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Title: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on August 01, 2017, 18:45
Warm weather hitting central BC where the worst of the forest fires are ....... I'm on 3 days off from flying but it doesn't look good what I'll be coming back to ...... heat and wind is a bad combination!

The Prime Misiter stopped in to give a few words of condolence and to announce that the military will drag their feet in helping and that federal funds will be arriving as slow as molasses.  Then he left as he couldn't find any LGBT fire crew to pose for selfies with .....

http://globalnews.ca/news/3636411/b-c-wildfire-status-monday-more-than-426000-hectares-scorched-so-far/ (http://globalnews.ca/news/3636411/b-c-wildfire-status-monday-more-than-426000-hectares-scorched-so-far/)

I rode my Ducati Monster home ...... I rode through smoke and fire destruction for the first part of the journey. Many homes lost so far but much less than I expected ...... absolutely terrible fire conditions. I had a pass to get through the road closures but it didn't work when I got to the stretch of highway that was in the process of being burned over. Added 6 hours to my ride home when I had to backtrack. On the plus side ...... I was able to ride at 200+ kph for a few miles .......... absolutely zero traffic.

Stopped at a motel to see some flying buddies ..... the motel they are staying is covered in fire retardand dropped by the air tankers!
(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/924/nbX1WV.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/ponbX1WVj)
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There was a gas station here a few weeks back ......
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There are mountains in the background ..... you just can't see them for the smoke.
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Four lane highway ....... no cars ..... no cops ...... no speed limit .....!!!!!!
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Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: henrywillms on August 02, 2017, 20:20
Jim...how do you like the Monster? There is a 2002 Monster 900 for sale in Winnipeg with very low km for a reasonable price. Thought it may make a good "cafe" bike for shorter day trips. I am looking for something with a bit of personality, vs my Vstrom 1000 which has the personality of of  tupperware, but very good for my touring needs and on the rough pavement around here. My RGS Corsa restoration is going slower than planned dues to some challenges on the home front so I am missing a bike that gives you that "feeling." You seem to be using yours for touring so assume it is reasonably comfortable and okay range between gas stops (which can be few and far between on the back roads around here) ?? Is it a "fun" bike?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on August 03, 2017, 04:12
Your a really Sick Puppy Heli - Happy you have the youth, reliance and resources to enjoy Motorcycles well you can, because Stormy Weather and life can change expectations Vs Commitment .

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on August 03, 2017, 05:55
Your a really Sick Puppy Heli - Happy you have the youth, reliance and resources to enjoy Motorcycles well you can, because Stormy Weather and life can change expectations Vs Commitment .

Thank you Ron! I'm glad you see 60 as applying to youth. I may grow old but I'll never grow up! Full speed ahead ..... hair straight back.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on August 03, 2017, 06:02
Jim...how do you like the Monster? There is a 2002 Monster 900 for sale in Winnipeg with very low km for a reasonable price. Thought it may make a good "cafe" bike for shorter day trips. I am looking for something with a bit of personality, vs my Vstrom 1000 which has the personality of of  tupperware, but very good for my touring needs and on the rough pavement around here. My RGS Corsa restoration is going slower than planned dues to some challenges on the home front so I am missing a bike that gives you that "feeling." You seem to be using yours for touring so assume it is reasonably comfortable and okay range between gas stops (which can be few and far between on the back roads around here) ?? Is it a "fun" bike?

I quite like it and it is ..... for me ...... a not so long distance rider. The 2002 is very much the same as mine (2000)and I have small saddle bags, tank bag and tail bag. I can easily load up for a week away from home but not camping gear. I also have 3 exhaust systems so I can change the looks and personality from time to time. It isn't great for long distance with the stock seat (the 1000 km the other day knackered me) but I used to have a Corbin seat and I could do all day on that seat. Mine also has fully adjustable Showas and Ohlins rear. I can play with the settings plus drop the forks and/or lift the rear up to really change the handling. It really does have some character! I like my Guzzi V11 better for long distance but I really have no complaint except for the stock seat. Now if I could njust track down the guy who borrowed my Corbin seat .......
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on August 03, 2017, 19:05
fires in British Columbia keep getting bigger and closer to Alberta border, lots of smoke here in Calgary, poor air quality. Now the fires are licking at the edges of Banff National Park. Hotels are having to turn away tourists with reservations so as to accommodate fire crews. Highway's have been closed as fires encroach.

still hot here as well, only going up to 29 Celsius today, so a bit cooler, but still bloody hot and dry.

I have been avoiding riding west towards the mountains, no need to get in the way of fire crews and emnmergency services, and the smoke is really bothersome.

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on August 04, 2017, 05:57
fires in British Columbia keep getting bigger and closer to Alberta border

Yep ........ the fire I'm on took a 3 kilometer run at Alberta ....... only another 800 to go.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on August 14, 2017, 19:04
been so hot and dry all summer Alberta is now experiencing water shortages and water useage bans, and the wild fires are still burning to the point where it smells like a campfire here, and is relly hazy and smoky. Bloody hell......

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on August 14, 2017, 19:53
Paul, someone, somewhere must be getting the average of we two....Second flood in three weeks currently receding.
District wide state of emergency yesterday. Our property is still being pumped out from the first flood, water didn't get into the house but we're on septic tank waste disposal and the ground water level is high enough that's not working particularly well...
Roll on spring and summer - couple of farmers down the road have already got lambs.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on August 14, 2017, 20:25
The average seems to be here.
Wednesday glorious sunshine, Thursday suddenly it's winter.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on August 15, 2017, 02:39
A paddle steamer?  :o
You appear to be living in a time warp Grant.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on August 15, 2017, 04:55
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS_Waverley

And it has a Laverda connection too.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on August 15, 2017, 05:34
Because it's a 120° triple?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on August 15, 2017, 06:02
No, because one of the guys in the PSPS is a Laverda owner.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: maurice turner on August 15, 2017, 13:06
Hey Grant isn't there a paddle steamer on Loch Lomond as well?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on August 15, 2017, 13:10
Hey Grant isn't there a paddle steamer on Loch Lomond as well?


I think there used to be one on Windermere...
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on August 15, 2017, 13:21
Pretty sure there are a few around the place, but this is the last of the ocean-going passenger steamers.
This one gets around the country, see the link I posted above. Does stints in various locations.
I'm going for a trip on it next week, all being well. Look forward to seeing the engine and workings of such a ship. It goes doon the watter, around some islands, stopping off along the way and then back, around 8 or 9hr round trip.
Of course it will be glorious sunshine, still water and all that...
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on August 16, 2017, 01:16
No, because one of the guys in the PSPS is a Laverda owner.

Would that be yourself?
Next time I'm in Scotland I'll see if I can organise a trip on it.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on August 16, 2017, 05:47
Not me.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on August 16, 2017, 06:24
Not too cold a winters day at 31C, wish I had a pool!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on August 16, 2017, 08:30
Wish I didn't...
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on August 16, 2017, 12:01
I love this time of year in the UK, with the nights drawing in there is a chance for things to cool down, nice fresh start to the day and then warms up nicely - PERFECT!

Unfortunately the bloody kids are off school and swarming around everywhere!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on August 16, 2017, 21:39
Went to a funeral in the Lockyer Valley yesterday, nice Winters day....33C.

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on August 18, 2017, 23:49
It was cold and rainy yesterday. There was low cloud and I couldn't see the mountain for the bad weather, but I figured it was cold enough to be snowing up there.

This view greeted me when I looked out of the window at 7am this morning. Sunrise hitting the top of Mount Wellington. Thought it looked nice enough for a photo. The photo is taken from my dining room window looking west with the sun rising behind me.

There's a road up to the summit (the diagonal line you can see going across the face of the mountain) but I don't think I'll be riding the bike up there any time soon. Brrr ...

Cam
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: LJ-2 on September 17, 2017, 11:33
September, Devon.

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on October 07, 2017, 21:53
Just back home from 8 days in Auckland NZ. Weather was just like Melbourne this time of year. SW winds during the week slammed a car door I was getting into, right where I broke it, and it swelled up like a football >:(

8 days of troubleshooting two machines that were blowing electrical components almost daily. Turned out to be power spikes....... not happy Jan
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sonicboom500 on October 09, 2017, 12:59
Strangely mild in southern Scotland, still in regular overalls lying under eldest sons car on Saturday. They never really leave home.

Stuck a merino layer on for Sunday run round the Borders on the minimal wind protection red bike and overheated on the way back home.

Might put off the EV purchase a bit longer if this is Global Warming.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on October 10, 2017, 01:01
Weather improving in Tassie as spring warms up. Looking forward to some warm and dry rides over summer. Hopefully the mainland guys will get some good weather for their Tassie trip next month.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sonomalaverda on October 10, 2017, 06:52
Bad fires in Northern California. We were evacuated at 10h30 am today. Hopefully we will still have a home tomorrow. Makes me appreciate the work of firefighters, and some of the stories of fires devastating communities I have read of elsewhere in the world. ALEX
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on October 10, 2017, 07:04
Bad fires in Northern California. We were evacuated at 10h30 am today. Hopefully we will still have a home tomorrow. Makes me appreciate the work of firefighters, and some of the stories of fires devastating communities I have read of elsewhere in the world. ALEX

That's ironic, I just heard about that on the News on the radio a minute or two ago ........... best of luck
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on October 10, 2017, 07:52
Fingers crossed for Concours this weekend, hope you're all orgainsed to get down chrisk, what goodies are you bringing to the show?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on October 10, 2017, 17:18
Bad fires in Northern California. We were evacuated at 10h30 am today. Hopefully we will still have a home tomorrow. Makes me appreciate the work of firefighters, and some of the stories of fires devastating communities I have read of elsewhere in the world. ALEX

Saw that on the tv this morning. Not good ..... hope you get back home safe and sound. It is very, very hard to be forced out of your home on a moments notice.

I spent three months breathing smoke from the fires ........ some days were really bad. We didn't lose a large number of structures but we did lose many old bush cabins and lots of livestock were lost ......... although there are still some cattle showing up that managed to evade the flames. Huge impact on the forest industry with fires over one million acres in size ..... not sure how the sawmills will fare with the loss of wood and the new duties imposed on softwood.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sonomalaverda on October 11, 2017, 05:56
Mandatory evacuation lifted today. Santa Rosa bigger town nearby really badly hit. Big appreciation for firefighters. We are not 100% clear of danger yet , but looking better than yesterday. ALEX
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: tom3c75 on October 11, 2017, 07:03
Hey Alex,

I was browsing through these Reuters images earlier today and got to thinking about your safety when I saw the references to Sonoma.   Hope all stays well with you.

http://www.reuters.com/news/picture/thousands-flee-wildfires-in-california-idUSRTS1FT43

Tom
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on October 11, 2017, 13:00
Really shocking to see the effect of an Urban Fire Storm.
Hope the weather improves and the threat reduces soon.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on October 11, 2017, 18:08
Here are some before and after photos. I remember seeing the Fountaingrove Round Barn when I drove up through that area about 2 1/2 years ago.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/10/us/california-fires-maps-photos.html (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/10/us/california-fires-maps-photos.html)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: LJ-2 on October 11, 2017, 18:13
Devasting, ghastly, I hope all will be ok for you in Sonoma. Alex.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sonomalaverda on October 12, 2017, 06:20
Thanks all. I think it is touch and go; after evacuating on Monday am we were given the release / all clear yesterday pm, then earlier this pm big evacuation in Sonoma. Looks like two fires have risk of meeting. If they do will not be pretty. 3 bikes in the garage, we left with passports, birth certificates, laptops and title to the house. Family safe and the rest is " just stuff " in comparison but still effing stressful. Bigger and bigger appreciation for firefighters, and for the humanity of local community. Really is amazing seeing people help people. Motivates me into doing more when this is all over. Looters reported. I remember growing up in Italy, after earthquakes, the military were given orders to shoot to kill looters. Big 24 hours ahead. ALEX
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on October 12, 2017, 06:30
That is a crazy situation ...... I can't say I know how you feel but I spent the whole summer dealing with evacuations. Making me rethink everything here at home and getting me prepared for whatever comes.

The thought of looters I find very abhorring. I hope you are safe from all aspects of the extraordinary circumstances .......
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sonomalaverda on October 12, 2017, 06:53
Big thanks for the good wishes. 10 49 pm local California / Pacific time now . There is a live webcam on the SE corner of Sonoma Town Square looking north. Cannot see too much obviously as it is dark and only streetlamps to provide light but all seems quiet. Facebook minute by minute posts from people still there / remaining and one Twitter correspondent provide updates. It is a bit surreal watching it knowing I can do eff all about it. I know this is a Laverda forum but I have 3 in the garage so that's my excuse. Enough. And so to bed. ALEX
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on October 12, 2017, 06:57
Chin up Alex.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on October 12, 2017, 07:03
Best wishes Alex.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on October 12, 2017, 07:07
You did the right thing leaving early when it gets that bad nothing except major weather changes can stop it. Good luck mate.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sonomalaverda on October 12, 2017, 14:42
6 38 am local, Pacific. Home survived the night. Fires on ridge 1 1/2 - 2 miles East. Bulldozers grouped at fire station 1/2 mile away ready to go to work as needed. As someone noted on here, it's as much about the wind as anything else. Mercifully they were not strong overnight. Woke up at 4 am with the thought that I had left Italian registration papers for one of the bikes that is not yet registered but I just checked and they are in my backpack with passports. Phew.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Gravelroad on October 12, 2017, 17:22
Fucking nightmare that is, Alex. Good Luck.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on October 13, 2017, 03:10
Fires on ridge 1 1/2 - 2 miles East. Bulldozers grouped at fire station 1/2 mile away ready to go to work as needed. As someone noted on here, it's as much about the wind as anything else. Mercifully they were not strong overnight.

The dozer guard is brutal to the environment if you go by modern regulations ...... but pretty much the most effective way to stop a fire. The air tankers and helicopters are great if it's not windy but when it's rockin' and rollin' in the wind then the smoke lays down on the head of the fire so not much chance of direct attack there ...... and the wind makes the fire intensity pretty much unstoppable. Back fires can work but not when it is windy. It is a tough situation and at this point the best hope is Tanker 1 ...... also known as Mother Nature or aka RAIN. Doesn't look like much chance of that in the next week.

Hoping all is okay for you ....... the whole situation sucks.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on October 13, 2017, 15:12
Apparently we have an 'Ex' Hurricane on the way to the UK.
I bet old Fish Face is making sure it isn't called  hurricane either! (UK centric comment about a much maligned weather forecaster).
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on October 13, 2017, 16:45
I bet old Fish Face is making sure it isn't called  hurricane either!

Is this the gentleman in question?

(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2017/01/05/JS117164287-xlarge_trans_NvBQzQNjv4Bqxf0udJPckKC_3Kw9fqS3NdVSpfFxuU2jZG0HzVweans.jpg)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on October 14, 2017, 06:39
Is this the gentleman in question?
Yes! 
In 1987 he dismissed a viewers concern about a hurricane being on the way and predicted a bit of rain and wind. There was some serious devastation!

The town of Sevenoaks became Oneoaks overnight.

He never lived that one down!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: henrywillms on October 14, 2017, 17:55
First snowfall of the season here in "Winterpeg" as it is often called (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). It wont stay, and forecast is for mid to high teens C this week. I think this is the first year since 1982 I did not ride a Laverda. I am down to just the Corsa in the Laverda stable, and the restoration is taking longer to complete than it should based on unforseen/unrelated circumstances.  Had some good rides and a  nice 4 day trip on my Tupperware 1000 (Suzuki Vstrom 1000) though and looks like another ride or two will happen. November is coming....a month I detest...too cold for motorcycles and not enough snow for snowmobiles. Weatherwise we had a relatively quiet forest fire season locally, though a few northern communities (fly in only) had to be evacuated for a couple of weeks due to smoke from fires. Hopefully the California ones get contained soon. We had no serious spring flooding and no tornados. Farmers had a bumper crop based on excellent weather.  Likely all this good weather will mean a cold snowy winter!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on October 14, 2017, 18:31
First snowfall of the season here in "Winterpeg"

Winterpeg! Man it's cold out!

So far rain here in lower mainland BC ....... headed back to work for a few days ..... then driving to Mexico end of month. Would rather be riding but .........
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sonomalaverda on October 18, 2017, 04:07
Since Wednesday last week we have been under mandatory evacuation and our road closed to only emergency traffic. At 03h00 on Saturday the house 2 lots over ( Grant, less than 100 yards from where you slept .....) was burned to the ground by a flying ember from the fire line 1 1/2 miles away. Evac lifted earlier today so we will go home tomorrow. Expecting soot and smoke and wind damage but we are so much more fortunate than many others hit by this spate of Northern California fires.

