How Crazy is the Weather Where you Live?

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Well what crazy unseasonal weather we are having at the moment. Here in SA, the weather should still be hot and dry on in the low to mid 30's, well it is now the exact opposite. Many area of outback SA are receiving massive rainfall figures, with the top rainfall for today going to Clayton Station on the Birdsville Track receiving 280 mm of rain.

With figures like that and more rain expected over the coming days, the Birdsville Track will be closed for some time.

Even here in Clare we have had over 28 mm of rain and it is still raining....and to go with the rain it is cold, it is now only 12.9 degrees. I have just had to check the calendar, thinking it must be mid June, not the end of February.


What is it like where you are living at the moment, normal or up the wattle like here in SA.

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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 20:40

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 20:40
Hi Stephen.Almost the same on the NSW South Coast with a tad more rain than you today. I was hoping to head out to Temora,Junee next month so I hope it calms down really soon. Cheers,Bob.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 20:44

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 20:44
Hi Bob

They are saying for here in SA that the rain will keep up until early next week, great for the country and gardens, but far from what the grape growers want, as they have started vintage.


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Follow Up By: Member - iijmartin - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 22:04

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 22:04
Hi Bob,
Raining here at Wagga Wagga tonight (have measured about 50mm since yesterday). Some areas west and north have had much more rain - Coolamon and Ganmain had flash flooding. Great for lucerne and gardens and growing more weeds.
Should fine up early next week in time for your trip. We are planning to leave for northern NSW in few weeks - hopefully no more flooding up that way.
If you are near Wagga, council have renewed the amenities at Wilks Park - now very popular free camp within walking distance to top end of main street.
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 06:12

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 06:12
Thanks for that Ian. We will probably end up a Wagga for a few days. We stayed overnight there last year and for whatever reason could not get TV reception. Could get reception at the Wagga Beach C/P though. Thanks for the update. Bob.
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Follow Up By: Member - Blaze - Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 03:49

Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 03:49
You are certainly right about the grape problems Stephen, also hope that it runs away up near Madigan Line in the next few week. Its 4 weeks today that we leave, so start doing the dry weather dances for us please.


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 09:24

Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 09:24
Hi Glen

As you know, a lot can happen in 4 weeks. Depending on which tracks you tackle first, there could still be some mud around and the dunes should not be as soft.


Have a great trip.



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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 20:53

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 20:53
Hi Stephen, Up here (Lorella Springs NT) it is supposed to be the wet session but had no rain since Xmas day, although it has been overcast for a couple of days this week but still no rain. The days are mild 34 deg and the night are around 26 deg with a slight breeze. All the creeks have stopped running and are bone dry, execpt for the springs.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:28

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:28
Hi Andy

Thanks for the update up your way.

To think that just a few days ago it was just a sheet at night, but will be a blanket tonight.


Thanks for the reply.



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Reply By: slave - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:02

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:02
In SW Victoria we have had no rain at all.

Numerous times in the last few weeks it has tried hard and we got a few drops but that is all.
The last good down pour we had to go to Adelaide to see.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:32

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:32
Hi Mrs Slave

I just had a look at the Elders site again, and it looks like many area in Victoria are in for a soaking as well, so keep your fingers crossed.


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Follow Up By: slave - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 16:38

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 16:38
Well it must have worked Stephen we got rain 1.5 mm


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 20:33

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 20:33
Hi Mrs Slave

You must not have been crossing your fingers hard enough, only 1.5 mm, surely the weatherman can do better than that.



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Reply By: Happy Frank - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:04

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:04
54 mm in Winkie since 9.00 am today
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:37

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:37
Hi Happy Frank

Thanks for the reply.

I bet that there are many vineyard owners that would be very disheartened with that much rain, that would put the vintage back for some time, and could be very damaging for the crops.



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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:19

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:19
We are on the Darling downs Qld. Had the air on this arvo and watered the lawn this evening.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:24

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:24
Hi Sharon

It sounds like things are normal up you way for this time of the year, half your luck.

The weather down here is crazy and we hope that it gets back to normal, sooner rather than later.



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Reply By: Axle - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:31

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:31
G/Day Stephen, Its the same everywhere,...funny thing nature, ..it certainley has control on what us poor mortals want or dislike...lol.


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:39

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:39
Hi Axle

You are so correct and it one thing that we have no control over.


Thanks for taking the time to reply.



