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They seem to be holding the Australian Tennis Open in the middle of the night, when it's supposed to be cooler. Johanna Konta was complaining about having to be on court at 3am last week (!).
 

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Yucky. Don't envy you that, MM. Had dust every year at Renmark.

Only 46degC here today. Nice dry heat. Got a slab of coldies next to my recliner here, covered in ice. Test cricky on the telly. I'm happy as a nun sandwich.

The aircon pump's died, so liquid towels and industrial fans.

Stay cool, Oz people, any way you can. Cheers, big ears.
 

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Sydney. Which beach?

I'm gunna head to Moana later after dark. Can drive my car onto the sand. I expect a crowd - only got down to 28 last night, so everyone and his dog is outside.
 

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A pub in Elizabeth North has announced they'll hand out free beer to patrons for as long as the temp stays above 45.
Fuck that. They'd be swamped by zombies already. Mad idea. I expect at least 2 deaths by sundown. Headshaker.
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/thes...tiser&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=editorial

Free beer at Elizabeth North pub Red Lion Hotel if temperature goes above 45C
Robyn Douglass, The Advertiser
January 23, 2019 4:54pm
A pub in Elizabeth North has one way to ease the discomfort of the hot weather, offering free beer if temperature goes above 45C.
The Red Lion Hotel started their “beer-o-meter” last March, but the heat of the past few weeks has really tested the concept.
Above 40C, the price at the Red Lion drops to $3. Above 42C and the beer is $1. Over 45C and it’s free.

Red Lion Hotel in Elizabeth North, which has promised free beer if the temperature goes over 45C.

Publican Stephen Firth said weather is not that only thing that is running hot.

“The phones have been going mad with people ringing to verify it’s true,” he said.

”They can’t believe we are doing it.”

On Wednesday afternoon they had run out of glasses and were serving schooners. It’s the customer’s choice of beer on tap, too — only Stella is off the menu.

“If it gets over 42C, it’s $1 a pint. That’s still a good deal. I don’t know of any other pubs that are doing $1 pints,” Mr Firth said.


Paul Barnett is served a cheap beer by Ricki-Lee Cole at his local pub, Red Lion Hotel, Elizabeth North. Picture: Bianca De Marchi
Temperature is measured by the Bureau of Meteorology reading at Edinburgh — the closest gauge to the pub.

“If it goes over 45C for 10 minutes, then it’s free beer for 10 minutes,” Mr Firth said.

Adelaide’s 80-year heat record could topple on Thursday, the Bureau of Meteorology says, as the city and its healthcare system brace for a new maximum forecast of 45C in Adelaide on Thursday, and even higher elsewhere in the state.


Ceduna has already broken its record for the highest temperature, reaching 48.4C on Wednesday.
 

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Yucky. Don't envy you that, MM. Had dust every year at Renmark.

Only 46degC here today. Nice dry heat. Got a slab of coldies next to my recliner here, covered in ice. Test cricky on the telly. I'm happy as a nun sandwich.

The aircon pump's died, so liquid towels and industrial fans.

Stay cool, Oz people, any way you can. Cheers, big ears.
46? How many days over 40 have you had?
 

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We had two dust storms in December. I'm in the Southern Highlands in NSW so it's quite unusual for us to get one, let alone two.
My origins are Goulburn/Marulan LL, so I understand the bafflement...I really can't get my head around dust storms over the Highlands - the only times we'd get dust was when school finished for the year and the Crookwell hoons would do circle work on the school oval.
 

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46? How many days over 40 have you had?
Just the two consecutively this week, but more than that sporadically since Christmas.
Adelaide is now officially Oz's hottest capital. Yesterday was the hottest day ever. It was a horrible hot night. I'm surprised how well I feel today after a long night punctuated by only the odd hourly nap and waking up wet from sweat. Lots and lots of cold water and sitting in the cold bath.
 