We even had a fire crew from Australia come all the way over here and help. Effing amazing and so appreciated by everyone here. World class mates, world class effort.

Many thanks for all the comments on the forum and the support. As well as knowing more now about how fires are fought than I ever imagined I would, I am truly humbled by the selflessness of firefighters and how communities close and far can come together and help one another

First job is to clean up the home and garden, then see who else needs help, then take the bikes out for a ride.

ALEX
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on October 18, 2017, 04:45
What a lot don't realise is that Volunteer Fire Fighter standing at your place is probably a local whos own house is also threatened at the same time. They do great work.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on October 18, 2017, 06:30
Yes we do :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on October 18, 2017, 07:25
Get out and ride them Alex.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4510/37098666533_2296c29e8c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ywhn4B)2017-01-14 10.46.53 (https://flic.kr/p/Ywhn4B) by Grant Duguid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/137136978@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sonomalaverda on October 18, 2017, 23:31
Grant, the line of the Nuns fire to the north was the ridge you can see between the palm trees.

Will ride the bikes not this weekend but the next!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on October 25, 2017, 19:12
In Auckland and its cold and damp ...... choice bro.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: MotoJouni on October 26, 2017, 17:55
Autumn changed to winter in one night, snow everywhere and going to freeze.

Some spoke work with my 1984 finnish 50cc trial bike.
I suppose to assemble the wheels now with spike tyres,
no need to put the standard trial tyres back first.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on October 26, 2017, 20:59
32 in Adelaide today, winds gusting to 100kph and dry lightning strikes predicted. First Total Fire Ban of the season >:(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: MotoJouni on October 26, 2017, 22:10
32 in Adelaide today, winds gusting to 100kph and dry lightning strikes predicted. First Total Fire Ban of the season >:(
Australia, that's interesting country, never been there. I may even have relatives there since my great-grandfather lived there between world wars, no idea who they might be if they exist.

I have wondered a couple of things since I was on primary school and never got an answer to them.

I guess your months are named similar to all english speaking countries (names may have no more detailed meaning), in finnish some months are named according to what happens in that time of year and therefore the names would actually sound funny south from the equator. For example "June" is called "Summer month" in finnish.

Is the season there called summer what is on about December to February and is it called winter about from June to August?

Does the father christmas come on December and wears a t-shirt, shorts and sunglasses there? :)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: henrywillms on October 26, 2017, 22:20
First snow storm of the season here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Electrical power outages, people forgetting how to drive, and generally complaining about the winter weather. Riding season likely done as forecast is temps around freezing mark for the next week. The good news I have been focused on putting my Corsa back together. Fired it up yesterday to check I hooked up all the wires right, sinc the carbs, etc. Only engine work was valve shiming. As per advice on the forum I turned it over many many many times with the starter (plugs out and grounded) to get the oil to the head, as engine had been out of frame, oil cooler disconnected etc.  A few more days to tidy up the wiring, fiddle with the mounting hardware for the Executive Bags (man those are some feat of Italian engineering!) and get the newly painted body work back on.   
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on October 26, 2017, 22:41
G'day MotoJouni,
Yes, our months are the same as the rest of the english speaking world and summer runs from around the beginning of December until the end of March.
Stupid as it may sound, Father Christmas usually turns up sweating in full regalia while the rest of us stand around the barbie (BBQ) in t-shirts, stubbies (shorts) and thongs (flip-flops) sucking on a cold one or three (drinking beer).
Christmas down under, you wouldn't want to be anywhere else  :D :D.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: MotoJouni on October 26, 2017, 23:43
G'day MotoJouni,
Yes, our months are the same as the rest of the english speaking world and summer runs from around the beginning of December until the end of March.
Stupid as it may sound, Father Christmas usually turns up sweating in full regalia while the rest of us stand around the barbie (BBQ) in t-shirts, stubbies (shorts) and thongs (flip-flops) sucking on a cold one or three (drinking beer).
Christmas down under, you wouldn't want to be anywhere else  :D :D.
Thanks, that's interesting, this is really information almost no-one knows here  :)
Must experience that some day, Christmas down under, I think I still have some decades to do that :). I will tell greetings to father christmas how dork he is and buy him some t-shirts and stubbies since I live here quite near him and see him quite often anyway ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on October 29, 2017, 05:01
Does the father christmas come on December and wears a t-shirt, shorts and sunglasses there? :)

He does, but is usually on the piss by the time he gets here, lucky the reindeers can navigate him home. Not sure if being in charge of a sleigh is a DUI offence....
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on October 29, 2017, 07:44
In Melbourne for a few days work, surprisingly warm, t-shirt weather ......  8)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on October 29, 2017, 08:02
34c in Sydney today
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on October 29, 2017, 22:35
Does the father christmas come on December and wears a t-shirt, shorts and sunglasses there? :)

I dunno what he wears. The prick never comes to my place.  :(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on October 29, 2017, 22:41
Out at 05:30 this morning clearing a rock slide in thunder, lightning and hale. Adelaide; beautiful one day, pissing down the next.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sfcpiet on October 30, 2017, 00:14
Christmas down under, you wouldn't want to be anywhere else  :D :D.

Remember mum storing candles in the freezer before positioning them on our christmas trees.  Coming from cold and wintry Germany, she wasn't used to have them melt and droop because of the prevailing 100°+ (still °F back then!) temps... ;D

piet
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Smiddy on October 30, 2017, 08:23
Beautiful clears sky, not a breathe of wind -1 Celsius.
Fucking Gritters are out.
End of the Laverda season for me it seems. BUGGER!!!!
 :(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on November 05, 2017, 18:57
Calgary weather temperatures drop 43 Celsius between October 28 and November 4, 2017, from 24 C to -26 C. Bloody hell

https://globalnews.ca/news/3844300/calgarys-temperature-dropped-43-degrees-in-1-week/?utm_source=GlobalCalgary&utm_medium=Facebook

my Triumph Spitfire car got caught out by the rapid weather shift, is now frozen into a snow drift......

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on November 05, 2017, 19:41
my Triumph Spitfire car got caught out by the rapid weather shift, is now frozen into a snow drift......
The Spitfire does that every year!
I would get a tree branch and give it a damn good thrashing until it bucks it's ideas up!  ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on November 05, 2017, 22:30
Coming from cold and wintry Germany, she wasn't used to have them melt and droop because of the prevailing 100°+ (still °F back then!) temps... ;D

piet

I have the occasional droop issue after a few beers, but, there's no way I'm putting it in the freezer. :o
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AJ on November 05, 2017, 22:54
I have the occasional droop issue after a few beers, but, there's no way I'm putting it in the freezer. :o
I would get a tree branch and give it a damn good thrashing until it bucks it's ideas up!  ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on November 08, 2017, 07:21
Little to do with weather I suspect, but this incident made me think of our forum mate helicopterjim who has been contributing to this thread with his accounts of flying around dousing forest fires.

A very experienced helicopter pilot crashed and was killed at Hobart Airport yesterday.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-08/rotorlift-roger-corbin-pilot-killed-in-hobart-airport-crash/9128098 (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-08/rotorlift-roger-corbin-pilot-killed-in-hobart-airport-crash/9128098).

I didn't know him well but he was a member of the Italian Motorcycle Club of Tasmania (as am I). I'd met him a few times on ride days and had been to his bike shed a couple of times. Only man cave I ever saw that had a helicopter parked on a helipad outside! He was a nice bloke and a family man with a wife and 3 girls. Very sad.

No news on what caused the crash yet. He was training a student pilot at the time. I'm not an aviator, but it seems to me the problem with aircraft is that you can't pull over to the side of the road if something goes horribly wrong. They just fall out of the sky.

Jim, I hope all your landings are ones you can walk away from.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on November 20, 2017, 23:37
Stuck in Townsville awaiting machine spares to arrive, shit weather rainy, humid and I'm bored. I'd go visit people, but I don't know any prick here anymore  ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on November 20, 2017, 23:59
You could visit Tom Hatrick (Mikuni Oz, 93 Ingham Road, Townsville) and buy some Mikuni stuff.

Beautiful day here in Hobart. 28°C and sunny. Nice day for a ride but I'm otherwise committed - off to the blood bank shortly (making a deposit, not withdrawal).
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on November 21, 2017, 00:03
35 and windy in Adelaide. waiting for the next crop fire. :(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on November 21, 2017, 06:13

A very experienced helicopter pilot crashed and was killed at Hobart Airport yesterday.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-08/rotorlift-roger-corbin-pilot-killed-in-hobart-airport-crash/9128098 (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-08/rotorlift-roger-corbin-pilot-killed-in-hobart-airport-crash/9128098).


Bugger ...... checked with an Australian pilot friend of mine and he knows him from many fires ...... well known fellow. Very sad news.

Went to an end of season debrief meeting today held by the forest service here and for the crazy, hectic year we had there was only one accident in the district. The pilot was injured but not sure how he has fared since. Other than many incidents and several close calls ...... this is better than expected result for such an out of control season. No lives were lost due to any of the fires and for the millions of hectares burned the number of structures lost was in the hundreds ....... and over half were farm outbuidings ..... not homes.

Hope to heck that next year we have less fires and even less incidents .......
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on November 22, 2017, 00:51
Blimey, I think I'm suffering from heat stroke. It's 30°C here with not a breath of wind or cloud in the sky. I was mucking about under the bonnet of my car trying to fix a little problem. Car was parked in the sun because it won't fit in my shed. It being a dark colour, the bonnet and mudguards (fenders) in the sun got too hot to touch and the sweat was getting in my eyes and dripping off my nose. I got a massive headache and started to feel a bit unsteady on my feet so retired indoors with a bottle of water and the air-con on full cooling. Feeling a little better but still got the headache. Reckon I'll have leave it until the evening when the car is in the shade to finish the job.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on November 22, 2017, 01:13
Sheer luxury! Thirty five and windy in the Adelaide Hills. wat outside brush-cutting a fire break when the whirly bit on the Stihl disentigrated. Off to Balhannah to get a new one :(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on November 22, 2017, 02:32
I'm usually OK with heat but I let myself get a bit dehydrated. Not a good idea on a hot day.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on November 22, 2017, 02:50
I don't know if it is us getting older or the weather being more extreme but heat never worried me much but these days you can get beyond the hydration curve so easily and once it starts you go down fast and it can kill or damage you for life. I am seriously thinking chilled camelback in the tank bag this year, never left home without one offroad but I think its time for the road bike now as well. Did some Tassie days without carrying and regretted it especially where we did that bushwalk with riding gear on.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on November 22, 2017, 02:53
You need one of those posters firies have on their dunny doors, helps you monitor your piss colour and hydrate to suit.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on November 22, 2017, 05:48
Winter is coming with North West winds from Alberta to the North Shore.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on November 22, 2017, 06:55
Looks like some areas of the South Island will be in full on drought before Christmas...
Wettish spring, I've mowed the lawns (ha) twice now and they're browning off already. Usually not till mid December.

If we don't get rain, this summer may be worse than last - where the fire danger got higher here than we've ever seen it.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Lee87H on November 23, 2017, 16:12
It's beautiful here in upstate New York, with a warm up coming next week, will get the SF2 out for a few more rides
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: MotoJouni on November 23, 2017, 19:06
Quite much snow today. Sounds I should send a pallet of it to you guys there down under :)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on November 26, 2017, 04:01
31c and breezy on Magnetic Island, been here for 4 days awaiting machine parts from Sydney.... it's pretty tough to take, snorkelling on a reef, did a fishing charter, drank lots of wine and beer, and sit here at an outside bar waiting for my lunch to be put in front of me, while downing Schooners.

Once I've had lunch, I'll head back to my villa pool and perv... oversee the female swimmers... It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.  :P
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on November 26, 2017, 04:28
did a fishing charter

Sure that wasn’t a hand line dropped in at the end of the jetty? ::)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on November 27, 2017, 03:13
A rainy day in Tasmania:

I was intending to ride to the Ross Motorcycle Show on Sunday (Tassie midlands - about 150 km away). It's an annual event and I usually ride one of my bikes there. The previous evening I prepped the Benelli ready to go - checked battery, oil, tyres, fuel, etc. But when the time came to set off in the morning, it was raining. Being a wimp I took the car instead. I figured if I was driving the car anyway, I might as well hitch the empty bike trailer in case some unfortunate soul on his old classic clunker breaks down on the side of the road and needs rescuing.

It's the one day in the year when old buggers drag rusty, wheezing old things like BSA slopers and flat tank Nortons out of the shed and take them to the show. A lot go on trailers or in vans, but there are a few purists who actually ride their old rattlers. Pretty much every year I see some old contraption that's died on the side of the road, with the rider standing next to it looking dejected.  I'm usually on a bike myself so can't offer much more than moral support.

This year it would be different. I had the means to scoop them up off the side of the road and transport them and their ailing motorcycle back home.

As it happened, the little bit of rain we had in the morning held off for most of the day so the show itself was not disrupted. But it turned into a torrential downpour later in the afternoon when people were on the road home. There was about 10 minutes when I could hardly see the road in front of me with the wipers going on high speed. Traffic on the highway slowed down to about 50kph because of the poor visibility. The rain was heavy enough to knock birds out of the sky.

Just as I was wondering how much water you need to drown Lucas electrics, I received a phone call from a mate to tell me that some other bloke's bike had conked out. He gave me the location and when I got there, sure enough it turned to be a bike fitted with Lucas (Prince of Darkness) electrics - a Silver Jubilee Bonneville with its electrical system totally non-functional. To be fair, I don't know whether it was actually rain-related or some other issue. Nobody seemed keen to perform detailed diagnostics in the pouring rain, so we just loaded the bike on the trailer and got going ASAP.

His mates on a Brough Superior, a Vincent Rapide and a Triumph Hurricane made it home OK.

It was an interesting day.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on November 29, 2017, 00:45
Sure that wasn’t a hand line dropped in at the end of the jetty? ::)

No, not Picnic Point, Gowrie Bay.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Richard 180.S2 on November 29, 2017, 02:29
Its cold in Singapore today, only 28c, the monsoon has brought some relief. Been here 7 years now and not once worn a pullover. Life's a bit@h isn't it?

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on November 29, 2017, 02:45
Bloody hell, not yet summer in Adelaide and the temp is 38 with high humidity, feel as if I'm in the Northern Territory!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on November 30, 2017, 09:40
We mexicans (Victorians, for those who are from other than Oz  8)  ) have been given our very own Weather thread by Marty in Sydney - dire forecasts of Noah-like floods!!  :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on November 30, 2017, 10:12
We mexicans (Victorians, for those who are from other than Oz  8)  ) have been given our very own Weather thread by Marty in Sydney - dire forecasts of Noah-like floods!!  :o :o :o :o
Every time it rains now it's a "weather event" and apparently the end of the world ::)

Mind you, Melbourne needs to do something about that drainage, seems to flood on a sun shower :o
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 02, 2017, 21:15
Mind you, Melbourne needs to do something about that drainage, seems to flood on a sun shower :o

They tried that many many years ago. Now, what were Melbournes southern suburbs, are known as Tasmania.

Looking at the radar for said southern suburbs, looks like Tassie is about to sink.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 02, 2017, 23:23
Looking at the radar for said southern suburbs, looks like Tassie is about to sink.

Yes, it's been a bit soggy here since last weekend. But we've had a long dry spell so anyone with a dam or water tank will be happy. The frog pond in the reserve next door to my house has been dry for a couple of years, so maybe this will put a smile on the frogs' faces too.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 07, 2017, 01:26
With reference to my previous post about the poor frogs having no water in their pond, you can all stop worrying.

The recent rains have delivered an abundance. When I go outside in the evenings now, all I can hear is a gazillion frogs happily croaking away. It's nice to hear them again after a couple of years of silence. I presume they survive the dry periods by burrowing into the mud at the bottom of the pond and going into hibernation.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 07, 2017, 03:53
With reference to my previous post about the poor frogs having no water in their pond, you can all stop worrying.

The recent rains have delivered an abundance. When I go outside in the evenings now, all I can hear is a gazillion frogs happily croaking away. It's nice to hear them again after a couple of years of silence. I presume they survive the dry periods by burrowing into the mud at the bottom of the pond and going into hibernation.

Yes.

You are partially correct.

Frogs hibernate to escape the freezing temperatures of winter. Their heartbeats and breathing slow, their body temperature drops to nearly match the outside temperature, and they pass the time in a state of dormancy or torpor. Aquatic frogs hibernate under water and take in oxygen from the water through their skin. They spend most of the winter lying on top of the bottom's mud or partially buried in mud, regurgitating their last meal and consuming it again.

