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Bismark

I cannot complain at the moment, 23mm of rain last night and then 34 degrees today. Very hot and humid. We have a cool change coming through tomorrow which will bring more showers. plants are having a party in Brisbane. I know it can all change very quickly but they are enjoying the moment.

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Tyrone

34.3C max after a 5.3C minimum today.

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peachy

Tyrone you are welcome to my heat. It hit 42 in October and has only been under 30 twice since then. I am getting a little bit of rain and what is left alive after 2 years of practically no rain at all has start to revive slightly. I'm not buying or planting anything until I move into my new place in Melbourne but the way things are going I will 90 before I can afford to actually live in the place !!

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Pip

Another photo by my photographer friend taken sometime over the weekend at one of Adelaide's beaches.

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gob1

Perfect. Hang on, is that a great white in the background....!!

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tropicbreeze

TC Kate, the first TC to form in Australian waters (TC Bakung formed in Indonesia 2 weeks ago and passed through our western region on its way to oblivion in the Indian Ocean), is now intensifying and moving towards the Cocos Keeling Islands. At this stage not expected to be a direct hit but likely pretty close. Expected to reach cat. 3 and keep heading further out into the Indian Ocean. Possibly, the remnants may pay Tyrone a visit in the not too distant future.

Here the weather remains hot and humid but little rain for me, so far 37% of average for the month (which is almost over). Average maximum temp is running at 35.8 for December so far. But humidity is very high so I'm not losing so many plants as during the past few months. They're saying the monsoon will come end of December/early January. At least that should bring good steady rain rather than 50 mm falls in an hour and blazing sun for the rest of the day. The sun's passed its lowest point so it will be getting more intense here again for a while. A good time to get some cloud cover (hopefully).

I suspect all the BOM staff have gone away for the holidays and left the forecasting updates on automatic pilot.
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Merry Christmas everyone.

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NApalm

Hahahaha. A lovely broad/safe bom forecast. That's a classic

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Pip

I just checked the bom for Adelaide's expected maximum temperatures next week as I was wondering where the usual 40+ heat was. Seems I'll be busy with the sprinkler this week soaking all the garden beds before 41 expected next Saturday.

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steve99

The weather gods have been kind to me ! Yesterday afternoon/last night we had 113mm of good soaking rain. Its been the best drop in a long while.

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Daryl

Good to hear Steve. We had a nice 74mm drop last night...that was a cracker of a thunderstorm!

Daryl

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tropicbreeze

From Weather Zone News:

Darwin braces for New Year's Eve downpour with huge monsoon trough incoming
By Steven Schubert and James Purtill, Wednesday December 31, 2014 - 18:05 EDT

A massive monsoonal storm that has been anticipated for months is moving towards Darwin and could break over the northern coast of Australia on New Year's Eve.

Weather radar shows the monsoon trough approaching the coast of Australia across the Arafura and Timor seas.

The weather should be over Darwin on New Year's Day, according to Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Graham King.

The monsoon signals the end of the hot and humid build-up season for tropical Australia.

Earlier in December near the Darwin Ski Club, a popular outdoor restaurant and bar.

"It's not a strong monsoon, it's on the weaker end of things," Mr King said.

"It will last maybe four days if we're lucky but it will still be a pleasant change."

The monsoon would see more rain, lower temperatures and more cloud cover, bringing much needed relief for sweltering Top Enders, Mr King said.

"Even though it's weak I'm looking forward to it," he added.



Well it's come through and brought some heavy falls with it, unfortunately not at my place. Only getting drizzly rain here while only about 10kms away they've had a deluge. But it's been one of the coldest days for ages, minimum this morning of 23.7, maximum 26.8 this afternoon, with lowest relative humidity 88%. The plants are looking really happy.

A couple of weak lows in the trough but only the one further out in the Timor Sea showing up on the charts. It's expected to develop into a cyclone some time next week and impact the Pilbara coast.

