what is happening with the fire.

If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.

If you cannot get indoors, last resort options include:

Shelter in the middle of a large open area like a ploughed paddock, football oval or sporting reserve.
Get into a large body of water like a dam, lake, river, the ocean or inground pool.
Try to protect yourself from the fire's heat.

If you are travelling:

If you are travelling, do not enter the warning area. U-turn to safety.
If you are currently driving slow down and turn on your headlights. Smoke will make it difficult to see.


If you are caught in fire in your car:

Park behind a solid structure to block the fire's heat or pull over to cleared area.
Try to position the car towards the approaching fire.
Turn on your hazard lights and headlights.
Close all windows.
Turn off the air-conditioning and shut all the air vents.
Turn your car engine off.
Get down as low as possible below window level and cover up with a woollen blanket.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:04 pm Reply with quote
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Our first really hot day for the year today.

Melbourne is expecting high 30's with strong winds.
Will be over 40 in some parts of the state.

They have issued one of those code red's in some parts.
Schools closed and you are advised to leave the area.

A strong cool change is expected around 3 pm.
That will drop the temp to the mid 20's which is good but there is also a warning about thunderstorm asthma.
People who have allergies or get asthma are advised to stay in doors.

The overnight low last night was 26 C

Finally before this all gets blamed on global warming the record November temp for Melbourne is 41 set in 1894 well before global warming was invented.

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The bush fires on the east coast of Australia continue to burn and Sydney in particular is having real problems with smoke pollution.

Millions of acres have already been burnt and hundreds of homes lost.

Lots of detail here.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/ng-interactive/2019/dec/07/how-big-are-the-fires-burning-on-the-east-coast-of-australia-interactive-map

The scary part is that the hot weather is not here yet.

Some of these fires could burn for months till we get some serious rain.

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