You see Cam, it's the difference between a Frogologist and a Mechanical Engineer .......... Frogologist's don't consider reciprocating mass, just regurgitating mess.
On the other hand, a Spring Peeper Frog ............. well that's another story.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 07, 2017, 04:29
On the other hand, a Spring Peeper Frog ............. well that's another story.

As is the Mexican staring frog of southern Sri Lanka

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mexican_Staring_Frog_of_Southern_Sri_Lanka (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mexican_Staring_Frog_of_Southern_Sri_Lanka)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 07, 2017, 04:34
As is the Mexican staring frog of southern Sri Lanka

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mexican_Staring_Frog_of_Southern_Sri_Lanka (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mexican_Staring_Frog_of_Southern_Sri_Lanka)

True, yet not true  ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on December 07, 2017, 06:26
Not good for frogs here. 2nd week of official summer and it's been over 30C for that time here. Moving quickly into drought...

The Southern Classic festival last weekend at Levels, Timaru, was hot as hell. Enormous entries too.
No Laverdas running but what used to be Paul Dyas SFC750 was on display again. Now I understand in the Invercargill Motorcycle Museum. Pity as it won't be used.

Can tassie spare us some rain please....
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 12, 2017, 04:47
Very pleasant 36 C outside at the moment, light breeze, very low humidity. Different tomorrow, mid forties for the Adelaide Plains with winds at 50 kph, could be a few problems :'(.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on December 12, 2017, 07:02
Well our record spell without rain - 46 days - has been broken. Still drizzling here which has dropped the fire danger considerably....
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Cosi on December 12, 2017, 09:45
Well our record spell without rain - 46 days - has been broken. Still drizzling here which has dropped the fire danger considerably....
46 days. What's the doctor got planned for NZ
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on December 12, 2017, 12:43
We had a bulk delivery yesterday in SE UK!
I believe it rained continuously all day (with a bit of sleet and snow chucked in).
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Lee87H on December 12, 2017, 13:12
Light snow then turning to rain here in upstate New York
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on December 26, 2017, 18:41
here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

minus 30 Celsius Christmas Day driving home from relatives Christmas dinner, with wind chill added in closer to minus 40 C.

December 26 today, warmed up to minus 28 C so far, and lots of snow.

Moving house on January 3, 2018, and weather so far is indicated to remain cold here into the new year. Have hired two moving firms, one with a heated truck to take the stuff that simply cannot be allowed to freeze, the other movers to take the bulk of the stuff that will not be harmed (hopefully) by freezing solid during the transition.

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 26, 2017, 19:43
On the beach at Collaroy, max 24 yesterday, sun is out this morning, looking forward to a day on the beach. Beer is cold and the house we are in is right on the beach.
Bliss  ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 26, 2017, 21:10
39 C in Adelaide today, a tad warm ::)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: henrywillms on December 27, 2017, 05:15
Minus 40 c here as well (with windchill) so too cold to even snowmobile. Dog does not give a shit and still wants it's walk. In the shop I am addressing the run out on my new rear disk for the Corsa. For whatever reason the flat surface on the wheel hub the disk carrier bolts to is not flat. Wasnt a problem for 33 years but the new disk is not running true. 4 more months of winter should give me time to fix it......
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 27, 2017, 05:24
-25C here on the North Shore - Like -35C with windchill.

The JEEP would not start and NO block heater ;o(

WIll require a boost or a battery charge to get running.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 27, 2017, 06:17
Nice sunny evening here in Hobart. First of the Sydney-Hobart yachts is estimated to finish at about 8pm if it can maintain its present speed. The finish like is across the river from my house so I have a good view. There's still plenty of daylight at 8pm this time of year, so with a bit of luck we'll see the finish. It's not much of a spectator sport when they finish in the middle of the night.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on December 27, 2017, 07:37
Nice sunny evening here in Hobart. First of the Sydney-Hobart yachts is estimated to finish at about 8pm if it can maintain its present speed. The finish like is across the river from my house so I have a good view. There's still plenty of daylight at 8pm this time of year, so with a bit of luck we'll see the finish. It's not much of a spectator sport when they finish in the middle of the night.

Wear an Orange Laverda shirt and we'll see if we can spot you in the TV reporting....

Christmas day, hot - 31C - and windy. Fire midafternoon about 2km downwind from us. About 200 Ha burned but no houses lost - don't know how they managed that as you can see hedgelines and gardens within 2m of the houses gone.
New management system in place which appears to have worked very well. 5 choppers on site inside half an hour...
Had light rain since which has eased things considerably....
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: martymoose on December 27, 2017, 08:33
Sitting on the verandah of my sisters farmhouse in dwellingup which backs onto a jarrah forest, nice breeze 22 degrees. West Australian sun seems very fierce, but the breeze is keeping the temps down. Lots of forest trails to ride on a little 175cc yammie although deep sand keeps you on your toes. Beer fridge was well stocked when we arrived before Xmas but I reckon we will have to head out for supplies soon.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on December 27, 2017, 09:59
Nice sunny evening here in Hobart. First of the Sydney-Hobart yachts is estimated to finish at about 8pm if it can maintain its present speed. The finish like is across the river from my house so I have a good view. There's still plenty of daylight at 8pm this time of year, so with a bit of luck we'll see the finish. It's not much of a spectator sport when they finish in the middle of the night.

Live feed here


https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1599234513453640&id=270564456320659
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Post by: markQLD on December 27, 2017, 10:10
Live feed here 
, or here.. 

http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/tracker/
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: nick7 on December 27, 2017, 10:45
Hrizontal hail here on the beach at Saunton sands Devon...springer loves it but we have to walk backwards😁
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 27, 2017, 11:20
Winds got fickle in the Derwent Estuary, which is quite normal when the sea breeze fizzles out at dusk. It was getting quite dark by the time the first yacht (Wild Oats XI) finished at 9:45 pm (new race record by several hours). Comanche finished about 15 mins later.

Strange that the tracker website doesn't show either boat as finished yet, but the finish gun definitely went off.

My iPhone was struggling to get a photo in the dim conditions.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on December 27, 2017, 12:20
Hrizontal hail here on the beach at Saunton sands Devon...springer loves it but we have to walk backwards😁
Can't beat that, but perhaps equal - sleet and snow without laying and blowing a hooley in Lympne. About 0 oC.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: stevepm2011 on December 28, 2017, 20:54
Around 0C in Bonn, so no motorcycling. Went flying instead.
Rewarded by brilliant sunshine further south.
The Piper has a seriously good heater, fries my socks.  But it smells of oil....the rate of climb was really good, though, due to cold, dense air.
In the workshop, the Atlas OR600 is waiting for me to remove the carb, and fix the dodgy electrics.
I have been charging batteries in rotation, and ordered another LiPo battery for the Jotas to share.
Roll on April...
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on December 29, 2017, 04:58
I don't start taking cold weather seriously until it get down around minus 30 Celsius. I am taking the present weather here in Calgary very seriously, bloody minus 40 Celsius can kill you if you do not dress appropriately, keep a full tank of fuel in a well maintained vehicle, and stay prepared. Still packing for our upcoming house move, present weather is making dealing with anything outside a serious pain in the behind......... :o ::) Local ski resorts have the lifts closed, too cold to risk people dying on the ski hills, bloody hell. :( :(

on a different note, I had to fire up the 72 Triumph Spitfire convertible that was frozen into a snow drift in the driveway as it was in the way of my getting my SUV and trailer close enough to the house to load some really heavy things, took a little persuasion (ether spray into the dual carbs) but the old Spitfire fired up. After it warmed up I took it for a slide around the neighbourhood, doing "donuts" in the cul de sac, I suspect it was the only Triumph Spitfire running in minus 30 Celsius anywhere in the world today ;D ;D

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on December 29, 2017, 05:28
Did you have the top down?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on December 29, 2017, 16:45
Did you have the top down?

laughing out loud, that would have been a step too far, even for me...........
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 30, 2017, 00:28
Did you have the top down?

At that temperature I reckon the vinyl would have cracked if he'd have folded it down.

Reminds me of a bloke I met on an expedition to Antarctica who made a windsurfer to use on the ice. It was a like a big skateboard with ice skates instead of wheels, and it used a normal windsurfer type sail. First time he took it out for a sail it was probably -30C or thereabouts. The sail filled with wind and he took off like a rocket across the ice. It was all good until he tacked. As he flipped the sail around, the cloth had to bend the other way, and the clear plastic window in the sail shattered like glass.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on December 30, 2017, 01:44
At that temperature I reckon the vinyl would have cracked if he'd have folded it down.

Reminds me of a bloke I met on an expedition to Antarctica who made a windsurfer to use on the ice. It was a like a big skateboard with ice skates instead of wheels, and it used a normal windsurfer type sail. First time he took it out for a sail it was probably -30C or thereabouts. The sail filled with wind and he took off like a rocket across the ice. It was all good until he tacked. As he flipped the sail around, the cloth had to bend the other way, and the clear plastic window in the sail shattered like glass.

yeah, at minus 30 Celsius and below things get weird, materials properties change, things can get really brittle. In the case of the Spitfire, however, I could not have put the top down as it the car is presently fitted with a factory original hardtop, with a glass rear window and glass side vent windows. Amazing how much heat can be generated by the brand new puny little heater core in the firewall, the car has remained in regular use down to about minus 15 Celsius while the roads were still dry, only got parked when we got heavy snow.

on a positive note, minus 28 c at the moment, but looking at local forecasts, predictions for our home moving days January 2 and 3, 2018 are supposed to see temps rocket up to around 0 or so, will be like a heat wave, I will likely be wearing my shorts........

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on December 30, 2017, 17:31
too cold to let the Penguins outside at the Calgary Zoo. Hilarious. Only minus 25 C at the time. Much colder to day.

https://globalnews.ca/news/3938393/its-so-cold-in-calgary-its-too-chilly-for-penguins-at-the-calgary-zoo/
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 30, 2017, 21:27
If you have seen footage of Emperor Penguins on the  Antarctica Peninsular with the male sitting on its egg to me that sounds a bit odd. It looks way colder than -25 in the films.Stupid me, It helps if you read Pauls link, not emperor Penguins.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 31, 2017, 00:04
Hypothermia is a risk for penguins even in their natural environment. I've seen penguins that have evidently frozen to death. Chicks are most at risk but it can happen to adult birds too.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Davo on December 31, 2017, 04:11
Gotta be cold on the east coast US at the moment. Thresher sharks washing up on the beach frozen solid in Maine, turtles getting hypothermia in Galveston.

Here in west Oz it is hot, hot, stinking hot.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 31, 2017, 04:15
Placed a 100W lite Bulb against the Oil pan of my Jeep with a 10 Hr trickle charge on the Battery plus a cup of Methyal Hydrate in the tank  and she fired right up  -  FUCK  the Block heater - Old School at - 25C.

Gotta love the old Bosch Lamba system as long as the Fuel Pumps and Fuel lines don't rot out or your head gasket isn't blown ;o)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 31, 2017, 04:32
The first time I went to the Aussie ski fields was for work, 10 day rush to finish Kerry Packer's lodge in the Perisher Centre, he owned the rights to the whole resort at the time. I drove down from Sydney and stopped at Jindy and asked if I needed antifreeze up there. The bloke said no but I bet he didnt know I was sleeping up there for a week. So it snowed the first night and 6 out of the 10 carpenters cars had there blocks freeze and blew out welsh plugs. Pure luck not mine. It got to -7c that night. For me a record at the time, 30 years of sking later still cold but not a record
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Post by: Laverda SF on December 31, 2017, 05:02
Vince: You a Skiier so was I:

Took all Ontario Salom and a descent in GS but I flew off the Mountains in Down Hill because l was 5'II" and only weighed 140lbs.

Was a Camera man with a 16mm Bolex strapped to me drop from Copters chasing 18 year olds when I was 22 for the Canadian National Ski Team outta Baniff back in 72.

Nice to meet a fellow Skier on this forum because we know the only 3 or 4 ones, including you, on top of a mountain with ski's, whom you probably never met from all over the world, are only their there for one reason and that is to control your fall off the mountain and survive.

Wish I was that young and daring again but been there and did it ;o)

Falling off Mountains on Skis was my primary sport, then Berganzie's and Golf  - My handi-cap was "0" and I destroyed most course records.

My NITCH Ski Combo was Solomon SX Equipe Boots, Castle 205/210 or 215's CMP Comp II Pros ski's and the Marker Rotor Mat harness with Scott Poles. Lang boots, Look Harness and Head Ski's were suicide for me.

I really enjoyed the Rossongol 185 Equipe Ski on Bunny slopes when practicing.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 31, 2017, 05:44
Just for fun for me, did a trip to The USA and skied lots of Cal and Utah. So much better than Oz, snow quality was amazing. And then I did a Canadian trip, not so good. First run at Whisler on a bunny hill I had a really small fall. It's much harder to get up when its flat and my skis were tangled. I lifted a leg to straight then and POP. Did my right ACL. Skied down real slow keeping my knee as vertical as I could, next day it was 2 times its size and I couldn't walk. Bought a brace and headed home. 6 months of physio and it was 99% and I still skied for another 15 years but not so much now.No access to cheap accommodation, its crazy expensive in Oz.I was so addicted to it, almost as good as a great bike run on a great road, way more women involved as well
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 31, 2017, 06:22
Vince: It's dificult to keep this WinSE machine on target can't wait to get back into an i7 platform.

Believe me I hurt myself badly skiing spending all night soaking in a tub of Hot water or Ice to kill the swelling of broken ribs, wrenched esophagus bleeding from the mouth but mostly sprained ankles and knee's just to get back on the Mountain.

Don't say Girls are not great skiers - I personal knew Nancy Green (Gold Medalist) and Virgia Cockrane (Bronze Medalist). I grew up with Virginia on the slopes of Levack Ontario and I met Nancy Green with her new Husband (Jean Killy - Gold Medalist Down Hill) on the slopes of Collingwood were we attempted to do some Kit Skiing when it developed.

To be young again and know better - LOL

BC Hills: Whistler was in the planning stage back then - The only run I chicken out on was the east slope of Norquay yet I could handle the the Goats Eye/Angle Face at Sun Shine.

You can't help but Love the Ski Gals.

I was the Movie Guy Skiing with these Fanatics with a 16mm Bolex strapped to me working for Chromlex at the time.

What is really neet about them memories was that I was 22 years old driving a 340 Challenger Rally Mag with FREE flights to any where in North America because I was a sponsored Skier by Demarco Sporting Goods in Sudbury Ontario and worked for Chromolex making $40,000 a year - I spent many nights couped up in Solarium suites of the Best Canadian Ski Resorts at one time for Free because everyone knew I was a Skier.

The job burnt me out after 3 years because I was always on call with a 20 minute notice to board a flight to heaven knows where and my equipment would sent on a following flight.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 31, 2017, 06:43
I leaned my Double Black lesion at Snow Bird, I made a left turn onto one of those thinking it might be a quick way to the bottom, steep as hell and rock hard huge moguls. We have plenty of non groomed hills at Threadbo and I could get down them in one way or another, not this one. Tried sideslipping but the mogals were way to close and as I said rock hard and there was no other way out. Didnt die but thought I might.
Absolutely loved the groomed corduroy in the USA, very fast GS turns. Massive fun. Found some thy deep powder at Park City, we get what we call powder occasional but it soon turns into deep wet sludge that you can hardly turn in. I could actually turn in this Park City stuff, still makes me smile thinking about it.What I learned from those trips is snow condition is so important to what makes a trip worthwhile.We might get 3 great days here a season.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 31, 2017, 07:09
Snow Skiing is learning, with humongous practice, to fall off a mountain without getting killed.

