Been and gone.
Gone? I dont think so.
Theres more on the way TG. ;)Originally Posted by 6458455E545542575F54300 link=1287130012/1#1 date=1287130123
Beat me to it Flynn, rug up. Im thinking about roasting some beans, sounds like a good thing to do right now. :)Originally Posted by 78726770707F6B6D1E0 link=1287130012/2#2 date=1287131701
I did my roasting last night in anticipation of a wet weekend.Originally Posted by 0E323B2336570 link=1287130012/4#4 date=1287131926
have had the same in melb all day
rained and blowing a gale all day and its still goin
not real nice when you live just off the beach and cop the full brunt of the chill
Did you go for an early morning dip? ::)Originally Posted by 58405A475B5C514A4741280 link=1287130012/6#6 date=1287134918
We could do with some of that lovely rain over here in dry dusty cough cough...sunny WA
Usually the case, wet over there dry here, wet here, dry there. I,m not sure what the La Nina or El Nino is going to do this summer season.
Our dams here are around less than 30%, and the demand for water here means the de-salination plant is working overtime with another one on the way. The case for a pipeline from the Kimberleys to the south west is still open and is a good possibility for the future as the population blows out.
We South Aussies watch the Perth weather with interest as a similar pattern emerges in SA a day or so later, perhaps it intensifies as it crosses the continent.Originally Posted by 5D474A4B594F575D5D2E0 link=1287130012/8#8 date=1287135643
Was not aware the water situation was as drastic as you say in the West, imagine your on severe water restrictions over there as well. :(
:P Missed me.Originally Posted by 6B575E4653320 link=1287130012/3#3 date=1287131829
Hasnt reached you yet. ;)Originally Posted by 1925382329283F2A22294D0 link=1287130012/10#10 date=1287140163
Been blowing a gale here in syd all day. but by the look of Flynns radar, well see the worst of it overnight and 2moro where I am. Huge (outdoor) family do tomorrow. should be interesting.
god no... waaay too coldOriginally Posted by 38040D1500610 link=1287130012/7#7 date=1287135132
would be a good way to get a cold and use some sick days tho :P
that and with the last couple of days of wild weather the sea has been stirred up and brown and silty, far from the usual nice blue
Originally Posted by 4B777E6673120 link=1287130012/9#9 date=1287136436
Hi there Jon,
I noticed over the years if a strong cold front does happen to make it,s way up to WA, by the time it crosses the south west portion, it would take a south east direction as it weakens, then it doesnt have a big impact on the eastern states. However this year, the fronts approaching WA have been weak, brushing past the tip of the south west, then seems to gather strength and power as it crosses the southern bight fed by cold southerlies behind the front so by the time it crosses the eastern states, it,s packing a strong punch.
The moist troughs preceding the fronts bring rain before the front crosses SA, Victoria, Tassie and NSW. So, you got rain from the moist air coming from the north before the front, and more rain from the front itself.
* * Just about everyone here seems to be talking about global warming *on this neck of the woods and there seems no end in sight *:(
And it looks like we,re in for more severe restrictions over the current one we have now.
Looking forward to the Alice and if lucky, should get to see some great bursts of colour and nature reproducing.
But water and people sometimes just dont mix. *However in some cases you can be lucky...
Go *HERE to get the full power-point, but a sneak is below...
Now the kid might have a smile but for the want of a bit of extra flow or a submerged log in the water... A very different outcome.. *Where was their life vests ?
I had a laugh....
That river flows about 300 Metres from our front door..... :o
This image really takes me back to my childhood, living on the bank of the mighty Peel. ::)
I lived a minutes walk from the banks of the Clarence in South Grafton.
"Thats not a flood, this is a flood!"
ok so not that the weather in syd is particularly wild tonight.
but I just came home to find my bike on its side. :o
there were no little children trapped underneath it, so i can only assume its a product of the weather.
Did hear on the radio that there were several bad accidents on the roads today, including a fatality.
Fatality on the F3 IIRC and the weather was wild for a few minutes.
If any of you do get sick of all that foul weather, come over to enjoy the dull, sunny dust bowl that is WA. Fat chance of rain here for days to come.
Although.....i had a look at the weather chart and theres a cyclone making its way towards Cocos Islands at 11 kph, if it carries on its current course, who knows?