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Reply By: Member - nrb1748 (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:41

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:41
Hi Stephen,

What is the prognosis for the Cooper Creek ferry seeing some more action this year?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:53

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:53
Hi nrb

You are the second member to ask the very same question in the last 15 minutes, the first by MM.

Like I have just replied to them, even though there has been a lot of rain up there on the Birdsville Track, it is only local rain and will have no effect on the Cooper at the crossing site. It is going to need a lot of water to come back down the Cooper to put the ferry back into operation.

Nature the way that it is, anything can happen and it would be great to have a crystal ball.

Give it a couple of weeks and fine weather, and things will be fine and warm up there, the Birdsville Track will be back open again and the country up that way will have a green tinge.



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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:47

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:47
How are you Stephen? Yep it's raining here in Melbourne and our plans for a couple of weeks hence may be up for review. Not feeling too confident about the speed trials at Lake Gairdner on the 19th of March and hoping like mad that the rain cut across to the north of Mt Ive Station although they would probably welcome it. Just have to wait and see and develop plan B which at this stage is to hope for dry and windy weather so that plan A comes off! Cheers, Leigh
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:58

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 21:58
Hi Leigh

The speed trials may be out, but I would still count on plan 'A'.

Alistair has been in hospital, but all is OK. They have just sold one of there stations to the south to a nature group, so keep you plans the way that they are.


Safe Travel and glad to have helped you out.



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Reply By: Member - Vern - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 22:00

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 22:00
Yep its sure crazy weather in SA,I'm in North Haven(SA) and not stopped raining since 7 am. Sure hope Birdsville track open by may as we are heading up to the Simpson.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 22:07

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 22:07
Hi Vern

As they say, "there is a lot of water to run under the bridge" between now and May. Temperatures have still been very hot up that way and when it does stop raining, a few fine ways and a breeze and the track will be open again and back to kicking up dust.

You should have a great time back in the Simpson again. As strange as it sounds, even with the local rain received all through the desert area, I would still pack the MaxTraks, as the desert sands should be back to normal, nice and soft.


Have a great trip.




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Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 22:55

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 22:55
Hi Stephen,
More than 50mm in the rain gauge here at Quorn and still raining most of the local roads are still open but who knows what will happen over night.
If this is what they call global warming it feels pretty cool to me.
Good to meet you the other day.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:07

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:07
Hi Graham

You are receiving a lot more up there that's for sure. I can still remember years ago being caught out at Quorn. We had been up to Hawker and there was a lot of local rain in your area. Coming back into Quorn and the first creek north out of town where the railway crosses the creek on high ground, we were stopped for a few hours waiting for the creek to drop so we could get through.

When we now pass that same place, we wonder how many people have had to do the same thing over the years.


It was likewise great to meet you on Sunday, it must have been a very long day for you.



Keep Dry.




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Reply By: Member - Des Lexic - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:00

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:00
G'day Stephen, We've had 60mm at around 6.30 tonight and is still light rain. Upper Berri always gets more than Lower Winkie. Will make it tough on the growers who still have grapes to pick.
The weekend was hot here and now it's fairly cool. Might need a blanket tonight.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:12

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:12
Hi Al

I know that there are a lot of vineyard owners that are not very happy. With this much rain,you can bet that a lot of the fruit will split with all that increase of water.

I have now changed my mind re the blanket, it is no just 11 degrees, so the quilt will be on for sure.

Hope to see you soon.



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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:07

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:07
Just a touch damp in the Hill Stephen, even the Barrier Highway was closed yesterday at Cockburn.
We had 70 mm yesterday 7 am - 7 am this morning and 16 mm up until about 4.30 pm and it has rained pretty steady since about 6.30 tonight.
All unsealed roads are closed and rain forecast until Sunday with storms tomorrow.
So those stuck at Packsaddle and Tibooburra will have time for a few drinks.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:19

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:19
Hi Dave

The local GTS/BKN news showed just how wet it was up your way. I bet it was not what your Roads and Transport Minister wanted to see on his visit today.

Fiona still talks about your Golf, she just will not stop talking about them, so next time you are down, please leave it at home and drive the Toyota.....lol

Regards to Nora.




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Reply By: ross - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:49

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 23:49
You're all a bunch of Chicken Littles.:shakes head:
If it was simple and sane we wouldnt have meteorologists to tell us we are in for a rough ride,farmer's income would be the same year in year out,bricklayers would never get wet and the washing would never get blown off the clothesline.

Sit down,take a bex and it will all sort itself out.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 07:49

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 07:49
Hi Ross

If only it was all as simple as that.