I haven't skied since 1988 when I got married - Now I'm just too old and aching muscles twitch for something I once did - but I can say I've been there and did it ;o)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 31, 2017, 10:38
As a kid I had to have a set of Dynamic VR 17 skis with Nevada Look bindings just like Jean Claude Killy's, Last pair of boots were Strolz, cost a fortune.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 31, 2017, 10:58
They are imported by that chemist bloke at Avalon,Larry Adler, foam filled. Out of my price range. My last set of skis were a pair of the newer parabolics at 175. Point your toes and they would turn, and still stable at speed.
Maybe I should have stumped up the cash for those boots. The Salasmans I had were expensive but xxx I would lose both big toenails every bloody year. Didnt matter what work I had done to them, Orthodics, pushed about, ground out, nothing fixed it,2 black big toes nails and 6 months later off they came every years for a good 10 years.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 31, 2017, 20:05
Yep, got them from Larry Adler's, I was living in Avalon at the time. Haven't skied since moving to SA 25 years ago, still got a pair of 210 cm Dynasters in the shed, they look long and skinny compared to modern tackle, bit like Laverdas.
Spent big money on boots  because the old saying was that a good skier could ski with good boots and crap skis but not the other way round. Used to take my skiing seriously.
Wonder if anybody has noticed the similarity between motorcycling and skiing.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on December 31, 2017, 21:09
minus 41 Celsius overnight, warmed all the way up to minus 28 C today. Western Canada is supposed to warm up dramatically within two days as all our really cold air gets pushed east to hang over central and eastern Canada. Have been dreading having to deal with a house move at minus 30 C, fingers crossed that the weather actually warms up for our move Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week.

reading all the skiing posts made me smile. I am also a skier, just slower these days. Youngest son during his teens was a champion ship winning competitive snowboarder, I used to be able to keep up to him, not any more......... Falling down hard skiing is almost as bad as falling down hard on a motorcycle race track, I find I just do not bounce back as well or as quickly as I used to, and it seems to hurt more now, bloody hell.......

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: maurice turner on January 01, 2018, 19:14
Very wet and humid but a pleasant 24 degrees on the west coast of the north Island in N Z
No bikes no damm bikes I am going crazy☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Brett on January 01, 2018, 20:08
Very wet and humid but a pleasant 24 degrees on the west coast of the north Island in N Z
No bikes no damm bikes I am going crazy☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️
We had your song playing for ya in Yogi's shed New Years Eve if that helps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5W60sJ-z8E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5W60sJ-z8E)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on January 03, 2018, 01:06
FUCK Jean Killey's endorsment of the LOOK Nevada Heel piece and Head Ski's  (It's JUNK).

- LOOK's won't release under you tension adjustment when iced -
  Breaks kness and ankles.

- And the killer is the LOOK clip that holds the heel  piece "SPRINGS and WARPS - Then Disappears" dislogdess your heel from the Ski.

Marker Rotor Mats where the BEST.

Never trusted Salmons bindings either.

GO ROTAMAT and save broken bones and hospital time.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on January 03, 2018, 01:21
Very wet and humid but a pleasant 24 degrees on the west coast of the north Island in N Z
No bikes no damm bikes I am going crazy☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️

Well further south it's bloody hot....But friday is practise day for the NZGP meeting here - and it looks like being wet.

Yes, down here we need the rain, but with the run of wet meetings lately, the country's gonna run out of wet race rubber soon.

Practise day is the only day I usually go to that meeting. I don't have much running at Nationals now - only a couple of sidecar motors - so it's just catching up with people I haven't seen since last year. Much less pressure on practise day.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 03, 2018, 01:48
We are heading towards a 45c weekend here in Sydney, bit cloudy with storms about today. Warmish at 25c. The bloody rear tyre I need still isn't around, supposed to happen Tuesday, not holding my breath.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on January 03, 2018, 12:27
Either side of no temperature at all here, plus a few - 0 - minus a few. Snow, slush, ice, snow, rain, ice....Bloody pox. If it is going to be winter it is best it makes it´s bloody mind up. Weather gods, not what they used to be.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: 19753C(E) on January 03, 2018, 15:20
I live in Tallahassee, Florida.  Its snowing...everyone is outside taking pictures.  Most have never seen snow.  Bizarre.

Had planned to fire up the Velocette today...20/50 oil...perhaps not.

Heard on public radio (usually reliable news source) that Ontario, Canada was colder than the surface of Mars over the weekend.  Impressive.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: angonemoto on January 03, 2018, 18:40
Weather here in the US midwest is bonkers. Record low temps, icy road conditions, water pipes bursting and a colossal amount of salt and some other chloride crap all over the roads to the point everyone is kicking up clouds of salt on the expressways. On our way back from Colorado we couldn't continue in Iowa as the defrost couldn't keep up with the icy rain, rendering only half of the windshield worth looking through. As it was getting dark we pulled off and spent the night. Next morning we counted 35 cars and semis in the ditches, some rollovers, many others already towed out but the evidence was still there in the snowpack. Worse yet, you cant wash the crap off due to the low temps, the rinse water at the self service wash bays freezes up within seconds. Not that I didn't do it anyway. Clean ice is better than salty ice I say. Times like this I wish I had a heated garage tho.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: angonemoto on January 03, 2018, 19:15
Shit, I missed the whole skiing rant.

My first big mountain ski trip was to Steamboat Colorado at 14yo. I had a pair of Hexcel honeycomb skis and they would rattle on the groomed stuff, really too stiff and I paid the price by wiping out a lot. I then discovered Olins, PRE and finally K2 skis, all with Marker RR bindings as while in college at Colorado State I spent most of my time skiing Colorado and Utah. I also had a pucker run at Solitude, it was on one of the boundary chutes and I should have never been there on my 215 K2 810s (I loved the Mahre brothers so I skied what they skied.) I still have those K2s. Boots were always an issue as I have wide feet. I went through Salomon, Dachstein (bought when I skied the Ski Circus in Austria) and Lange. I still think Lange and Rossignol fit me the best but there is always some modification needed. Fast forward to last week we were in Breckenridge and not much of the mountain was open, but I got my wife and two kids up a green lift for their first time and it was a thrill for me that they didn't quit, and want to go for more this season. Now I just rent demo skis and snowboards and use my Lang/Burton boots.

Whistler is on my bucket list. I got to hurry up because I'm also wearing out, I have another knee surgery coming up this month.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 03, 2018, 20:57
Think J.C. Killy used VR 17s, got away with the two diagonal bar branding at the 68 Olympics but Karl Schrantz got scrubbed by Avery Brundage for illegal advertising.
Best place I skied was Val d'Isere, two weeks of 'ski total' bliss. Three weeks in Davos wasn't too shabby either ;D.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on January 03, 2018, 21:28
Heard on public radio (usually reliable news source) that Ontario, Canada was colder than the surface of Mars over the weekend.  Impressive.


I wonder which reporter they sent to Mars to collect that little report... :o :o ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 04, 2018, 05:13
I've never seen the attraction of skiing. I only ever used skis out of necessity, not for sport or entertainment. If you can't get your hands on a suitable vehicle in Antarctica, your only other option is cross country skis. Pain in the arse things they are. Marginally better than snow shoes.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 04, 2018, 05:35
Never tried cross country, looks fantastic when they do that Telemark turn but far from easy. I think the later types hold the rear of the foot down so Parallel turns are easier with that type of Nordic Ski.I loved to get out on The main Range between Perisher and Gathaga Resorts on the trails, even on Down Hills skis it was so Beautifull out there. Even in Blizzards being out there beyond the resorts was the best part of the NSW sking thing.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 04, 2018, 05:50
Used to go up to Mt Buller to the Navy ski lodge when I was based at HMAS Cerberus; downhill on Saturday and cross country on Sunday, the queues were just too long.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 04, 2018, 05:54
Downhill skiing is a bit like riding a motorbike Cam; getting that perfect balance on a fast sweeper or carved turn.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on January 04, 2018, 08:26
Cross country skiing is absolutely fantastic if you like to get away from the madding crowds and enjoy the wonder winter can be. I agree with Cam, that as a mode of transport forced on you it could be hard, but as a pastime, especially in a place like here in Norway it is bloody fantastic. Easy it is not, unless like the locals here, you are born with skis on. Turning, braking, and high speed are the hardest bits, but over the decades it gradually gets easier. Telemarking and such won´t be happening for me this lifetime, and you don´t see much of it here anymore. Randonee, a cross between downhill and XC is the latest fad. They attach grip skins and unlatch the heel for uplill, then clip in the heel and blast off down. Almost no limits. Normal XC here is becoming more skating, and "staving" which is just using the sticks for forward motion, not the usual diagonal walking. For me diagonal traditional is just fine, great exercise too, no jarring impacts like running etc. We still use wax, and if it isn´t cold enough for blue wax, it isn´t skiiable is the saying. New trend is waxless skis with some hairlike synthetic underlay instead of wax.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 04, 2018, 08:40
Skating is a nack you need to pick up fast, once you can its fun to get as efficient as possible at it. I really miss it, not so much my knees though.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on January 04, 2018, 10:02
There was me thinking Skiing was a couple of planks of wood and some boots and away you go!
I have been skiing as a young lad in France, I remember it was harder than it looked.

Weather here is blowing a hooley, pissing down and mild, just for a change.
Nice to have no frost though.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on January 04, 2018, 10:14
Try some proper skis next time then...  :-*
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: TC on January 04, 2018, 10:18
I started skiing with my family last year in Japan at age 50, totally fell in love with it, it is the right mix of adrenalin, fear, excitement and WOW just look where I am!! the crispness is unbelievable.
Of again to Japan in a few days, if you haven't tried it, check it out its awesome. Like nailing your favorite piece of road and then some, only if you come unstuck its usually not that bad. Hope to get way better this year.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 04, 2018, 10:32
Stitches in head, hit a rock, cracked collarbone, jumped off a cornice I probably shouldn't have ,snapped an ACL, stupid knee was probably warn out, whiplash to neck muiltipal times,back slammed at high speed overrotating a turn.Lost count of piddling stuff. And I am not that brave. Watch some mates do CPR for 30 minutes on a virtually dead bloke till the Ski Patrol arrived, found out he lived, heart attack. Its far from safe. Last few years there was usually 1 or 2 fatalities on NSW ski hills.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Cosi on January 04, 2018, 10:45
The navy had a ski lodge? No wonder this country is fucked
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 04, 2018, 12:12
Yep, one at Buller and the other at Perisher. Used to be hard for a serving member to get accommodation at Perisher, lodge booked out by Fleet Air Arm tossers and public service associate members. Once stayed at the Kiwi Navy lodge on the north island, $1 a night.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: maurice turner on January 05, 2018, 03:31
Well I am out near Gundagi in NSW on my Jota and it's 39 degrees
Jota seems happy enough to sing along around 4500 rpm but the rider ain't doing as well
☹️
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 05, 2018, 03:35
We make the mistake of only drinking at fuel stops, it's not enough when it's that hot. Every 100ks helps to stop the toll of the gear and heat. Supost to be 45c this weekend even close to the coast.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Lee87H on January 05, 2018, 19:55
well guys at least your riding, the temps here are going to be very cold a high temp of  -32C and a low of -40C so no riding of anything for me.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on January 05, 2018, 20:21
I'm hoping for nice weather, a bunch of us are gathering out west to discuss  (drink)another trip to Cape York.

I'm hoping that the Guzzi V85 is launched by then, because that will be my weapon of choice. http://amcn.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/448263.jpg
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on January 05, 2018, 20:53
Once stayed at the Kiwi Navy lodge on the north island, $1 a night.

The forces get looked after quite well here. Fell off years back at the NZ Airfield champs at Wigram AFB ( long closed now ) and drowned my sorrows in the NCO's mess with a mate who was on the strength. Handles 10c each...I had to be poured into the car and taken home...

weather....Practise day at the NZGP locally cancelled due to standing water....Looks a bit better today but more rain forecast.

The buggers I went to see yesterday had all gone to the indoor go karts. Wimps.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 05, 2018, 20:53
43C and 50 kph winds here today, catastrophic fire conditions; exact opposite to North America and Europe  :-[
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on January 05, 2018, 22:07
43C and 50 kph winds here today, catastrophic fire conditions; exact opposite to North America and Europe  :-[

Just keep the hipsters out of the bush, those electric cigarettes they suck on will make everyone think there's a bush fire.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 05, 2018, 22:55
Just been down to the fire station, hot as hell and blowing; dickhead cyclists at the cafe drinking double decafs :o
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on January 06, 2018, 03:44
Shit, I missed the whole skiing rant.

My first big mountain ski trip was to Steamboat Colorado at 14yo. I had a pair of Hexcel honeycomb skis and they would rattle on the groomed stuff, really too stiff and I paid the price by wiping out a lot. I then discovered Olins, PRE and finally K2 skis, all with Marker RR bindings as while in college at Colorado State I spent most of my time skiing Colorado and Utah. I also had a pucker run at Solitude, it was on one of the boundary chutes and I should have never been there on my 215 K2 810s (I loved the Mahre brothers so I skied what they skied.) I still have those K2s. Boots were always an issue as I have wide feet. I went through Salomon, Dachstein (bought when I skied the Ski Circus in Austria) and Lange. I still think Lange and Rossignol fit me the best but there is always some modification needed. Fast forward to last week we were in Breckenridge and not much of the mountain was open, but I got my wife and two kids up a green lift for their first time and it was a thrill for me that they didn't quit, and want to go for more this season. Now I just rent demo skis and snowboards and use my Lang/Burton boots.

Whistler is on my bucket list. I got to hurry up because I'm also wearing out, I have another knee surgery coming up this month.

Worth getting to Whistler, north of Vancouver some ways, at least once! My youngest son, now 25, went to a pro snow board school on the glacier for two weeks every summer. Yes, summer. I took him every year from age 10 to age 17, and skied the glacier while he attended snow board school. Fabulous!

On another topic, while parts of the US and central and eastern Canada are being hit by the cold cyclone bomb, Calgary has warmed up to around freezing and just above, has made my house move challenging slinging through deep slush, including the movers semi getting stuck and delaying the move a day.......

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 07, 2018, 02:09
Its 44c at my place today and we still have a couple of hours for more heat, and I am near the coast and usually its cooler with the sea breeze. Its hotter here than Penrith,an outer western Sydney suburb there its usually 10c hotter. Also hotter than my family's original outback western county town. It's bloody hot.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Brett on January 07, 2018, 02:36
45 out here in God's country today.... thought would head out this morning for a bit of a blast early......as once again no takers off went by myself on my new favourite, (shh dont let Maurice know will ya  :o ) had a great run up the Putty not a lot of souls out and about. Met a group of four on Ducati's and Yamaha's, blokes from Bosnia originally so they were interested when mentioned that this bike was an ex Serb  :o

As you can see not a lot at Grey Gums, it was only a mere 40 there... so not hot at all. Good trip home now back in the shed doing some stuff for myself............ got to prepare for an interstate FIFO rider to make up the numbers next weekend so more than 1 Lav will be out and about

(https://u.cubeupload.com/Lavman/IMG8918.jpg)
Not a lot of folk out here today hmm

(https://u.cubeupload.com/Lavman/IMG8921.jpg)
thought Rossi rode a Yamaha ??

(https://u.cubeupload.com/Lavman/IMG8917.jpg)

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 07, 2018, 07:38
Looks like Penrith broke the all-time highest recorded temp for the Sydney area today at 47.3c or 117f. It was hot.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: maurice turner on January 07, 2018, 09:13
Bloody shit NSW weather another day of punting my old Jota through near 40 degree temps again lucky back in the deep south its a more moderate 24 degrees.
Had to do quite of a bit of beer hydrating at Tom the wreckers yesterday after a spirited ride with Batto on his 79 Jota Tom on his 80 Jota and my 81 Jota it was a real case of a trifecta
:) :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on January 07, 2018, 09:46
Not as cold as some places but I had to scrape the inside of the windscreen this morning.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4683/38843655704_244afef01d_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22btTxN)2018-01-07 09.05.29 (https://flic.kr/p/22btTxN) by Grant Duguid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/137136978@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Yogi on January 07, 2018, 09:51
That’s cold, Grant.