Maybe if i wash my car, the weather gods might put the mocker on me.
Sorry mate, that trick only works when you dont want it to. ;DOriginally Posted by 475D505143554D4747340 link=1287130012/21#21 date=1288624046
Maybe for you mortals but it definitely works for us weather gods. ;)Originally Posted by 1E2B3C3E0E362B3438353D590 link=1287130012/22#22 date=1288694120
Dammit, if its not going to rain, ill make my own. I go take a shower. Why should i miss out? :(
ahh this takes me back to hot summer afternoons in Tamworth, running through the sprinkler as a child. ;D 8-)Originally Posted by 4A505D5C4E58404A4A390 link=1287130012/24#24 date=1288715705
My childhood summers were spent in Grafton lying on a branch of a massive mango tree.
After my mate and I had eaten our fill we were usually covered from head to toe in mango juice so wed climb down and rinse/cool off under the hose.
My mother would have beaten the carp out of me if I ever got wet as a child.
5 years in Christmas Island bought upon involuntary showers to and from school.
Still got severe scoldings regardless. >:(mum :o me running away from a big stick.....
Canes and beatings werent illegal back then.
Anyone know if this years rains affected the coffee plantations in Australia? If so, how does rain or lack of rain have an effect on the quality of the harvest?
Im not sure the exact effects, but i do know it does have an impact on both yield and flavour.
I also know that our friends out at MTE have some of the most advanced systems in the world in place in order to provide correct drainage in the event of excess rain and irrigators to keep the soil at a specific moisture content.
Im sure someone else will know a great deal more than me on this.
i suppose i should start a new thread about the requirements of a coffee plant. Im not sure if that area of australia would require supplemental irrigation during times of dry spells. As long as the soil is moist and the temperature is ideal. Some varietals would require partial shade to give their best results. Though yields might be down in partial shade environment, the quality is better.
I noticed MTE plantation does not use shade trees for their crop, so there must be a reason.
What im interested in is if lower rainfall results in less yield but more intense flavour, and in times of more rain, greater yields but less flavour? Im thinking in the sense of wine growing as both grapes and coffee are both berries.
I would normally extend a warm welcome to Coffesnobs to a newbie, but when i attempted to open your Wifirobin/ ps3 cooling fan/ps3 gun, the result came up with Firefox could not connect with server and had this "www.(filthy-rotten-spammer-go-away".
What is your intention?
You copied and pasted my text from a previous post and did not add anything to it, so naturally i became sceptical of your post.
I would recommend you introduce yourself to the following thread "General Coffee Related" section then go to "go easy on me" topic if your intention to be a Coffeesnob is noble.
Otherwise there will be others who are not as friendly as me who will respond unkindly.
I think an Auto Correction or a Manual edit might have taken place... For Good REASON :DOriginally Posted by 5E4449485A4C545E5E2D0 link=1287130012/32#32 date=1293422899
As we wait for his response, I heard in the news that the wet weather over east is most likely due to the La Nina effect which causes wet events as opposed to El Nino which causes dry weather and droughts. Its all to do with ocean temperatures and currents. Looks like we have the El Nino effect well n truly here in WA.
I wonder how those coffee plantations are coping there and how the quality is affected.
Did a thorough scan of my pc after that. Was clean.Originally Posted by 6E41484A5D624E414E484A424A415B2F0 link=1287130012/33#33 date=1293429717
;D ;DOriginally Posted by 2B313C3D2F39212B2B580 link=1287130012/35#35 date=1293549934
Sigh - Another (or the same) filthy rotten ....
:-? What happened fatboy?
We played a game of nuke a spammer and boot him out for good...and nope, he didnt get a PM either ::)Originally Posted by 2F3538392B3D252F2F5C0 link=1287130012/38#38 date=1297842126
What 2mcm said.Originally Posted by 776D606173657D7777040 link=1287130012/38#38 date=1297842126
Another round of reviving old threads with spam.
And now hes gone! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - Death to Spammers!
Thank god for moderators, otherwise people will run riot here.
Well, we had a tornado up in Karratha ( a town in the Pilbara for those easterners and those who failed at geography), and recently we had a tornado that accompanied a thunderstorm that rampaged through Ellenbrook which is a suburb in the northeastern part of Perth.