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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 07:02

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 07:02
Another 28mm since 9 yesterday east of Captains Flat NSW. All tanks are full, dams overflowing and the cattle are not impressed. Fire going as its 12.4 outside.

I know we have a short summer here at 1050m but not this short. Love it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 07:48

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 07:48
Hi Tony

There have been big rainfall figures right through Australia with this lot of rain. They have just said on the radio that the Barrier Highway to Broken Hill is now closed, as there was damage to one of the bridges due to flood waters around the Cockburn area, and even local flooding of a few houses in Marree.

It would be interesting to hear from Dave again to see just how much rain 'The Hill" ended up getting.

For here in SA, they are expecting fine and warmer weather by mid next week, up to 28 degrees by about Wednesday.

It has been a rear touch of a very early winter.



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Follow Up By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 08:11

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 08:11
Hope that warm weather does arrive by next week, heading up to the Blaze Aid Camp north of St George on the 14th to spend a couple of weeks at Dunkeld.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:09

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:09
Hi Tony

I have not heard how warm it will be up there, but congratulations to you and all other people that are heading to the Blaze Air, well done and your support will be greatly appreciated.



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Reply By: Member - Carl- Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 08:34

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 08:34
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I like reading the forum to remind me of home and travelling around the outback. I have been following the recent wet weather but at the moment it is 7.30am in Brisbane it is just 4.30 in the afternoon in New Jersey. It has been snowing since 11am this morning and this is the view out my window. I promised to BBQ some pork chops for dinner and I had to scrape the snow of it to heat it before I could even start cooking.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:13

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Hi Carl

Thanks for sharing that great image taking from your window, it must be a great experience to see it snow like that. I thought that would would have had chops and snags for your Aussie BBQ....LOL

All the best from Australia.



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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 08:43

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 08:43
I wonder if it is related to this:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120227111052.htm
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:39

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Hi Mr Pointyhead

That reports deals with the northern hemisphere, but would not like to comment on it for our heavy rain at the moment, I would be far from knowing the real reasons.

It is not uncommon to have 20 - 50mm of rain this time of the year during vintage and I can remember a few years ago, the Mid North of SA north of Orroroo received 10" of rain in 1 massive downpour that lasted all day. Roads were cut for days and it did a lot of damage.


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Follow Up By: Mr Pointyhead - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:53

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Hi

I was wondering if it is possibly related as the oceans are all linked and mix via the large oceanic current flows between the northern and southern hemispheres.

And the atmospheric circulations mentioned could impact both hemispheres giving us the Australian summer equivalent of more winter snow in Europe, which is more rain here, added too by the higher sea surface temperatures.

I guess it is an interesting question for Meteorologists and climatologists to investigate.

Maybe a good question for a Atmospheric sciences undergrad student looking for a pHD question to investigate :).




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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 20:45

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 20:45
Hi Again

The weather pattern is sure changing for sure and no one can say that it is not. There was a great documentary about Macquarie Island the other night on the ABC. The first thing that makes you wonder regarding the Ocean temperatures rising where the very large Iceberg's that came into the bay, one alone was over 2 kilometres long.

They said that it was the first time that they had been that far north for a very long time(many, many decades). They then made the comments that they were over, if I am correct , 20 thousand years old, and they were collecting a bucket full of the worlds most pure ice for their drinks.



Thanks for the reply, and yes it is all very interesting.



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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:03

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:03
Pretty standard weather in Winton, Stephen, at the moment.

Temps to 36 today, with moderate humidity, and some cloud. Possible shower forecast too. Had about 20mm rain on Sunday/Monday, while we were in Cairns.

Did a rushed trip to Cairns on sunday, with daughters extra "stuff", and came back tuesday. Showers and storms at times as we neared the coast, and on Monday night, it really p*ssed down, all night, in Cairns. Other than a soggy lawn, you wouldn't have known it had rained in the morning. Only a bit of water over the Bruce H'way, in one section, near Ingham.

Not sure I'd like your 12 deg, Stephen. Bit early in the year for a cardigan, or two!!!

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:18

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:18
Ni Bob

Thanks for your weather report, it sounds a lot better up your way than down south. Even as I write your reply at 1.45pm, it is only 24 degrees, while this time if the year here it would be in the 30's


The only good think is it is great sleeping weather, we had the blanket and quilt on last night.



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Reply By: trains - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:35

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:35
Hi Stephen,

I realise this weather is no good for the vintage, but I have to admit I do enjoy the misty rain and cooler weather.