At the other end of the thermometer, we spent the day in and out of the pool as temps were in the mid 40s today - hottest day that I’ve known for a long time and not enjoyable..
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Brett on January 07, 2018, 10:39
Bloody shit NSW weather another day of punting my old Jota through near 40 degree temps again lucky back in the deep south its a more moderate 24 degrees.
Had to do quite of a bit of beer hydrating at Tom the wreckers yesterday after a spirited ride with Batto on his 79 Jota Tom on his 80 Jota and my 81 Jota it was a real case of a trifecta
:) :) :) :) :) :)
(needpics)

but dont worry got your back son but can you please, please clean your camera lens.. how many times must you be asked ?? ;D ;D ;D

(https://i.cubeupload.com/GvnJ9q.jpg)

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Brett on January 07, 2018, 10:41
Geez........looking at that photo one can do a lot of rivet counting seems there is one bike there that is close to original........guess which one ???
Oh cant believe the chief rivet counters bike... wow goodgrief, its a fail fail fail  ;D ;D ;D
also has anyone told him that its not good practice to hang one's helmet from the mirror
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Alan on January 07, 2018, 12:47
How come you're roads don't turn to goo with the high temps, a week or so of mid 20's here would have it all getting a bit sticky mid bend and at the main road  junctions.  :-X
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 07, 2018, 14:36
No idea, the last crash I had I put down to melted bitumen on a real hot day about 30 years ago going to hard on the Taree bends. Haven't seen similar since.
Googled it, yep it happens.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-06/how-heat-affects-roads-trains-and-planes/9308342
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on January 07, 2018, 21:53
We get a lot of melted bitumen here in summer. It's a direct result of a mild verging on cool climate. As temps drop, the road builders add more diesel to the mix to make it workable - the real cheap bastards we have locally, do it even when it's hot to save money...
So when it does get hot, the melting point of the bitumen is low.
I can only surmise that as Oz is generally warmer most of the year, the contractors don't add as much diesel, hence the comparitive rarity of melted roads over there...
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Davo on January 14, 2018, 10:28
Typical Perth day today. Stinking hot in the morning, looked like it was snowing mid afternoon but it was white ash blowing in from the bushfire 25km away, now the smoke has arrived and we are waiting for the predicted heavy rain from the ex cyclone now tropical low that is heading south. Yep, all is normal.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on January 14, 2018, 10:31
Was 38c here earlier, just plumetted to 22c, might have to put the heater on... or a shirt....
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 14, 2018, 23:10
Oh dear. Drikko without a shirt. There's a mental image I didn't need.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on January 14, 2018, 23:39
Oh dear. Drikko without a shirt. There's a mental image I didn't need.

I spared you from full story...
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 18, 2018, 03:58
It's so hot in the Adelaide Hills you can smell the heat.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on January 18, 2018, 07:34
It's so hot in the Adelaide Hills you can smell the heat.


What does it smell like: Victory?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 18, 2018, 10:32
No, it smells like eucalypt :o :o
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on January 25, 2018, 04:37
Couple of weeks now of high 30's here. Not pleasant at all.

Only side benefit is that I've got a set of CBR600 honda cases soaking in my cleaning mixture - in full sun.
The soaking bath steams quietly by late afternoon - and they're starting to look quite good after being some of the worst I'd seen.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 25, 2018, 04:50
27c with 80% humidity here in Sydney, not to plesent
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 25, 2018, 05:05
32c with 20% humidity in the Adelaide Hills. Very pleasant but expecting 42c Sat and Sun.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on January 26, 2018, 02:13
So nice to be back in decent weather

China and Italy were bloody freezing, was forced to drink lots of red wine just to keep the blood flowing

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 26, 2018, 02:36
Going away for the weekend on the Jota. Forecast is sunny, 30° Saturday and 36° Sunday. I reckon I'll roast in my black leathers. Reckon I'll be wearing my summer jacket and draggin' jeans. Road will be pretty warm. Tyres should stick well.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 26, 2018, 02:50
Today is Australia Day, celebrating the arrival of the first fleet and I usually go down to The Harbour to watch the Air Force fly past. It's on occasion brilliant with 3 FA18s arriving and 2 departing leaving one to do a handling display around the Harbour, unless like today we had low cloud. Instead of a 15minute display of acrobatics it was 2 laps around, bloody low cloud wouldn't allow line of sight flying.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Brett on January 26, 2018, 09:13
It was only around 33 degrees here today but as humid as hell so only two things to do, take both Jota's for a  ride then start drink red ...............nope not red wine however but cold red Peroni's  ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Andy on January 27, 2018, 03:37
Pretty tropical here lately in Auckland. Lovely riding weather most mornings, 16-20°C, usually calm and clear.
But best to get home by lunch cos by then it's nudging 30 with a good chance of running into a thunderstorm!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 28, 2018, 05:57
Hung the bed linen on the clothes line, dry in three minutes! Thirty-nine degrees and gusty winds. :laugh:
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 28, 2018, 07:32
I had a preview of what hell will be like when I eventually kark it. Riding home from west coast of Tas in nearly 40C air temp with the sun beating down mercilessly on our heads. Opening the helmet visor while on the move was like someone blasting a heat gun in your face. Saw one rider in a bad way with heat stroke. I hope she was able too cool down and re-hydrate OK. I reckon I sweated more than the 2 litres I drank during the day because I was thirsty when I got home. Not sure whether vodka is the ideal fluid for rehydration though.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: aldo on January 28, 2018, 08:37
Vodka is fine, Cam...
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: rowdypat on January 28, 2018, 11:39
High 30s at Phillip Island today. It’s taken a while, but I’m almost rehydrated  (drink)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sfcpiet on January 28, 2018, 11:57
Just read that Germany is experiencing the dimmest winter since weather recording commenced in the 19th. century, with lowest combined amount of sunshine in December and January since 1951.  Only 14 hours of sunshine recorded in my region so far this January, which is quite depressing. ::) :(  Guess things can only get better.  At least the rain has stopped... for now!  And no salt on the roads because of the high temperatures means an early start to the coming bike season.  A cold spell is to be expected around Easter though, before spring gets going.

piet
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on January 28, 2018, 13:44
Yes Piet! We also have had a very wet and mild January!
Try telling that to our local water authority who seem absolutely determined to declare a drought despite incessant pissing down of water and rapidly filling reservoirs.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: LJ-2 on January 28, 2018, 20:03
I trust you are just speaking of the tip of Kent, rather than those snow affected areas in most of the country , though none of merit in West Country.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: 3C-Wayne on March 08, 2018, 01:56
Just got hammered with second noreaster this week. At least 24 inches of heavy wet snow. Main power lines into town out of service, no estimate when they will be restored. Plows have stopped coming around.  Streets have a foot of snow. Will fire up generator in the morning if need be. Right now sipping on some merlot with fire going in fireplace.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Andy on March 08, 2018, 04:20
Right now sipping on some merlot with fire going in fireplace.

Haha could be worse!  ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on March 08, 2018, 07:30
Just got hammered with second noreaster this week.

Just getting hammered with some Vancouver Island single malt whisky. Getting pretty blurry now ...... hope rescue isn't required.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Lee87H on March 08, 2018, 19:26
Back to back winter storms are keeping the riding to a minimum, had the SF2 out just a couple of days ago
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: 3C-Wayne on March 09, 2018, 12:02
Power now restored, only off for about 20 hours, long enough for me to setup the generator and run it for 3-4 hours. Now need to re-prep for what will hopefully be 'long term' storage. Lost a few tree limbs and some shrubs.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Andy on March 09, 2018, 20:51
Mmmm 24 degrees, blue dome day, with a gentle 5 knot southerly so it's not too hot...

Sorry can't talk now, gotta tear up some country roads  :P
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on March 09, 2018, 21:34
Well, I just made it out of Mission Beach on Thursday morning by the skin of my teeth. Heading south through Tully, I saw how close the water was to the top of the bridge and kept heading south through pissing rain.

Within an hour of leaving Tully they announced the highway was closed at Tully due to the hwy being flooded. Phew.

Dropped in at Shajotas shop, but no one there. Couldn't remember where he lived, texted Andy who came back 12 hours to late.

Anyway home now

Sorry to have missed seeing Eddy and Peter
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on March 09, 2018, 22:07
Well, I just made it out of Mission Beach on Thursday morning by the skin of my teeth. Heading south through Tully, I saw how close the water was to the top of the bridge and kept heading south through pissing rain.

Within an hour of leaving Tully they announced the highway was closed at Tully due to the hwy being flooded. Phew.

Dropped in at Shajotas shop, but no one there. Couldn't remember where he lived, texted Andy who came back 12 hours to late.

Anyway home now

Sorry to have missed seeing Eddy and Peter
??? ::) Hey, lucky to catch the shop open, open very limited hours .......BUT..........phone number is prominent in windows/doors!!
Actually funnily enough, a lot of my customers (ie - "old folk") never seem to be able to read those signs ;) :D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on March 10, 2018, 20:30
??? ::) Hey, lucky to catch the shop open, open very limited hours .......BUT..........phone number is prominent in windows/doors!!
Actually funnily enough, a lot of my customers (ie - "old folk") never seem to be able to read those signs ;) :D

Didn’t even get out of the car, silly me.  :-[
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on March 11, 2018, 03:39
For some odd reason, it's very very smokey down in the Southern Highlands.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sweetas on March 11, 2018, 03:44
For some odd reason, it's very very smokey down in the Southern Highlands.

Could be a fire? 
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on March 11, 2018, 03:53
Not in the conventional sense.More bike related.My 3c started smoking with throttle application.I am talking 1950s London type smoking.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on March 11, 2018, 20:35
Not in the conventional sense.More bike related.My 3c started smoking with throttle application.I am talking 1950s London type smoking.

Did you find those behind you gave you a big cuddle, while chuckling away to themselves. Maybe your bag of weed hidden in the crankcase busted open.

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on March 11, 2018, 21:55
A bit of rain! They were saying on the radio that Nth QLD got 1 metre of rain in 4 days. No wonder it's flooding!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: maurice turner on March 17, 2018, 23:23
Bugger me the bush is on fire 90 kms from me on the edge of the Otways near Camperdown.
It was nearly 32 degrees at midnight and the north wind picked up to 40 knots before the sun came up I cant see the ocean now for smoke.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: rowdypat on March 17, 2018, 23:38
Got some room in my shed mate  ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on March 17, 2018, 23:39
Take care Maurice, seem the whole of south-west Victoria is going up. :'(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on March 18, 2018, 20:10
Keep us posted Maurice, we are all thinking of you.
Meanwhile, I think I saw the Tarthra pub burning down on the TV :(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: bazzee on March 18, 2018, 21:40
Keep us posted Maurice, we are all thinking of you.
Meanwhile, I think I saw the Tarthra pub burning down on the TV :(

That is a tragedy. The Tathra Hotel has been a favourite stopover when heading down the coast for decades. Awesome view across the South Pacific Ocean. Always treated well by the publican.

bazzee
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: 3C-Wayne on March 20, 2018, 22:12
The winter that won't end here...

Another Nor-Easter about to blow thru tonight into tomorrow night, total snow accumulation expected 12"- 16" , hope they're wrong.

Need some seat time soon.

https://weather.us/model-charts/newengland/new-jersey/snow-depth-in/20180322-0400z.html
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: 3C-Wayne on April 02, 2018, 15:16
Winter still ain't over here, usually have 4-5 good rides in by now.

Shoveling 3-4 inches of 'partly cloudy' from the walks and driveways.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on April 02, 2018, 16:30
Winter still ain't over here, usually have 4-5 good rides in by now.

Shoveling 3-4 inches of 'partly cloudy' from the walks and driveways.

same here in western Canada. Coldest Easter weekend since 1940, still snowing and below freezing forecast for rest of this week.

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on April 02, 2018, 16:38
same here in western Canada. Coldest Easter weekend since 1940, still snowing and below freezing forecast for rest of this week.


I've been watching the weather your way ...... what a nasty spring. Parts of Saskatchewan are expected to be -10 to -20 for the next week or so.

Almost rideable out in the Fraser Valley ....... except being Easter weekend ..... anytime the sun came out there was too much family around to have the time to ride. Now that the weekend is over it looks like the heavy rains will return. Might get a short ride in today as everyone leaving this morning and the rains not expected until this afternoon.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: CLEMTOG on April 02, 2018, 17:15
what we need here on the second day of April 2018, in North Kent UK, is a bit more global warming its bleeding pissing down and cold to go with it, bring back 4 star and lets get the gas guzzlers burning it fast, stuff the greens, get the global temp up a bit and then knock it on the head again and go to electric Laverda's.
CLEM
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on April 02, 2018, 17:23
Flurry of snow here this morning.
Guess you could call it a McFlurry.
Ok, I'll throw myself out...   (bolt)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Lee87H on April 02, 2018, 17:30
woke up this morning to a couple of inches of snow, by the way they stopped calling it global warming ,now it's called climate change, no shit,
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on April 02, 2018, 17:31
No snow here at about 100' above sea level ...... but the snow on the mountains comes down to about 300' asl. The skiers and snowmobilers will be happy.

Blaaaaaaah.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on April 02, 2018, 17:32
by the way they stopped calling it global warming ,now it's called climate change, no shit,

It has always been climate change ......... happens every year here ...... we call it weather!

“Climate is what we expect,
weather is what we get.”
Mark Twain
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: stevepm2011 on April 02, 2018, 18:00
Here you go, Jim
Dull, but VMC. Better than where you are...
EDDK Köln/Köln-Bonn   TAF EDDK 021100Z 0212/0318 14010KT 9999 SCT040 PROB40 TEMPO 0223/0303 RA BECMG 0306/0309 20010KT=
And I can't ride due to a buggered right shoulder.

Steve
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on April 02, 2018, 18:07
Weather picking up for now .....

TAF AMD CYXX 021416Z 0214/0312 VRB03KT P6SM FEW030 BKN120 TEMPO
0214/0216 1/2SM FG BKN002 OVC030
FM021600 19005KT P6SM SCT030 BKN120 TEMPO 0216/0220 BKN030
FM022200 21012KT P6SM FEW040
FM030400 19012KT P6SM SCT020 OVC030 TEMPO 0304/0312 6SM -SHRA BR
BKN020 OVC030
RMK NXT FCST BY 021800Z=
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: stevepm2011 on April 02, 2018, 18:36
Just had a look at the METAR for Abbotsford
Are the temperatures in degrees C? Anyway, too cold for IFR in small aircraft...the first cloud covers you in ice...
A bike ride would be ... bracing  ;D

Steve
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on April 02, 2018, 18:41
Temperature is up to 6 degrees C now ..... and there is some sunshine. Might get a short ride in yet today!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on April 03, 2018, 04:41
Have any of you snowed in, rained out, blokes ever think of moving to a better climate ............ NZ is a lovely place, and you'd be richer than you are now by 25%.

Have a close look at the area at 4:26 ..... that's right, that's how it's pronounced ................ lucky tarmi.

 
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on April 03, 2018, 04:53
We live in a world of contrasts; the Adelaide Hills in South Aus have had less than 10 mm of rain this year, parts of North Queensland have had 500 mm in 24 hours.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AJ on April 03, 2018, 05:11
Have any of you snowed in, rained out, blokes ever think of moving to a better climate ............ NZ is a lovely place, and you'd be richer than you are now by 25%
What's happening Chris? An ocker promoting NZ! Something's wrong.
It should be noted that we only get 365 good riding days per year but some of them are a bit damp.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: henrywillms on April 03, 2018, 05:23
-30c  ( - 22f) with windchill for tonight. Worse part is most  of the snow is gone so no snowmobiling either. Ice on the lakes is close to 4ft thick( over a meter and 20cm) as the winter was really cold and little snow to insulate it.  Last year the motorcycles were out already. Where the hell is the global warming...send some to Manitoba Canada!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on April 03, 2018, 05:25
Have any of you snowed in, rained out, blokes ever think of moving to a better climate ............ NZ is a lovely place, and you'd be richer than you are now by 25%.

Have a close look at the area at 4:26 ..... that's right, that's how it's pronounced ................ lucky tarmi

The Maori Wh - pronounced as an F...Rove did it to death I thought a few years back. Whakatane is within reach of 3 circuits quite easily too.

It's actually been a bloody weird summer over here. Very early spring leading into a drought. Then before Christmas, enough rain to cause quite a bit of flooding, incl here... Now, a mild autumn. I was actually out on the rideon today mowing the acres, and it was warm and dry. Around this time last year the local ski fields were looking at opening early....
I'll take the warm weather while it's here - it's drying the winter's firewood nicely.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on April 03, 2018, 06:02
We live in a world of contrasts; the Adelaide Hills in South Aus have had less than 10 mm of rain this year, parts of North Queensland have had 500 mm in 24 hours.
Ain't that the truth Terry.
We have Tropical cyclone Iris hovering around just off shore here. A lot of people jittery as it is just over 12 months since TC Debbie did considerable damage to the area, much of which is still not repaired >:( :o
Fortunately this one is not expected to cross the coast, just get near enough to dump more rain and gale force winds. They expect it to head slowly south for next couple days then head East, although some thought as it intensifies may double back and start a new trajectory!!
Have had buckets of rain over last few weeks so everything is water logged at present so every time we get a quick downpour of 100mm or so, we get a bit of flooding :o.
Hopefully "Iris" will do the right thing and follow the expected models and move on out to sea without creating too much damage........................  :-\
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on April 03, 2018, 06:04
What's happening Chris? An ocker promoting NZ! Something's wrong.