Australias had its fair share of natural disasters this season so far.
Flooding in the Gascoyne area.
Flooding in Queensland followed by Yasi.
Flooding in Victoria.
5 cyclones formed off WA at least. I lost count at some stage.
Tornado in Karratha.
Tornado from stormcell in Perth.
All that after a drenching winter last year in eastern states and the worst drought on record in WA.
Gary at G
It is unreal for me living in the comfort of Sunny Sydney, where while we have just had the hottest summer in 5 years and unlike many, the driest in 8, the weather in the last week or so has been just perfect.Originally Posted by 766C616072647C7676050 link=1287130012/41#41 date=1299085137
I have been surrounded to the north, west and south by the disasters listed by Garry, and the Perth Bushfires, plus the horrible destruction of Christchurch to the south east.
It is going to take years for many to get over these natural disasters. While many may fully recover, some will be financially and mentally ruined forever.
I read that Adelaide has a higher risk of earthquakes than any other Australian capital city. I am surprised that Australia has about 10 large earthquakes every 100 years and 200 minor tremors each year. Luckerly few of the big ones have been in the densly populated areas. Newcastle was an exception.
It would be nice for Sydney to have some rain now to water our gardens; however we are far from desperate as our water reserves are at about 73%.
Like Melbourne, we also have a useless and expensive de-sal plant, due to the water scarcity a couple of years ago.
Captain Anna Bligh has been a tower of strength for Queensland. She said on ABC TV last night that many tourists are cancelling their booking, although many destinations like Surfers have not been effected.
Their economy needs the tourists.
I expect that it is the same In New Zullnd. They need some australian visitors with some bloated Australian dollars to help prop up their economy.
Thats all we need now,
floods in Queensland, Victoria and WA (i didnt mention bushfires as they are man made), then a earthquake followed by a tsunami for SA, n what next for NSW??
I commend Premier Bligh for her down to earth style and show of human emotion which typifies the Queensland spirit of solidarity.
Some have told me it could be Nostradamus prediction pre-empting itself this year.
Some claim its the islamic curse on western society.
For me, im a realist.
These events are common in La Nina events, partly bolstered through the greenhouse effects.
With the general warming trends globally, here in Australia we can only look forward to more wetter summers up north and dry winters down south, especially WA.
As for earthquakes, they are a regular occurence worldwide. Youll get them in the Pacific rim and other places where two tectonic plates grind together.
Gary at G.
While many bushfires are man made, many are naturally ignited by lightning and are affected by prevailing weather conditions over which we have no control.Originally Posted by 342E232230263E3434470 link=1287130012/43#43 date=1299125250
While flooding of rivers is natural, it is not natural to have houses on flood plains.
The Hunter Valley and NSW North Coast had disastrous floods in the 1950/60ís. Since then house building has been stopped where they expect to get one or more floods in 100 years.
Brisbane authorities have had similar restrictions on development for only the past two years and have started to buy back and demolish houses in the worst flooding areas.
Floods have been with us forever.
The NSW town of Gundagai was completely wiped out by the 1852 flood. 80 to 100 people were drowned.
The town was rebuilt above flood level. Near where the dog sat on the tucker box.
Hexham, Kooragang & Parts of Shortland flood almost yearlyOriginally Posted by 446774747F59427368656768060 link=1287130012/44#44 date=1299198548
I am an ex Novacastrian* *;)
Or in the case of South Grafton, where I went through at least one flood in the 60s, they now have an 8 metre levee (the water got to 7.84m recently).Originally Posted by 0C2F3C3C37110A3B202D2F204E0 link=1287130012/44#44 date=1299198548
Man made lightning are mostly ignited near urban areas, meant to inflict media attention or by accident.Originally Posted by 63405353587E65544F42404F210 link=1287130012/44#44 date=1299198548
Nature caused lightning are usually out in the country which in a large part of Australia can be beneficial as the fires that ensue burns the bush and promotes regeneration of vegetation and, although it causes loss of wildlife at first, theres a burst of new life more than ever before.
I quite enjoyed the opening ceremony of the Sydney olympics where they told the story of bushfire regeneration.
Apologies if this is off topic.
Gary at G