55°C ???

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 14:24
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Greetings to all co-sufferers under the heat in southeast Australia, maybe the following is a consolation. It’s an excerpt from Charles Sturt’s diary, one of our early explorers. It was the summer of 1844, and he was on the way to his very own Sturts Stony Desert and the (then) feared Simpson.
"The thermometer reading 131ºF {55°C} in the shade…the atmosphere was so dry that the drays all but fell to pieces, every screw in the various boxes was drawn, the horn handles of the instruments and the combs split up into fine laminae, the lead dropped out of the pencils, … the men’s hair and the wool on the sheep ceased to grow, and their finger nails became brittle as glass… terrific hot wind blew across the plains, with nothing to break its force. The thermometer, graduated up to 127ºF {52°C}, burst from the heat, and the ground was so hot that a match dropped upon it ignited immediately…”
Imagine that poor guy without esky, batteries or phone to complain to anyone. I have all that and still feel like above pencil with all sense dropping out of me.
Klaus and Rusty
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 17:19

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 17:19

I remember reading that. Quite possible out there with a wind heat (as opposed to wind chill) factor.

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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 22:48

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 22:48
Sounds like Global worming has been around a long time LOL

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Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 07:46

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 07:46
Hang the chops from the roof rack, spuds in a pot on the bonnet.
Crack an egg or two on the bumper.....dinner in no time....lol.

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Reply By: Flywest - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 16:44

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 16:44
Matches back then were a wax vesta - not a safety match - of course they ignited!

Yep - 55 C is damn hot!

But - nuthin in this world is as cold as my muther in laws kiss!


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Reply By: blue one - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 20:16

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 20:16
Wear a hat, drink lots of water ( make sure your bleep is clear to golden, 4 litres per day in the wet and take some salt) so what is the problem.

Bunch of sooks.
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