It's just that we don't need anymore here.  ;)

Peter, Iris shouldn't affect you too mush will she?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on April 03, 2018, 06:47
It's just that we don't need anymore here.  ;)

Peter, Iris shouldn't affect you too mush will she?
Hmmm, well we're being belted with gale force winds and shitloads of rain, so will depend largely on how much closer she comes. Later tonight and tomorrow probably tell the story how much (or whether) cyclonic winds we get. At present Iris is expected to intensify, but then, hopefully turn East and be downgraded. Shouldn't get a direct hit like last couple of times, but you have to prepare as they can change their minds! At this stage, flooding is main issue, although Prossie is used to being cut off (& neglected by the media ::)). I wouldn't expect too much structural damage, although there is some concern about unidentified weaknesses caused from Debbie. Of course waterlogged ground will no doubt see some trees down.
Haven't even lost our power yet ;)
Should all be fine, just another day in paradise...............
Edit :-Just as a matter of interest this is snip of current radar image of the storm. I am sure everyone knows, our cyclones move in a clockwise direction, so you can picture this storm currently moving south and rotating clockwise so bottom left edge is the leading edge. Arrow marks roughly where Proserpine is.....
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on April 03, 2018, 07:43
Could you send just a little bit of that rain down here Pete, the rain water tanks are just about dry.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on April 03, 2018, 07:50
The meteorologists saying: "The only thing you can predict about a cyclone is it´s unpredictability". Bastards of things.
Stay safe, I hope it recurves and heads back out to sea. Those warm sea temperatures are a problem though.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on April 03, 2018, 07:56
Got an ex-submariner mate at Airlie Beach, he was clobbered last time, hope he doesn't get hit again.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on April 03, 2018, 09:07
-30c  ( - 22f) with windchill for tonight. Worse part is most  of the snow is gone so no snowmobiling either. Ice on the lakes is close to 4ft thick( over a meter and 20cm) as the winter was really cold and little snow to insulate it.  Last year the motorcycles were out already. Where the hell is the global warming...send some to Manitoba Canada!

I can't say i feel your pain totally ..... but this whole winter thing has been very fucked up for the past 2 years. The scientists will tell us that it is an an anomaly and 2 years doesn't mean anything ........ but i suspect they don't live in Canada.

Hope to see you someday Henry ...... Laverda's across Canada will happen!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on April 03, 2018, 11:18
When thinks go 'tits up' with the weather in North America we tend to get similar in the UK.
Of course things change a little as the systems work their way across the Atlantic and we don't necessarily get the extremes.

We had a very DRY Autumn and early Winter, with reservoirs at around 30% capacity.
Our local water authority in Kent applied for a preliminary drought order at Christmas, the ink wasn't even dry on the document, then it pissed down for months and got very cold - an uncommon mixture around these parts (tends to be wet and warmer or dry and cold in the winter).
The drought order has only just expired, not that we took it seriously as every time they get one it pisses down anyway.

It looks like spring is weeks late this year, with only a hint of budding on the trees.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: redfox on April 03, 2018, 21:00
Late Spring this year in Denmark, where we had yet another 10-15 cm of snow the day before yesterday, and some donut spread a continents worth of salt on every single road. Ggrrrr......  >:(

But where there is hope, there is a way, and finally Spring time seems to get it's way tomorrow with a sudden +10 degrees c.

Hopefully, as I really look forward to getting the SFC out again ;)
Cheers,
Jacques
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on April 03, 2018, 22:03
Looks like TC Iris is going to behave herself. It is remaining at sea and has not intensified further, so just causing a bit of havoc with wind and rain. It is now forecast to move a bit further south and be downgraded further to a Low by tomorrow morning. Our only problem will be that when it becomes a low it is forecast to turn and head back this way, so looks like more rain (& wind) for quite a few more days yet.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on April 06, 2018, 19:54
SNIP

It looks like spring is weeks late this year, with only a hint of budding on the trees.

Hi Simon

nothing at all budding out here as yet, usually golf courses open and hardy motorcyclists out by mid March most years, looking more like late April this year at the very earliest...... :(

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on April 06, 2018, 23:13
Hi Simon

nothing at all budding out here as yet, usually golf courses open and hardy motorcyclists out by mid March most years, looking more like late April this year at the very earliest...... :(

Paul LeClair
A late spring for us Northern Hemisphere types then Paul.
We now have the first hints of a change the last two days. The sun is out and so are the bikers.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Lee87H on April 07, 2018, 14:15
Woke up to more snow, when will it end?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda143 on April 07, 2018, 15:21
Yep, snowing again and way tooooo cold in Connecticut, will spring ever come?

Bob
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on April 07, 2018, 17:12
Yep, snowing again and way tooooo cold in Connecticut, will spring ever come?

Bob

snowing heavily here in Calgary again to day as well. Bloody hell.

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: aebbern on April 07, 2018, 23:03
I'm with Paul - this winter has been a complete pain in the ass.  I may haul the bike south soon to get some riding in if this keeps up.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on April 07, 2018, 23:11
Could we have some of your snow please Paul.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on April 08, 2018, 05:44
Just spent the day gardening, everything is lush and green. Sweated my guts out, but she’s been great garden weather here. Rain at night, sunny days.

My hedges are looking good too, if I do say so myself  ;D

Might have a quick dip in the pool, twist the top off a beer and put some ribs, and lamb chops in the smoker. Mmmmmm.

Perfect weather here today.

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on April 08, 2018, 05:47
Where's 'here'. Total Fire Ban 'here' today. ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on April 08, 2018, 11:50
We usually get an Indian summer but this is getting ridiculous. Mid 30s C all next week.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on April 08, 2018, 19:58
Where's 'here'. Total Fire Ban 'here' today. ;)

Here, Brisbane. Ya hear?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on April 08, 2018, 23:05
Pretty good sporting event up near 'here' I hear. Second total fire ban here. ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on April 09, 2018, 02:14
Does a total fire ban include lighting up a cigarette? Bloody well should do in my opinion, judging by the number of times I've seen smouldering cigarette buts flicked out of car windows.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on April 09, 2018, 02:22
Get caught doing that in SA during a TFB and you are in deep shit, up to 10 grand fine.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on April 09, 2018, 03:53
Well, just to bring the Southern hemisphere into line with the Northern, we've got snow forecast here...
And judging by the temperature, it's not far away.

We're experiencing a late onset winter due to sea temps being up, why is the Northern winter lingering ?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: henrywillms on April 09, 2018, 04:41
Northern winter lingering based on some huge air mass over the arctic forcing cold to the south. We have see a record for coldest continuous 4 weeks from mid March to now, in 50 years. I think the real reason may be to  give me time finish the Corsa restoration before  spring  Painter almost finished his rework. And had to get the three exhaust pipes rechromed again,  the new chrome was bubbling and flaking off.  Never has so much rework needed before when redoing a bike.  Drives me crazy.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on April 09, 2018, 05:28
Pretty good sporting event up near 'here' I hear. Second total fire ban here. ;D

I 'hear' it on the radio, see it on the TV, and so the cycle repeats ............. good for you blokes there, there's probably something else on, like Bewitched ......... which we 'here' seem to be.

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on April 10, 2018, 18:54
Well, we did get our forecast snow. Where I am, it didn't settle, just bloody cold. We're told it's just a blip in our warm early winter, the sea water is still warm and temps will rise again.

I can't help feeling at least partly personally responsible. I was due my quarterly beard trim. The look was Old testament prophet, shall we say... But I was reluctant to have it done as nearly every time I do, the weather goes to shit.
Cut it back to reasonable - not of course Hipster look....And it bloody snows.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on April 10, 2018, 22:19
But I was reluctant to have it done as nearly every time I do, the weather goes to shit.
Cut it back to reasonable - not of course Hipster look....And it bloody snows.

Now you know how sheep feel.

It always makes me wonder, why they shear sheep when it freezing cold ...... seems arse about to me.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on April 10, 2018, 22:46
Third day of total fire bans (extreme) :(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on April 11, 2018, 05:59
The Fireys must be doing a big burnoff, you can smell it, huge haze over Sydney. Suprised me as yesterday was 35c, the hotest April day ever and the week is all above 30c and there doing hazard reduction burns, not too clever.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on April 12, 2018, 02:52
No fire bans in Tassie. Just pissing rain.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on April 12, 2018, 03:49
Pissing dust here ............ About 35 drops of rain fell on my windscreen, and it looked like it'd passed through a dust cloud.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: TC on April 12, 2018, 06:56
34 degrees today in Sydney, for almost mid April thats amazing... off to the beach for a swim 8)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: lawrence on April 12, 2018, 15:45
Here in Idaho we awoke to snow this morning. I don't ever recall snow this late in the Spring.  Don't dare to put it down to climate change, though.  Not with the current political powers calling the shots.   :(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on April 12, 2018, 17:30
Here in Idaho we awoke to snow this morning. I don't ever recall snow this late in the Spring.  Don't dare to put it down to climate change, though.  Not with the current political powers calling the shots.   :(

Hi Lawrence

up above you in Alberta we got a big lashing of freezing rain last night, woke up this morning to sheets of ice on everything, slippery as hell, now snowing very heavily for the day just to add to the distress. Motorcycle riding season is delayed, golf season is delayed, street cleaning is delayed, all the sports season leagues start ups are delayed. The first charity motorcycle ride planned for the riding season has just been cancelled. Bloody hell. Longest worst winter I can recall in the last 40 + years here in Alberta.

For my garage build planning, I have been trying to have my underground utilities locates done for the planning of my required foundation excavations, locator guy is coming tomorrow, no idea how he is going to find and mark underground utilities in my back yard that is still under a couple of feet of snow and more snow falling by the minute.....

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on April 12, 2018, 17:45
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Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on April 12, 2018, 19:42
The snow just keeps coming out here in the Chilcotin. Last year I was on standby for fires at this time!

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Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on April 12, 2018, 22:28
The snow just keeps coming out here in the Chilcotin. Last year I was on standby for fires at this time!

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 :o You must have had some very strong winds Jim, it blew your 44 gallon drum over. Speaking of blew blue, was there a sale on blue paint near you? Bowser, drums, shed and chopper are all blue.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on April 12, 2018, 22:57
:o You must have had some very strong winds Jim, it blew your 44 gallon drum over. Speaking of blew blue, was there a sale on blue paint near you? Bowser, drums, shed and chopper are all blue.

You'd have to talk to the boss about that ...... although his pickup trucks are black.

The barrel is full of jet fuel. Stays on its side so the seal on the bung stays in fuel. Plus ..... it's a little easier to roll when it's on its side.

 ........ and Hey! I do prefer blue sky! As God once said ...... if women were meant to fly then the sky would be pink, not blue ...... and it would be a box office .... not a cockpit.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Lee87H on April 13, 2018, 04:03
Beautiful place you have Jim,
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on May 04, 2018, 14:44
It has been an outstandingly cold and very, very wet late winter and early spring here in the UK, even for us in the soft south!
But today we had the most perfect sunny day, with a cool start and warm afternoon - absolute perfection!

Unfortunately the weeds are growing like trifids now!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on May 07, 2018, 00:52
Brrr, it seems cold in Brisbane today 9:50am and it’s 22C, but feels much colder.
 :o I might have to reach for a long sleeved shirt.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: angonemoto on May 07, 2018, 01:25
For once I can say the weather here is perfect for the air cooled crowd. 69 and Sunny, light breeze from the west means a tailwind all the way home. We had enough rain over the last 2 weeks to release and cast off all the fucking salt they throw here in the midwest, and I cut the lawn for the first time this year because of it. I did get a nice ride in on the SF2 and all is well as I await dinner with the family while typing this note and drinking a decent Wit style ale. No pics to share out in the wild as I was having too much fun. Cheers.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on May 07, 2018, 01:50
Brrr, it seems cold in Brisbane today 9:50am and it’s 22C, but feels much colder.
 :o I might have to reach for a long sleeved shirt.

As someone who lives in a cooler climate than you, trust me when I tell you that reaching for a long sleeved shirt won't help. You'll actually have to put it on.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on May 07, 2018, 23:50
As someone who lives in a cooler climate than you, trust me when I tell you that reaching for a long sleeved shirt won't help. You'll actually have to put it on.

  ;D Noddy Badge for that Cam ............... it's like reaching for a beer, without drinking it.

Raining here today, I might have to put on an umbrella.  :-*
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: angonemoto on May 08, 2018, 03:16
Not to rub it in, but along the Wisconsin Illinois border it was 80 degrees and sunny around 3 pm today. I had the day off and decided to ride the sF2 some more, ending with 309 miles on the day. I'm sore, but the bike really did well and I am going to treat it to an oil change this week. Other than the loudest freaking tach drive ever known, the sound of that motor's over run is quite satisfying with the factory pipes.Especially when the mounting bolt shears off and a gap occurs at the big crossover. BRRRAAAPPPP. Where have I heard of this kind of thing happening before....he he he.  ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on May 11, 2018, 00:58
Pretty wild weather here for the last 12 hours or so. Strong winds, lightning and flooding rains. Not nice motorcycling weather at all.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-11/hobart-weather-flash-flooding-record-rainfall/9750032 (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-11/hobart-weather-flash-flooding-record-rainfall/9750032)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on May 11, 2018, 01:02
Raining here today, I might have to put on an umbrella.  :-*


You on the Pina-coladas again? ::) ::)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on May 11, 2018, 01:27
Hows that hill you live in Cam, or are you closer to the river now.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on May 11, 2018, 01:45
Got some friends looking after the weather station and light house on Maatsuyker Island, the two of them (husband and wife) are totally isolated for six months, been down there for two months and having a great time but I think they'll be 'confined to barracks' during the weather that's hitting Tassie.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on May 11, 2018, 02:31
Hows that hill you live in Cam, or are you closer to the river now.

All good here. Sea level would have to rise 10 m before I get worried about flooding.

PS:
ABC TV and some other stations went off air last night during all the lightning storms. I'm guessing the lightning must have at least tripped a bunch of circuit breakers on the transmitter towers on top of Mt Wellington. Presumably they have comprehensive lightning protection, but it was quite a severe storm so maybe something got fried. Service technicians have been unable to access the mountain due heavy snow falls blocking the road. I don't reckon helicopter access is an option at present either. It's still very windy and visibility would be pretty poor. I normally have a clear view of the mountain from my place, but not today. It's probably white-out conditions and blowing a gale up there (approx. 4200 ft altitude).
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on May 11, 2018, 04:20
Saw it coming on the news, Arctic vortex. Someone must have got an arse kick as today it became an ANTARCTIC VORTEX. Some well read Jurnos we got.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Davo on May 11, 2018, 12:16
Hobart has apparently been declared a disaster area. How did they tell?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on June 18, 2018, 11:39
So the Brisbane weather people decided to have winter today to get it all over and done with, normal service back tomorrow.

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: cbertozz on June 18, 2018, 12:31
Weather can't make up it's mind in western Australia..
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Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on June 18, 2018, 21:38
Windy pissing down and bloody cold in Sydney town today, I am heading back to bed.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on June 18, 2018, 22:03
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Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on June 19, 2018, 20:12
We're in the middle of what they're calling "gloomy June" at present. Early winter but the lowest sunshine hours for years and plenty of rain too.
I should be out walking post-op but it's too bloody cold for that. Luckily we laid in plenty of firewood....

Couple of weeks time and there's a workshop rearrange scheduled. I've had enough of a pissy little pot-belly stove which takes ages to warm the shop. Pulling that out which makes room to shift a big shelf unit giving more floor space. Then a 16Kw LPG fan heater arrives. Instant heat.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on June 19, 2018, 23:20
We're in the middle of what they're calling "gloomy June" at present. Early winter but the lowest sunshine hours for years and plenty of rain too.
I should be out walking post-op but it's too bloody cold for that. Luckily we laid in plenty of firewood....

Couple of weeks time and there's a workshop rearrange scheduled. I've had enough of a pissy little pot-belly stove which takes ages to warm the shop. Pulling that out which makes room to shift a big shelf unit giving more floor space. Then a 16Kw LPG fan heater arrives. Instant heat.

My daughter has been in Napier for a month,  you should hear the whinging LOL.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: GregT on June 20, 2018, 01:50
My daughter has been in Napier for a month,  you should hear the whinging LOL.

And they're usually about 10 deg warmer than here....

Plenty of local vineyards for her to visit seeking antifreeze.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on June 20, 2018, 01:56
Stinking HOT on the North Shore with UV crap; thankfully, if your near the lakes (Great Lakes) you have a reprieve a side from the burst thunder storms.

Seen more then the usual number of dead Wildlife on the HWY's so far this year - SAD.