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At the other end of the climate spectrum, Australian territories feature our highest peak - an island 3000km south west of Perth called Heard Island.
"Even if you could get to Australia's most remote island, chances are you still wouldn't quite see it.
The little-known landmass, Heard Island, hides in dense cloud for around 360 days a year.
The rare few who do reach this distant wonder are more likely to hear the gurgle of molten rock bubbling up through the island's violent core.
The active volcano on Heard Island, known as Big Ben, is adorned with vast glaciers stretching to the crashing waves of the ocean far below."


Incredible pictures at this link.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01...lias-mysterious-land-of-fire-and-ice/10713860
 

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My origins are Goulburn/Marulan LL, so I understand the bafflement...I really can't get my head around dust storms over the Highlands - the only times we'd get dust was when school finished for the year and the Crookwell hoons would do circle work on the school oval.
Crookwell, say no more!
 

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The heatwave sounds really bad. This article is about tributaries of the large Murray-Darling river system drying up. Thousands of dead fish at Menindee.

Reports of dead animals at dried up water sources &

Meanwhile, in Western Australia, the ABC has reported that as many as 2,500 camels have been shot in the Goldfields region, as they come in from the Gibson desert to congregate around water sources on remote stations.
 

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Sydney. Which beach?

I'm gunna head to Moana later after dark. Can drive my car onto the sand. I expect a crowd - only got down to 28 last night, so everyone and his dog is outside.
Lived at Aldinga - early seventies, and Sellicks was the go. Those stinking hot nights and days that run for 7 to 10 days Skinny, would see us down, sleeping on the beach with a few aristotles - stunned everytime by the night skies, even more on moonless nights.
 

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The heatwave sounds really bad. This article is about tributaries of the large Murray-Darling river system drying up. Thousands of dead fish at Menindee.

Reports of dead animals at dried up water sources &
Yes. Distressing scenes from Santa Theresa, east of The Alice. Dozens of dead brumbies (feral horses) in a dried up waterhole. The camels I could care less for - never got along with 'em. I know that's camelist. But the horses, there's just something closer about them. Poor buggers.
 

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Lived at Aldinga - early seventies, and Sellicks was the go. Those stinking hot nights and days that run for 7 to 10 days Skinny, would see us down, sleeping on the beach with a few aristotles - stunned everytime by the night skies, even more on moonless nights.
Ever spot anything incongruous up there? I'm outside for every clear dark sky I can get these days. No weirdness yet. The beauty and meaning up there is very special. I'm getting closer to something all the time. Learning the lores.
 

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The heatwave sounds really bad. This article is about tributaries of the large Murray-Darling river system drying up. Thousands of dead fish at Menindee.

Reports of dead animals at dried up water sources &
What pisses me off hunck is that at the headlands of the tributaries to the Murray Darling, they're measuring flows of 1,000+ mega litres every 24 hours but by the time it passes the major cotton farms it's down to Zero.

Terrible mismanagement.

Flows as at Nov/Dec 2018...

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And a map of where the cotton is grown - notice the great reduction of flow where cotton is grown in contrast to the headlands...A heads up. The Macquarie river flows through Dubbo (My shopping town) at 2,250 mL every 24 hours...that is 495,000,000 Gallons of water flowing every 24 hours past one point in the river.


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Within 200 kilometers of travel, that flow is less than 1mL (220,000 gallons) per 24 hours. needless to say, it travels through cotton country.

The real problem is that the rivers stop flowing and pool. We then have a rain event of, maybe, 1/2" of rain which washes point and none point nutrient loads into that localised part of the river.

Temp is around 25C, No flow, suspended sediment, nutrient load and BOOM! Cyano bacteria blooms appear. Microcystis usually. Neurotoxic to any multicellular being.

A prevailing aspect of Australian Summers.
 

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Ever spot anything incongruous up there? I'm outside for every clear dark sky I can get these days. No weirdness yet. The beauty and meaning up there is very special. I'm getting closer to something all the time. Learning the lores.
That experiencing, and that learning is an ongoing situation Isn't it Skinny...

I reckon that this life is just Kindergarten.

Shine On Mate.
 
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