The Spring Weather Banter Thread

ice_man

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Anyone else finding it amusing that both flood warnings AND a fire ban are in place today for Vic? Even if only slightly amusing.
 

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Yeah I heard that on the news this mornings, i'm a little surprised at the issuing of the fire ban, but the CFA must have a good reason for it. I thought those areas were still pretty wet?

Looks very windy and hot today, with some relief coming later tonight. It also felt like there was quite a bit of humidity still kicking around this morning too.
 

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Vermillion said:
Yeah I heard that on the news this mornings, i'm a little surprised at the issuing of the fire ban, but the CFA must have a good reason for it. I thought those areas were still pretty wet?

The Mallee and Wimmera regions largely missed out on the heavy rain that Melbourne and especially NE Vic and Gippsland have been getting over the past few months. Also the forecast temperatures for the region are in the mid to high 30s with low humidity.

As opposed to here in Gippsland where the humidity is incredibly high. We aren't getting much wind out here, either. Not a comfortable day.
 
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ice_man said:
Anyone else finding it amusing that both flood warnings AND a fire ban are in place today for Vic? Even if only slightly amusing.

Can I say its further evidence of the intensification of the hydrological cycle as predicted by AGW theory?
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Looks to be cold enough tomorrow night - if there's any juice left in it.
I'd suggest highlands in Tasmania will certainly be in for snow.
 

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Some serious storms pushing across us this morning. Wind was really up around 2-3am this morning, but so far not too much rain (unless you're under a storm). A good light show on the way to work with some serious fork action happening. The cells seem to be moving pretty quick though so I cant see the metro area gaining too many mm out of this. Gippsland on the other hand, and especially West and South Gippsland should do very well this morning. Right on the coast at Portland they're talking >20mm and up around Wagga some big storms produced >50mm but apart from that not much in terms of big totals.
 

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Yes very wet this morning.
Sadly the wild weather seems to have taken out a couple of kayakers who got caught up in the wild weather yesterday / overnight.
 

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http://www.theage.com.au/environment/water-restrictions-eased-in-melbourne-20111130-1o5sb.html

Water restrictions will be eased in Melbourne so residents can water lawns with trigger hoses.

Melbourne will return to stage one water restrictions tomorrow.

Residential and commercial gardens can be watered with manual watering systems between 6am and 8am and between 8pm and 10pm on specified watering days, while automatic watering systems can be used between midnight and 4am.

Hand-held hoses with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans may be used to water gardens and lawns at any time.

Hosing of concrete and hard surfaces remains banned.

Odd numbered houses can water gardens and lawns on odd dates and even numbered houses on even numbered days.

All residents can water gardens and lawns on the 31st of the month.


http://www.yvw.com.au/Home/Inyourhome/Waterrestrictions/index.htm
 
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Canberra got absolutely smashed last night. First rumble of thunder at about 6pm and it was honestly a constant background noise (and frequently much, much closer) until after 2am. It was one of the most incredible nights storms I've ever seen.

Will write more later though - have a uni lecture to get to just now.
 

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There was talk of it hitting Sydney around now, but no visible sign as yet. The radar looks rad though. Should be called a rad-ar.
 

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Moppitt said:
Canberra got absolutely smashed last night. First rumble of thunder at about 6pm and it was honestly a constant background noise (and frequently much, much closer) until after 2am. It was one of the most incredible nights storms I've ever seen

pics or it didnt happen!
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Agree, showers have cleared here. Clear sky now, should be a reasonably cool night.

Going by local rainfall records, this November out here appears to be one of the wettest on record.
 

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Yes in Cranbourne we had the wettest on record by the 19th of this month. I think we ended up >50mm over the wettest on record. Melbourne on the other hand recorded 110mm, which is above the 60mm average but well below the record of 203mm. I think almost all central areas of the state, Gippsland and the NE would have recorded >100mm for November, which is a good start.

It looks like we're going to be wet again from next Wednesday evening onwards. Early charts suggest >50mm again. The amount of growth in my garden and lawn is unbelievable!
 

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I'm not seeing it Verm. Perhaps later next week perhaps around the 10th.
GFS showing nothing much for next 7 or 8 days. EC perhaps something at 244 hours.
 

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Ultra said:
Moppitt said:
Canberra got absolutely smashed last night. First rumble of thunder at about 6pm and it was honestly a constant background noise (and frequently much, much closer) until after 2am. It was one of the most incredible nights storms I've ever seen

pics or it didnt happen!
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Fine then
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A radar grab I managed to get. It wasn't the best I saw, but for the bulk of the time my computer was off and unplugged and I was watching the radar on my phone. Interestingly, that cell in the top centre was moving due south, while everything else was heading to the SE. That happened a few times over the night. I don't think that makes it a supercell (there are a bunch of other factors there) but what was going on?

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One of mine. I didn't get any lightning pics - I have neither the equipment or talent to do so. I got some average quality video and did get a nice CG and a pair of parallel CC strikes though. This just shows the interesting cloud structure at one stage during it all.
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And some from the local rag.
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Heres the article: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/under-the-weather/2375457.aspx?storypage=0

Its got a couple of videos that show it better than mine do. Its interesting though, digital video cameras (well, a point and shoot stills cam and a pos phone camera) dont pick up the peripheral flashes. There was one stage where I was watching the storm from the middle video on that page and there was some cloud in the foreground that would be backlit with each flash, but there was a long, narrow, gap in it so that lit up every time. The camera didn't pick up any of that.
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There were plenty of strikes that were close enough see the glowing shaft of air break up after the strike and a few that were close enough to give that instant crackle before the main boom hits you - they were within about a km or so (less than 3 seconds on the old count trick). Actually, what is that early, quieter crackle? Something inside the cloud?

There were times when I would look around my field of view where I took that photo (its looking due south) and count 4 or 5 discrete cells going on. There was one stage where there was one close and to the west, one a fair way away to the right of it, one in the mid ground due south, one a long way away to the SW that kept nailing the same spot with CG strikes (wish I was closer to there...) and one to the WSW and reasonably close. I wish I got a radar grab of that though
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Its nights like that that remind me why I love the weather.
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