Yah! - The Harley Pirates are OUT but after looking at a $17,000 1250cc KTM makes me want to SHIT ;o)

Then I remember - I DON'T RIDE ANY MORE :o

1st year with out a BIKE at 70 since I was 14 riding a 650 BSA Lightning back in 67.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on June 20, 2018, 12:18
Hopefully you can soothe some of those fires by browsing her, Ron. Big decision to hang up the leathers, mate. Good one you for knowing when the time was right. And a happy belated big-seven-o!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on June 21, 2018, 08:21
Shortest day (winter solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere today, so a bit cool this far south.

Happy summer solstice to those in the Northern Hemisphere. I trust Ron has found a way to cool down, probably getting pituded with a cold drink.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on June 21, 2018, 11:08
Happy summer solstice to those in the Northern Hemisphere.
Yes! Sunrise 04:43 and Sunset 21:22 hrs today in the UK - so long day!
I expect the warlocks, druids and Pagan revellers went straight back to work after the sunrise at Stonehenge  ;D

Mind you Iceland only gets just under 3 hours of darkness today, so they are probably making more of it!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on June 21, 2018, 13:27
04:32 and 22:09 up here.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on June 21, 2018, 14:02
04:32 and 22:09 up here.
Yes Grant, the principle is the further north the greater the difference!
Apparently that's why Scottish raspberries are better, because they get more sunlight!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on June 21, 2018, 14:09
Today there was supposed to be 14 Fa 18 Hornets from the graduating fighter pilot school at Williamtown RAAF base near Newcastle doing a mass flypast. I was passing by on a 600k trip so ducked by to watch. Seems the sea mist and low cloud got the Tigerbird formation cancelled, they flew individual circuits instead so I at least got to watch them land at close range.Even with the crap weather it was worth the hour detour on a 8hr drive.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on June 21, 2018, 14:57
Yes Grant, the principle is the further north the greater the difference!

No shit, Sherlock!  :-*
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on June 22, 2018, 02:47
04:32 and 22:09 up here.

Do you get paid by the hour?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Alan on June 27, 2018, 07:15
First for me today, have taken the inner out of that jacket in prep for high temps here in norn iron 😮
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Alan on June 28, 2018, 22:02
2 days of this nudging 30 stuff and I've had enough. Can't wait to get back to the around 20 stuff, much more pleasant.  😎
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on June 28, 2018, 22:10
Used to get to 45ºC where I used to live. This is nowt.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Alan on June 28, 2018, 23:12
Well I haven't lived anywhere else so it's extreme for me .😓
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on June 28, 2018, 23:15
By contrast, -2 in the Adelaide Hills  ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on June 28, 2018, 23:30
By contrast, -2 in the Adelaide Hills  ;)
Snowing?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on June 29, 2018, 01:52
Nope, clear skies and lots of frost.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on June 29, 2018, 02:18
2 days of this nudging 30 stuff and I've had enough. Can't wait to get back to the around 20 stuff, much more pleasant.  😎

Bloody poms, whine whine whine, it's cold and wet for 9 months, then whine whine whine it's actually hot (warm) now at 30, no pleasing you fuckers!......sheesh!  :D :D Loverly winters day here, sunny and 23 LOL Time to go for a ride YEEHAH.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on June 29, 2018, 03:45
Knew Drikko would be along sooner than later :laugh:
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on June 29, 2018, 04:05
Temp hasn't managed to break into double figures (Celsius) here today. My cat went outside this morning and came straight back in again.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Diablo Loco on June 29, 2018, 11:25
Darwin's bloody nice right now and we've got the superbikes and Territory day cracker night Sunday. 
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: TC on June 29, 2018, 12:41
cracker night Sunday.
You guys still have cracker night? we lost ours in the 70s :(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Alan on June 29, 2018, 13:10
23 sounds more like it. Can I come down  :laugh:
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Diablo Loco on June 29, 2018, 13:45
You guys still have cracker night? we lost ours in the 70s :(

Oh yeah, we do cracker night!  Complete with crazed pets, bushfires and burn injuries.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: TC on June 29, 2018, 22:29
Yeah they were fun days when we were kids but I dont miss it, like you say too much carnage.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on June 29, 2018, 22:47
Right now for Canada Day Weekend on the North Shore - JUST PLAIN HOT = Like 26 to 38C followed by intense Electrical storms come Monday - Really Great Motorcycling Weather - Just out run the Rain Clouds or just sit there and Cool Off.

Gov't CDA says this is going to be one really Hot Summer.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on June 30, 2018, 05:21

Gov't CDA says this is going to be one really Hot Summer.

Out in BC it has been up and down like a whores drawers! It got up to about 13 degrees today at the fire I'm working. Last week it was hight 20's ...... before that it was barely hitting 10. April was very hot ..... hit 30 degrees at one point.

No predictions on this summer until October.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Andy on July 03, 2018, 21:55
Beautiful, still, frosty, blue-dome winters day here in Auckland. Pity one of the marzochis shit itself...

I sense an upgrade coming on....  :D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on July 04, 2018, 06:02
Still very HOT on the North Shore of the Great Lakes. Like mid 30's and feels like 40C - Fire warning is deployed.

My 2nd story 2 room apt Jail Cell Air Conditioner unit has been running 100% for the last 2 weeks.

Hope it doesn't break ;o)

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/extreme-heat-blankets-5-provinces-linked-to-6-deaths-in-montreal-1.3997597 (https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/extreme-heat-blankets-5-provinces-linked-to-6-deaths-in-montreal-1.3997597)

When I was a kid August to mid September was Hot but now it's mid June to mid August and the sun is scorching - No ozone and the perm-frost melting - I guess.

helicopterjim: I've a feeling you're going to have a hectic year - Considering retiring. You've done more then your share. On the other hand makes me wonder about Fly Boys and where they roast ;o)

PS: This Friday Temp dropped to 27 from mid 30's - Feels Cool - LOL

54 Elderly, like me, living on the 2nd floor of 2 story complex's have died in from the heat in Montreal.
Housing authorities will not allow Air Conditioners.

GOD Damn right this is one hot summer on the North Shore. Looking forward to fall.

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: 1200ts on July 07, 2018, 18:57
117 degrees here yesterday ( 47 degrees C ). Inside my workshop it was 126 degrees ( 52 degrees C ). Lots of water and beer were needed to get any work done! Only good thing is the humidity was 8%.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: redfox on July 07, 2018, 19:33
Here in Denmark, we've had 11 weeks of full sunshine and over 25 degrees every single day. Not a drop of rain. Perfect for motorcycling, not perfect for my garden...
I've never seen anything like it in Denmark all of my 50 year life.

Kind regards,
Jacques
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: 78jotadave on July 10, 2018, 04:35
California is burning again only relief is the occasional flash flood warnings ...true! Records were broken all over southern California on Saturday 106 in downtown Los Angeles, 114 Burbank, 117 in San Fernando Valley, 119 in sunny Palm Springs 105 at midnight, FFS! Too many fires to count on the west coast. I'm not doing any riding why would I?   Cheers Dave
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sonomalaverda on July 10, 2018, 05:09
I'll second that. I am in Burbank at the moment. Like walking out into a hot oven....
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on July 10, 2018, 05:21
I'll second that. I am in Burbank at the moment. Like walking out into a hot oven....

Send some hot this way, we are freezing our gonads off.
We will swap you some cold for some hot.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on July 10, 2018, 05:34
Stop your whinging Chris. Try spending a winter in Tasmania.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on July 11, 2018, 05:04
A week ago it was down as low as 2 degrees where I was flying in the Chilcotin ...... south central BC. Today was about 15 degrees. Next week it is forecast to hit 32.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Brid Caveney on July 11, 2018, 06:06
Here in Austin Texas -- it's also been bloody weird. Last winter we had a few ice storms - and snow, which isn't usual. A warmer than usual start to the year - then the hottest May on record. June was also hotter than normal - now in July, we've had several storm fronts come through - with rain/thunder/lightning, and temps will drop for high 90's down to mid/low 70's - in less than an hour. Then it rapidly get's back to high 90's and the humidity is often 100%. We've already had a record number of 100F day this year. Up and down like a brides nighty is putting it mildly. Worst high I've seen, (in my van facing direct sun) is 118F -- then it rained - and 2 hours later was in the low 80's. Our workshop doors face West, and in the afternoons -- we fry eggs on them -- saves on electric!  ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on July 11, 2018, 08:31
 ::) I’ve been told to stop whining, unfortunately I can’t. Okay, here’s the proof; I’ve just opened a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon...... fuck me, it’s been as cold as a nuns tit all fucking day.  :( Strange thing is, the temperature, degrees wise, isn’t that cold, but it feels 10c below the actual temperature. Maybe I’m just getting pituded.

Cam, you can stick your Van Demonsland where the sun don’t shine, I’ll tough it out here. Love, Chris  :' :-*
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Alan on July 11, 2018, 17:39
Barra Best is the local weather man here in Norn Iron.
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2154887318080095&id=1474939256074908
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on July 12, 2018, 01:49
Cam, you can stick your Van Demonsland where the sun don’t shine, I’ll tough it out here. Love, Chris  :' :-*

 :D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: henrywillms on July 15, 2018, 05:19
Just finished a 4 day trip to the Alphabet roads of Wisconsin via Minnesota.  Daytimes highs of 35c. Got back home to Canada and it was 33c. Too damn hot, dont know how those in warmer climates ride in that sort of heat.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on July 15, 2018, 06:44
Thirty-three is not considered to be too hot in South Aus but a lot of clubs will cancel their runs if the forecast is for 35C or over.
On the other hand, don't know how you lot 'up north' can put up with temps in the minus 20C or more ;).
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on July 15, 2018, 11:46
The weather here in the south east of UK is hot and sunny!
It has pretty much been that way for a couple of months or so, apart from one shower.

There is much whinging by people who can't cope and the water companies are trying to spread fear - even though the reservoirs are 94% full.
People don't help themselves by going down the beach at the hottest time and getting burnt to a crisp, opening windows to let the warm air in and generally not factoring in the new weather dynamic to their daily lives.

Still! I quite like it, certainly beats the normal unpredictable stuff. The only downside for me is the stench of people using paraffin to light BBQ's, my car is dusty and the garden crispy!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: henrywillms on July 16, 2018, 06:07
I have lived in one of the hottest countries (Saudi arabia) and now live in one of the coldest cities in the world (Winnipeg, Canada). You can dress for the cold but you cant dress for the heat, but it is still f'ing cold in winter!!!



Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on July 16, 2018, 08:50
I was working in Bourke NSW, 49c in the shade, night dropped to about 38c.
Beers after work in the motel pool were ...... mmmmmm.

Rode to the Concours at 8c on Sunday, it seemed cold ........ but oh so cool 8)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on July 26, 2018, 17:18
It's been a tad toasty in S/E England today with a maximum of 36oC! We topped the charts in Europe as well!
Tonights expected minimum is 21oC, so a bit sticky!

(https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2018/07/26/MetOfficemap_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqN9NGfyGokPbbI2I4PB1ybK6-xDQkLn1Cej0ZS72Rbw8.jpg?imwidth=1400)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AJ on July 26, 2018, 21:15
It's been a tad toasty in S/E England today with a maximum of 36oC! We topped the charts in Europe as well!
Tonights expected minimum is 21oC, so a bit sticky!


So I guess the fountains are full and the knotted hankies are sold out in "Old Blighty"
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on July 26, 2018, 21:33
So I guess the fountains are full and the knotted hankies are sold out in "Old Blighty"
Yes and all the other stereotypes  :)
Some people are just not tuned in, so collapse in the street with dehydration or heat stroke.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AJ on July 26, 2018, 21:49
Sorry Simon. I was in London many years ago when the temperature reached the high 20's and that is what I remember.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: stevepm2011 on July 26, 2018, 21:54
36C here in Germany, thunderstorms popping up around us.
I have been doing a lot of flying, permanently dehydrated :o
The temperature is civilized above about 9,000 feet...
Motorcycling is a kind of boil-in-the-bag experience  :-X

Steve
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on July 26, 2018, 22:11
28ºC here today.
Not bad for Scotland.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: pf1 on July 26, 2018, 22:20
Worst summer in 30 years in Portugal. Mind you last year it was burned to a crisp literally.
Here in Portsmouth UK it's absolutely lovely. Maybe 28 or so with a sea breeze. Been great for ages, think we've had two summers already this year.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on July 27, 2018, 05:18
So I guess the fountains are full and the knotted hankies are sold out in "Old Blighty"

Knotted hankies are a peculiarly British thing. Is there a hat shortage in UK?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on July 27, 2018, 06:08
21 C in Adelaide, not bad for the middle of winter :)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Gerald on July 27, 2018, 06:41
21 C when I left the house at 06:00, predicted 37 C later today :-X
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on July 27, 2018, 07:37
Knotted hankies are a peculiarly British thing. Is there a hat shortage in UK?
Perhaps in the 1950's Cam? I have never seen anyone wear a knotted hankie.

We are shortly to go into a third month of warm/hot, dry and sunny weather, so I might yet see the first one atop a head!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on July 27, 2018, 09:05
Saw a knotted hankie on a head in a Monty Python sketch and that wasn't the fifties ::).
For God sack buy a proper hat with a wide brim, don't rely on a base-ball cap, only good for having some place to put advertising ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul H on July 27, 2018, 10:20
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/861/42765277215_938e54dacc.jpg)

Being a baldie / slap head / spam head / chrome dome. I have to confess that the knotted hankie has come out on occasion. Without factor 50 or a proper hat on the bonce I'm fooked. Burn time 5 mins.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on July 28, 2018, 07:59
After over 2 months of hot and dry weather the end has finally come in spectacular fashion!
Clear, hot and still conditions gave way to a sudden wind storm and then thunderstorms last night.
There are images of people laying out in the rain to cool down!

Our house still is toasty inside now, even with the windows open.
You can feel the warm air blowing out, there is just too much energy stored up!

A local man Niko Miaoulis took this great shot of the approaching storm at the Pilot pub - Dungeness last night (allegedly the UK's only desert):
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/849/42969239494_f11c96b2da_k.jpg)
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Post by: TC on July 28, 2018, 08:26
great shot and great cloud lines, love a good storm, just so long as your not out at sea.
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Post by: LJ-2 on July 28, 2018, 08:40
That is an awesome photo Simon,

I know the Pilot, cousins ran a cafe which then became their sons windsurfing club in Sandgate , now live in Saltwood.

Sadly no red moon  or Mars in Devon last night,what a night to finally get cloud cloud cover! >:(
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Post by: helicopterjim on July 28, 2018, 21:11
Pilot Pub? There is a pub especially for me? I must go there!
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Post by: SimonR501 on July 28, 2018, 21:28
Pilot Pub? There is a pub especially for me? I must go there!
Not that sort of Pilot Jim  :P A maritime pilot I'm afraid.
http://thepilotdungeness.co.uk

Dungeness is a popular spot for artists, film crews, music video production, motorcyclists and er perhaps air pilots.

The view is somewhat spoiled by a couple of nuclear power stations.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on July 28, 2018, 22:39

Dungeness is a popular spot for artists, film crews, music video production, motorcyclists and er perhaps air pilots.


There is always a pilot in every bar ....... one of the laws of the universe.
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Post by: nick7 on July 29, 2018, 12:06
Dungeness is..the land that time forgot! Weird place, fascinating though.
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Post by: redfox on July 29, 2018, 13:45
 deg. cel for 13 weeks in a row. No rain what so ever. Terrible, I'm afraid to say.
My garden died.
And the heat is rather unpleasant to ride a motorcycle in, wearing leathers etc.

Kind regards,
Jacques
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Post by: sonomalaverda on July 29, 2018, 22:20
More hot weather and big fires in Northern California. Sonoma where I am currently OK, it's further north in Shasta County. Hats off to firefighters, volunteers, inmates, National Guard and anyone and everyone who is helping put up there. From having gone through all this here a few months ago I know it is not pleasant.
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Post by: LJ-2 on July 30, 2018, 19:42
Awful, again  12,000 fire fighters I heard.Glad you"re ok Alex.
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Post by: Laverda SF on July 30, 2018, 21:04
Scientists say it could be a 100,000 Ice Age year cycle in spite of Human Green House Shit. Greenland is melting, so is the Arctic and Antarctic - All or major cities will be under water by 2050 wiping out Monopoly, Greed and Slavery.

Just STOP WAR and we are capable of infecting the MilkyWay.

I'm 70 and don't think I've never watered a Bear or 2 with a  2.5" hose on top of a mountain. Both of us fighting for our lives - That Bear trusted me - All I wanted is that Guy below me to keep the pump running and I don't run out of O2 and the heat keeps you dancing from one spot to another.

Life can't fight Fires and it looks we're loosing.

Ground Fighters didn't have radio communicate with a Water Bomber back then - You didn't want to be hit by Helicopter Jim dropping his load or a loaded PBY.

