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It's raining! It's raining!

 
 
jcboy
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 02:32 am
@msolga,
Hahaha I’m 27. I am looking forward to the cooler weather but I’ll miss the rain and thunderstorms. I haven’t had to water outside in months. Smile
msolga
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 03:00 am
@dlowan,
The first really cold & wet day in ages here today, too, Deb
We'd deluded ourselves into believing that spring had arrived, it's been so warm for a while .....
So it was back to the jumpers, jackets & woolly socks today.

I'm with you on the rain being welcome, just about anytime.
But I wish I could do a deal with the Weather Gods to lay off till I've finished my garden pruning. Then they can go for it again! (Yes, I'm still at it! But the past 2 weeks while laid up with bronchitis have really set me back in my valiant hacking efforts.)

All that rampant vegetation growth from a really wet summer & winter (following 10 drought years) has meant everything has grown like crazy!

One thing that really concerns me: if we should have another really hot, dry summer this year, and all that rampant new growth country areas dries out ... there's the potential for really serious bushfires ...
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 03:04 am
@dlowan,
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27 or 28 I think you mean.

Maths was never my strong point, Deb!
Why do you think I was counting in my fingers? Wink
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But still a shock. 9 years a2k has been here?

Yep.
You done good, A2K! Smile
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Bugger.

Bugger?
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 03:20 am
@jcboy,
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Hahaha I’m 27.

My apologies for adding the extra years, jcboy.
I'll dutifully deduct them now ....

My goodness, you are still a baby! Smile

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I am looking forward to the cooler weather but I’ll miss the rain and thunderstorms. I haven’t had to water outside in months. Smile

But there's something rather nice about those steamy hot rain seasons in tropical areas, isn't there?
(I'm thinking of Cairns in Oz, & Bali ...)
Once us folk from the temperate zones adjust & stop galloping around at a mad pace & exhausting ourselves .... & get used to being drenched by sudden deluges from the heavens ...
the rhythm of life can be very nice indeed!

And I just love how beautiful tropical plants just thrive, with absolutely no effort on anyone's part.

Sigh.
This is giving me itchy feet.
I wish I had some travel cash to splash!

jcboy
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 07:02 pm
@msolga,
I had to water last weekend for the first time in months. Today we got a nice shower and now it thunder and lightening outside. I love it!
msolga
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 07:07 pm
@jcboy,
Enjoy! Smile
jcboy
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 07:09 pm
@msolga,
Oh my, we just had a big boom right over the house, woke up Antonio. Be back.
msolga
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 08:04 pm
@jcboy,
What about the dogs, cats, & turtles (I think it's turtles?) , jcboy?
Does thunder set them off, too?
If so, you're gonna have your hands full! Wink
My cat (being a bit of a wuss Smile ) bolts inside at the sound of the first thunderclap ... and stays there for the duration.
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 09:16 pm
Wow, was that an angry storm last night, or what?
That's the Melbourne skyline you can just barely see from across the bay.
More photos at the link below.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/3655992-16x9-940x529.jpg
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-10/melbourne-storm/3656986
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 01:14 am
It's raining! It's raining!

But, I must confess, it feels rather good where I am (though I have sympathy with residents of low-lying areas of the city.)

Good, solid rain all day. My garden is loving it it. Everything looks so fresh, clean & green! Remarkable, compared to this time last year .... & all the previous years of drought.

Though I admit, a drive to the other side of the city this morning was a bit of a horror story, on such wet, slippery roads.

But right now, I'm happy to be home & watching the transformation that so much rain brings to my immediate environment. Smile

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Melbourne on flood watch after soggy start to weekend
November 26, 2011 - 2:06PM/the AGE

http://images.theage.com.au/2011/09/01/2595201/Rain-420x0.jpg
Flood warning ... Parts of Melbourne received as much as 31mm by 9am. Photo: Craig Abraham

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of possible flooding around Melbourne's major catchments following an overnight deluge over the city.

As much as 31 millimetres of rain fell over parts of Greater Melbourne by 9am, with thunderstorms and a further 30 millimetres forecast for the remainder of the day.