Checked the gauge this morning, 38mm out here, good top up for our tanks but thats it.

Having spent many years picking grapes in mid 40s temps, and loading bins, and throwing out buckets, spreading out currents and sultanas on drying racks, or hand shaking them off, raking out sultanas on hessian and countless hours on the hot dusty tractor etc.

All in the heat, or working on overheating vehicles in a hot uninsulated sheds etc, I dont miss it.

I can recall several times when large areas of moisture have been carried down southwards and hit during harvest decimating all the crop through skin burst then mould for what was left, lost all our currents one night with rain.

Can also remember several times in Feb when its been cold enough to wear jeans and a jumper too.
Usually the rule is for the return of school to be scorching hot, but there are years where we do have mild summers, other times, we get roasted till early April.

I did a bit of research into weather patterns some time ago, and its simmilar to the years after the drought broke in the mid 40s, very simmilar to our recent years of drought etc.

Well must get back to finishing the tiling.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:25

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:25
Hi Grant

Good to see you back on line. You got heaps more rain out where you live, I ended up with just under 30mm, an extra 8mm in that short distance.

I always relate to this time of the year when I worked at a local winery, it was usually stinking hot tring to sleep during the day with perfect mild nights when on night shift.


All the best with the tiling and regards to Liz and your family.





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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 12:53

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 12:53
Nothing unusual here in Perth - just perfect clear blue skies, lovely warm weather and we've all enjoyed the summer immensely although it has been yet another humid summer - and many people are sick of that, as Perth has traditionally had a dry heat. Evaporative airconditioners that are so popular here, don't cope well with the humidity so many people are now chosing to install refridgerated or split system aircons - us included, this summer we installed a small refridgerated airconditioner into our office, which has been wonderful.

Have just started to notice a "slight" coolness now in the mornings so might need to start wearing a t-shirt rather than a tank top when I walk the kids to school ;)

Still think the Perth climate is preferable to anywhere else (having lived in Sydney, Parkes, Armidale, Darwin, before coming here).
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:30

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:30
Hi Michelle

Yes give me 4 distinct season any day. We have been lucky over here in SA, we have missed all that real hot weather that you were copping in Perth. Yes we had a couple of days over 40, with most days in the mid to high 30's, which is realy good weather.

We had a couple of humid day last week, but they were only short lived thank goodness.


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Reply By: Member - Richard H - West NSW - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:03

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:03
This morning my rain gauge registered 110 mm. For Broken Hill it's the most I've ever seen come down in one hit.

And...it's still raining.

The Barrier Highway between Cockburn & Mingary is cut due to the bridge over Pine Creek being structurally damaged by flood waters.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:33

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Hi Richard

I heard on the 6.30am news this morning about the Barrier Highway being closed, it must have been real heavy up your way.

It is still overcast here in Clare today, with the odd patch of blue sky trying to break through, but at least the rain has stopped.



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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:40

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:40
Hi Stephen,

Strange weather indeed, and who'd be a weather forecaster, it seems almost impossible to get the forecast right lately. After a few days of forecast heavy rain that didn't actually happen, it finally started to rain for real last night, and its still going now. Dams and creeks all well and truly full. Barometer is falling, cloud ceiling very low and only about 20 degrees.

Still its a great day to try out our newly installed wood heater - gave it a burn last night just so we could say we had it on in summer.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 20:31

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Hi Val

I see on the news tonight that large parts of New South Wales have had a real hammering with the rain and even parts Cooma were under threat.

You can not beat a wood fire and ours usually starts around ANZAC Day and then runs 24/7 until early October, and it warms the whole of our house.

We did not have any rain today here and the sun is trying its dame hardest to break through, but that cloud cover will not give up.


Great to hear from you and regards to John.




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Reply By: Great Divide Tours - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 14:57

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Well, I'm planning a trip across the Simpson from 15 March once it re-opens after the Summer closure and just spoke to Dave at Mt Dare station who advised me they had water through the pub for the seond day running today and that the surrounding country looks like an ocean, and yes it was still raining. All unsealed roads around Marree to Mt Dare are closed too. Sure does make planning a big event tricky.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 20:23

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 20:23
Hi Vic

It sure makes it hard trying to plan any trip, let alone someone like you that would have stick time frames for your trips, and this latest rain would for sure throw a real spanner in the works.

I hope for your sake that there is fine weather all through that area and things should dry out just nice in 2 weeks.



Cheers



Stephen
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