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Pip

When there is heat there is fire. Adelaide's top temperature today reached 42c. This pic was taken by a friend of mine thankfully the bush fire is not near my garden.

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Daryl

Wow Pip, dreaded bushfires are not much fun... fortunately we are in the wet season so fire danger is comparatively low. My garden damage is now from flooding...had a fair amount of damage from the creek rising 8 feet the other night during the thunderstorm that dropped 74mm in less than 2 hours...possibly more but the rain gauge overflowed...I had a metre of water over my creekbank and a large tree came down the creek and took out a few of my palms...

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This is a video from a couple of years ago...the creek was 2 feet higher the other night...

If it doesn't rain, it pours! :)

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Pip

Just a little bit of that rain would be nice. The temperature in Adelaide actually reached 44 but then once it is over 36 who cares it is just hot and time to find water of some kind to dive into.

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Pip

The fire is still burning and a few houses have been destroyed. A few of the north eastern suburbs close to the fire have been evacuated. Unfortunately the chance of a thunderstorm has almost passed.

Some more pocs taken by friends who are watching the sky. They are much closer to the fire than I am but still a safe distance from it.

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Pip

Another photo shared on facebook taken from the dash of a fire truck traveling from the southern suburbs to help with the fire.

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Pando

Wow that's a huge fire there. I hope it stays away from your place.

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Pip

The bush fire is a fair distance from where I am. There have been a few claps of thunder but no rain yet.

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Pip

And another bush fire pic

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Peter G

Scorcher today, 41c

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steve99

Everything around here is wet, wet, wet. Had another 10mm today with more rain forecast for the next few days.. My palms are going BALLISTIC !

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Pip

Finally some rain has been forcast for Adelaide as monsoonal activity from northern Australia moves through to the south east. A flood warning has been issued for the northern inland districts. The areas of bush fire in South Australia and Victoria should become a little easier to control and hopefully extinguished. There is still more heat before the rain though Adelaide is expecting 38c Tuesday.

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Peter G

Official temp for today was 44.4c

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Pip

Official temp for today was 44.4c

Yuck! I'm back at university this week no one wants to be in class the air conditioning keeps us all comfortable but we can see the ocean. I keep hearing other students mutter about wanting to be down the beach.

There is a 50% chance of a thunderstorm in Adelaide today fingers crossed it actually happens and helps put the bush fire out.

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Pip

Very exciting the thunderstorm has finally begun here.

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Pip

Not excited now it feels like winter with grey skys periods of rain, mist and heavy rain. I haven't seen the sun for two days.

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NApalm

Weird weather you guys have down there. Kinda like melbs?

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Pip

Weird weather you guys have down there. Kinda like melbs?

Yes similar but not normally as changeable as Melbs. It won't take long to warm up again although now that all that rain has been dumped throughout central Australia I don't expect Adelaide to experience any more extreme heat for the rest of summer. I expect the north winds to be more humid and not the usual dry heat like what you experience when you open the oven door.

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NApalm

Bring on the monsoon

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Daryl

A nice wet, showery weekend has provided more lovely rain for the garden. Tonight there was a rain cell about 5 kms north of me and it just dumped 104mm in 2 hours...glad it wasn't here or more of my garden would have washed away...pretty bad flash flooding in some areas here currently.

Daryl

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steve99

I tipped about 20mm out the rain guage today. You're right Daryl, too much rain be a real headache sometimes, especially when the ground is already sodden - like now !

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Daryl

Steve, I have been seeing the reports of the flooding at Pac Pines and Coombabah tonight...another 58mm in the hour since my last post...pretty horrendous flash flooding there. We have only had 40mm here today, so not too bad...not bad enough for the creek to flood. I would hate to think what another 100mm tonight would do!

Daryl

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Daryl

Woohoo...another 40mm here...although some sunshine would be nice now!

Daryl

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Daryl

It's been a hot few days here, with more to come...gotta love summer, except that the grass is growing way too fast! :)

8:30 am and its a humid 31C here...palms will be loving it!