The soggy start to the weekend also triggered flood watch warnings for the Yarra, Werribee, Dandenong, Maribyrnong and Bunyip catchment areas, which remain current.

Residents in low lying areas around rivers and streams have been told to be ready to move to higher ground should the worst happen.

"The forecast rainfall combined with nearly saturated catchments is expected to cause significant stream rises in the Greater Melbourne catchments with the possibility of minor flooding developing during Saturday into Sunday," the Bureau says in a warning issued today.

"The Bureau of Meteorology in conjunction with Melbourne Water are monitoring the situation."

The rain is the result of a low pressure system moving over Victoria and the Bass Strait, and is expected to deepen this afternoon. ...<cont>


Melbourne on flood watch after soggy start to weekend:
http://www.theage.com.au/environment/weather/melbourne-on-flood-watch-after-soggy-start-to-weekend-20111126-1o00y.htm

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Builder
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 01:40 am
Dryest November on record in SE QLD for quite a while (didn't check the stats). Grass is crispy underfoot.

People complaining about the waterboard decision to lower dam levels prior to a predicted WET wet season again.

Had a couple of light showers two nights ago, and there's cloud hanging around, but we hardly got enough to wet the ground.
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 02:00 am
@Builder,
When you say SE QLD, you are talking about the coastal area, Builder?
Queensland is such a huge area, it's hard to know which area you're referring to.

But I think it's fair to say that Oz weather across the board is pretty unusual for this time of year.
This is a pretty weird spring in my neck of the woods, certainly!
I can't recall when/if we ever received so much rain in spring.
Builder
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 02:32 am
@msolga,
Yeah, msOlga. SE being south east. The term refers to pretty much Maryborough to the border of NSW, and west to the Great Dividing range.

Or, the Great South East map for a more defined view.

http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/destinations/destinations_home.cfm
mckenzie
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 02:49 am
@msolga,
It's snowing! It's snowing!

Minus 1 celsius outside, so it's snowing. A couple of degrees higher and it would be raining. Beautiful huge flakes drifting down tonight ...

We had a little snow but it melted because the temps went up to 9 degrees C. for a couple of days. Very unusual for this time of year - but very welcome.
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 02:55 am
@Builder,
I could have sworn, Builder, that but a season or two ago, that area had more than ample water supply.

Have I got that wrong?

If not, what a turn around!

msolga
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 03:00 am
@mckenzie,
Hey there, mckenzie! Smile
Good to see you here!

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Beautiful huge flakes drifting down tonight ...

Sounds wonderful.
Just what you hardy folk enjoy! Smile

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Builder
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 03:02 am
@msolga,
Yeah, you're right. The dams were so full, the boffins in charge decided to let quite a lot go from Wivenhoe dam, which was built to stop Brisvegas flooding. It didn't work last year because that dam was full as a goog when it really started raining.

Coastal sandy soils dry out rather quickly when it doesn't rain for a month or so. I believe it wasn't a really wet Winter either. Not sure; I only got back a while ago.
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 03:12 am
@Builder,
You know, given the weird, changing weather patterns around Oz, I think we are going to have to find a (no doubt very expensive) way of sharing water around the continent. Particularly along the most populated eastern coastal cities & regions.

Water-wise, it can change from an almost problematic feast in one location, while other locations are experiencing dire shortages. sometimes for years, as we experienced in the SE of the continent for something like ten years.
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Builder
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 03:52 am
@msolga,
Such a heavy commodity. Short of a grid of pipelines, with pump stations here and there, at major cost to the end user, I can't see it happening any time soon.

My take on the "problem" is decentralisation. Why are we becoming more and more fixated on being in a certain region?

Call me a socialist, but all these boat people, to be accepted here, need to be sent to where the water is, and where the work is. Same with long-term recipients of newstart welfare payments. 70 % of our mango crops drop on the ground to be eaten by feral pigs and wallabies, because there are no pickers.

So, ranting aside, the people need to go to the water, rather than the other way around. You're from Melbourne? Do you really want more people there? Last time I was in the city of four-seasons-in-one-day, it seemed pretty crowded already.
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 26 Nov, 2011 04:51 am
@msolga,
Wow!
 

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