Daryl

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Tyrone

Tyrone you are welcome to my heat. It hit 42 in October and has only been under 30 twice since then. I am getting a little bit of rain and what is left alive after 2 years of practically no rain at all has start to revive slightly. I'm not buying or planting anything until I move into my new place in Melbourne but the way things are going I will 90 before I can afford to actually live in the place !!

Great to hear from you Peachy. Where have you been, and why do you want to move to Melbourne when you live in Queensland??

It's been a while since I've reported my experiences here. The Eastern States and interior have taken all the rain and extreme weather while down here it's been quite uneventful from an extreme weather point of view. December didn't feel like Summer at all. Even the locals were complaining. Lots of drizzle and cloudy cool days with strong breezes from all directions. I averaged something like 10C min to 26C max for December. The wheat harvest was a frustrating experience for all the farmers because it was too wet.

January has turned the corner now. I'm averaging 13C min to 29C max this month and the palms are growing again. The max temp I've recorded was a 37.5C which is hot enough. Here I am consistently 4-5C warmer than Albany during the day and about 3C cooler at night. So I've got a subtropical mountain climate I think. Parajubaea seem to love it here. RH is generally up there all the time except for the hottest days when we might get down to 28%, but at night it's always 90-95% RH. We could do with a few mm's of rain again, but at least the grass has slowed down.

My main lake is losing about 15mm of level a day due to the capillary action of the surrounding soil and my use of the water for irrigation. I've decided to sink a bore and keep the lake topped up. (Then I can keep trout) I've extended my irrigation to include virtually all my planted areas. I've been trying to get wind breaks in and have been madly planting giant bamboo screens to form cold air drainage barriers and wind breaks. I've also planted a small olive orchard to do the same. The coldest areas will become a stone fruit and apple orchard with a few cherries, but I won't plant them until winter. I'm also growing our own vegies now. I'm going to put in some avacadoes in the protected part of the orchard (inside of the frost barrier), and I'm even going to try a mango in a frost free spot with lots of winter sun.

The official forecast today is for 26C but if that happens in town it will be 30, 31C here today with a few clouds around. There's a 10kph westerly breeze at the moment so it should be a mild and humid day with the sea breeze. Even better I've got the day off, so I've got to go work in the garden. :D

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Daryl

Good to see its finally warming up for you Ty. The weather here is more like tropical lowlands currently...although tonight is a bit cooler which is very weird.

We had another massive thunderstorm last night that dumped 68mm on the garden, followed by another one this morning that dropped 48mm...no need to water for a little while here... :)

Daryl

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Tyrone

Good to see its finally warming up for you Ty. The weather here is more like tropical lowlands currently...although tonight is a bit cooler which is very weird.

We had another massive thunderstorm last night that dumped 68mm on the garden, followed by another one this morning that dropped 48mm...no need to water for a little while here... :)

Daryl

Ahhh, water from the sky. After having a drizzly cool December you'd think I'd be sick of rain but I'd love a 40mm drop of rain from a thunderstorm or two down here. The 28 day rainfall forecast looks pretty dry.

We had a 38.5C day yesterday. All the locals were recounting how hot it got too. It felt like a typical Perth January day. It was still 32.5C at 6.45pm and dead still. But the night cooled down and the lake had mist rising off it when I took a look at around 10pm as the water was still very warm. I've got to get that bore going to top it up. It's going down mega quick.

It's 7.35am and the temp is already 27.8C. It could be a stinker today if a sea breeze doesn't come in soon.

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Pip

After all that rain in central Australia comes green here is a photo taken by a friend of mine who lives in Alice Springs

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steve99

As of 3.30pm today, we've had 165mm since this deluge started last night. And from what I can see on the radar there is still plenty more coming tonight.

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Daryl

We've had 277mm since last night here...what a wet January! 625mm so far since NYE

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