PS: Any clothing including your boots and skin simply fell apart after fighting Forest Fires. Still reaping the aftermath on my lungs.

All O2 can be sucked out within a 1/2 mile around a mountain on fire but there is a envelope of O2 at the Top - It called the Candle.

I've been there at the top of a Mountian after a Fire Kill with just about every animal around me. Smoldering Bears, Moose, Deers, Lynx, Skunks, Foxes, Coyets, Wolves, Porky Pines, Squirrels, Racoons and hundreds of smouldering Rabbits... etc. No Beaver, Muskrat, Otters or Fish - LOL - But I did have a 1935 FN P35 9mm Herstal Belgium Browning in my belt - Thankfully I never had to use that gun in my forest.

Gun Laws are insane - Why can't a bushmen carry a descent pistol in the bush? Probably because there is no Bush, Wildlife, Forest or clean Water left - Firearms have always been a Monopoly Game for the rich and Powerful. You life isn't worth a penny to them.

My Mother beat a rabbit fox to death with her broom after it took over our water spanials dog house - Our family went through months of rabbi shots - I know a rabbi animal when I see one now. Give me 9 in the bush for injury, Rabbi's or a Mamma Bear attack. Cell phones don't work all that well in Northern Ontario. Things like that are life threatening in unless you live in Toronto where illegal guns are the street.

At least with a Breganzie you know damn well when you have dived into a corner too hard and have do something - That's your fault ;o)
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Post by: cbertozz on August 04, 2018, 00:13
Crazy weather everywhere! Rain and storms again here in western Australia, hope for clearing later!

No such thing as climate change  :(
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Post by: Paul H on August 08, 2018, 14:02
Aussie weather is our UK news today - the bad drought in NSW. 10mm of rain in a month. Sounds bad.
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Post by: Legs on August 08, 2018, 23:19
The draught extends into Queensland, South Australia and Victoria as well.
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Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on August 09, 2018, 02:14
Aussie weather is our UK news today - the bad drought in NSW. 10mm of rain in a month. Sounds bad.
It's horrendous - winter is the time when those rural areas need - and normally get - their rain. The irony is that many of the pollies representing the 'people on the land' are climate change sceptics ... even our discarded conservative  PM, Tony Abbott. Still churning out the same old BS from the backbench - sad but true.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on August 09, 2018, 02:55
In some places 10mm of rain in a month is good.
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Post by: Dellortoman on August 09, 2018, 04:24
Don't panic. The pollies have the drought under control. Barnaby Joyce has written a book that will fix it.

https://www.booktopia.com.au/weatherboard-and-iron-barnaby-joyce/prod9781760790332.html (https://www.booktopia.com.au/weatherboard-and-iron-barnaby-joyce/prod9781760790332.html)
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Post by: Legs on August 09, 2018, 04:33
Hmmmm. Must rush out and buy it, not.
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Post by: motoddrob on August 09, 2018, 05:46
No drought down here [SW corner], my dam has been overflowing for the last month.
The sun came out yesterday for the first time in months and last night the rain came back and today we've had more showers, wind and hail.
Lots of trees/branches down.
Walpole would have to have the happiest cows in the country, the pasture is green and lush.
Getting abit over it to be honest.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on August 09, 2018, 07:18
Its a bit different where I am heading back too. Last time there were hundreds of cattle along the stock routes as that's the only feed about, and by the time I head back next week that will be all gone. Usually, I don't have much sympathy as years ago they prepared by storing Hay, there are buggar all Hays sheds around and these days not happening much. But this one is so bad even those that had Hay are now out well and truly, it's very bad out there.
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Post by: sweetas on August 09, 2018, 07:38
I drove Melbourne to Albury yesterday,  Couldn't believe how green it was...never seen it like that before.  Land of contrasts!
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Post by: Legs on August 09, 2018, 07:55
Had 80mm over the Adelaide Hills in the last week and more to come. Dry as in the Murray Lands. Feel sorry for anybody affect by the draught, no matter what State they are in. :(
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Post by: chrisk on August 09, 2018, 19:21
But this one is so bad even those that had Hay are now out well and truly, it's very bad out there.
I have a mate that is a contract baler, in SEQ, he hasn’t had a baling job for over three months. You can’t bale dirt.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on August 09, 2018, 19:56
Chris if you can ask him if they used to Bale more years ago compared to now, you just don't see sheds with Hay stored anymore on places and when it's in demand the price goes through the roof. This what I get told by my old time relos and I am talking blokes in their 80s.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on August 09, 2018, 20:02
When I grew up all I learned about Australia was kangaroos, hot and dry. It turns out that they were wrong ....... it must have been a warm, moist pleasant place to live before all this drought came along ....... now I'm starting to wonder if even kangaroos are real.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on August 29, 2018, 05:46
I saw on the TV that WA is expecting more rain next month than ever seen on record.
Please send some our way.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on August 29, 2018, 05:54
It pissed down all night in the small town I am at in Northwestern NSW, WeeWaa, but that's bearly settled the dust. They need plenty more over a longer time frame.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on August 29, 2018, 06:07
It pissed down all night in the small town I am at in Northwestern NSW, WeeWaa, but that's bearly settled the dust. They need plenty more over a longer time frame.

Don't go sleepwalking into the Pilliga Vince, the yeti will get you.
Spooky place to drive through at night. When I was driving interstaters, I would never stop through there for a piss, I'd hold on until Coona. 
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on August 29, 2018, 06:17
It seems the trendy don't like it being called a Scrub, all my life it was till recently called The Pilliga Scrub. I had relos who camped all week felling railway sleepers out there since they got back from the WW2 prison camp in Germany, got caught in North Africa. The locals loved to talk up the big bad boogyman out there. Stupid hillbilly superstition. Its a brilliant bit of remote bush. You should see the Grey Nomads towing caravans heading out there by the dozens.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on August 29, 2018, 13:00
Worked a wheat harvest for the premium wheat growers assoc, based at a silo outa Wee Waa in about 1974. Where's this Pilliga scrub from there? And it's called summit else - not a yeti a ... a ....a ... fuggin can't remember! yes i can - a yowie!
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Post by: bevelman on August 31, 2018, 23:05
never stop there at night either-lots of stories bout that patch of forest
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Post by: Vince on September 01, 2018, 02:37
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilliga_forest
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Post by: angonemoto on September 01, 2018, 17:10
Not the greatest two wheel weather around here, especially in the Southwest corner of Wisconsin, which is where I am a bunch of other vintage moto riders are headed this Wednesday. There are a bunch of flooded towns and roads, washed out bridges and evacuations due to the flooding and more rain is on the way. It may be the first year I don't go on the trip. Hopefully it will dry up a little over the weekend.
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Post by: henrywillms on September 02, 2018, 03:32
Had a great ride in July from La Crosse to Duluth mostly on the alphabet roads. Weather was a bit hot bit I guess we missed the rain.
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Post by: Paul LeClair on September 15, 2018, 21:20
first snow here in Calgary, melting, but winter is not far away.....

Paul LeClair
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Post by: Vince on September 15, 2018, 21:57
35c yesterday, today 17c.I was missing short pants and now I am not
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Post by: Laverda SF on September 16, 2018, 05:30
Absolutely beautiful here on the North Shore of Lake Huron in mid Sept, 28C day and 15c at night repetitively calm with a few plow wind lightning thunderstorms. Wish the Micro Wave June, July and August didn't exist.

Can't say what Florence will do in the coming days.

Leaves are getting colour but not dropping.

I'm kinda interested in the Amanita Muscaria at this time of the year ;o)

Haven't Duck hunted since I was a teen.

So Paul you got snow - Put on your Skii's.

Europeans don't have clue just how Big Canada is.

Nothing like the Great Lakes Cambrian North Shore in Autumn - Always a beautiful challenge.

Perfect riding weather were you run away from Dark Clouds: Day or Night as they pour like 2" on Asphalt in half hour.
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Post by: martymoose on September 16, 2018, 05:40
How is that new shed coming along Paul?  Can we have a shed thread?
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Post by: Paul LeClair on September 18, 2018, 04:47
How is that new shed coming along Paul?  Can we have a shed thread?

Hi Marty

not much to report on the shed efforts, unfortunately. I have had 5 plans drawn, each less grand than the last, and each of the 5 have been rejected in succession by the City of Calgary. Too big, too tall, too much like commercial business premises in a residential area, etc., etc.

I put up an 8 foot by 10 foot storage shed beside the single garage on one side, and a 10 foot by 20 foot storage shelter on the other side of the garage, both short term stop gaps, and I unfortunately still have a 40 foot cargo container in a storage yard for most of my big tools. Very frustrating.

The existing garage is an uninsulated and unheated small single, with an open but roofed carport attached. Current "make do" for the coming winter is an application to the City to at least let me enclose the car port and knock the wall out between garage and car port, would get me a basic double garage size at least in the short term. I have already had a gas line run, electrical service to go into the same presently open trench this week, and I have started stripping out the garage and car port to join them regardless at least for this winter, then I can continue my efforts to get something significant approved, or I may have to move outside the City, bloody hell...….
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on September 18, 2018, 07:45
This may sound flippant Paul, but could you not get the Council to tell you what their ideal garage would look like?
Or do they just get a kick out of upsetting people?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on September 18, 2018, 07:53
I think you answered your own question.I thankfully had minimum need to deal with those head fuckers.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on September 18, 2018, 14:40
This may sound flippant Paul, but could you not get the Council to tell you what their ideal garage would look like?


If it is like the regulations where I built my shop then the rules are buried and scattered throughout their website ........ and going to their administration offices I was told all the rules are on the website. I was finally able to get a contractor that knew the system and how to interpret the ambiguous rules. We were able to build the shop by following the rules and limitations that he knew had to be met ....... and pushing the limits on others (maximum height is 16'4" but only one floor is permitted. I was able to build a mezzanine with a trap door and retractable ladder. The inspector didn't like it but he couldn't find any rules broken. Definitely a case of "better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission". It would not have been approved if I had asked,)

Where I work is in a "permit not needed" zone. A relatively remote area where the nearest inspector is a 3 hour drive away. The only inspection required is electrical ...... but very few even bother with that inspection. I should move here .......
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on September 20, 2018, 05:04
Most builders have to comply with some kind of planning scheme or set of local council rules.

My house is located on the border of 3 different planning schemes:
There's the normal Council planning scheme that applies to everyone.
Then there's a special planning scheme for my street because it's an esplanade on the foreshore which has some kind of special scenic status.
Finally there's a special heritage planning scheme because I live next door to a historic site (an old 19th century fort).

The areas subject to the different planning schemes are not so much bordering as overlapping. Consequently, any alteration I do to my house has to comply with all three! Not only that, but I have to make application to each scheme separately, which naturally means a separate application fee for each. I can't even put up a clothes line without filing 3 different building applications and coughing up about $1000 in application fees.  So you guys who have to work under one set of rules, count yourselves lucky!

Actually, I did put up a rotary clothes line, but I did it on the quiet and nobody has noticed. If anyone asks, I'll just say it was there when I bought the house.

When I built my shed, I figured I wouldn't get away with the sneaky approach, so I did it by the book. There was so much paperwork involved that I thought I should hire a legal secretary. The shed was eventually completed and has been in use for about 15 years but the paperwork still isn't finalised. I've yet to receive final sign off from the building inspector. When I notified the council that the work was complete and ready for final inspection, I never heard back from the inspector. I think he's so confused by the sometimes contradictory requirements of the different planning schemes that he's filed it away in the "too hard" drawer. It might come back and bite me on the bum one day, but as far as I'm concerned, I did my part.

After the experience with the shed, any subsequent alterations I've made have been without any kind of approval. Like Jim I figure it's better to act stupid and ask forgiveness after the event than go through the hassle of getting permission. Most of the work has been internal renovations anyway. Much of which is not visible from outside, so they'll probably never know anyway.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on September 20, 2018, 06:00
Put my 20 x 40' shed up about twenty years ago expecting to get hammered by the council and to seek forgiveness, been waiting all this time to find somebody to seek absolution from.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: motoddrob on September 20, 2018, 09:18
I built my 12 x 8 metre shed 22 years ago without approval.
It was included on my house plans as an existing shed and nothing was said.
As for my house, there are 3 reporting stages, pouring concrete, top plate, and lock-up where they sign it off if all ok.
Also there is the health inspection for the septics.
Well I gave them notice when pouring concrete footing, no show, reached top plate ready for the roof, no show.
I installed my own septics and drainage, left all the pits open for inspection, called them to say they're ready and she
tells me to take a bunch of photos and email them with an "as constructed" drawing and 2 weeks later I get the approval for use permit.
As I have done pretty much 100% of the building including milling all the timbers and making timber doors and windows etc the house has taken quite some time to get where I am.
So my Owner Builder license expired after 2 years and 3 1 year extensions later they told me it was the last so the pressure was on to get to lock up.
I got the letter last november informing me my license was up and that it wouldn't be extended and bla bla bla!!!
I stretched it over the xmas/newyear period then sent of the completion form saying it will be completed end of January even though the kitchen windows still need making, still no running water or kitchen sink, no gyprock on the walls etc, basically not ready to be lived in. Figuring when they come and seeing how close it is they would maybe give me some more time to get to lock-up. Well 8 months later I still haven't heard from them!! though I did get a rates bill charging me from 1st Feb to 30th june which is the end of the council rate billing period.
Just payed the current rate year and they have charged me a residential rate. So I have managed to stay under the radar which is really lucky as my house isn't quite like the plans as I did alot of making it up as I go 8) Anyway been living in it now for the last 4 months but still heaps to go to before finishing yet. I'm 120 km away from the shire offices ;D

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on September 20, 2018, 09:33
 (needpics)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: motoddrob on September 21, 2018, 01:18
Sorry Grant, pictures are too hard since the demise of photobucket. Can't be fuck trying to reduce them and Flickr, well I just can't get my head around it so that's the end of my photo posting. I have a very limited attention span when it comes to figuring out computer shit. Rather spend my time doing creative things.
Come back for a holiday, even have a spare room for ya and bikes to ride!!
When I get around to down loading pics from my phone to my computer I'll email you directly some shots. How about that?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: martymoose on September 21, 2018, 04:32
Text your photo to brett he is our photo wiz
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on September 21, 2018, 08:26
Rob, would be great to meet you again, but my simplified lifestyle also involves simplified bank account.
Whichever way is possible it would be great to see the house progress.
I migrated from Photofuckit to Flickr without drama.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: 81Lav on September 21, 2018, 08:43
Sorry Grant, pictures are too hard since the demise of photobucket. Can't be fuck trying to reduce them and Flickr, well I just can't get my head around it so that's the end of my photo posting. I have a very limited attention span when it comes to figuring out computer shit. Rather spend my time doing creative things.

Rob,
I have found a very simple way to reduce them using windows photo viewer.
Right click on the photo you want to reduce and select open with, select Windows Photo Viewer.
Once the photo opens you will see a tag "e-mail" up the top.  Click on that and it will give you size options.
Choose a size (it will give you the estimated total size once you do. Once happy with the size click attach.

Now go to your e-mail and you will see a draft e-mail with your photo attached at the reduced size.
Save that attachment wherever you want and then delete the draft e-mail.

All in all it just takes a couple of seconds and no need for web based hosting accounts.

I hope all is well over there in the "shaky south west"  ;D

Cheers
Bruce K
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Post by: Dellortoman on September 21, 2018, 09:27
There's an easier way than that Bruce. And you get better control over the photo size.

Open the picture with the Microsoft Office photo viewer (assuming most people have MS Office installed). Right click and select "Open with" then select "Microsoft Office 10".
I've set it as my default viewer for opening jpg or jpeg files.

When the picture opens, go to the drop-down menus along the top, select "Picture", then "Resize"

A box appears on the right side of the picture asking you how you want to resize it. Simplest way is to apply a percentage, like 20% of original, or whatever % you need to get it down to the size you want.

After you've re-sized it, click "File/Save As" and save it with a new name. If you just click on "Save", it'll save it to the same file name as the original, overwriting it with the resized photo. I'm assuming you want to keep the original high resolution photo.

For attaching files here, you need them to be less than 200 KB. The resize tool doesn't tell you how many KB the file will be after you've saved it, but it does give the pixel numbers. 200 KB is somewhere around 800 x 600 pixels.

The only way to be sure it's under 200 KB is to find the re-sized photo file in Windows Explorer and hover the cursor over the icon. A little info box will appear and tell you how big it is in KB. 
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: 81Lav on September 21, 2018, 09:39
Thanks Cam,
Your right that is easier.

Cheers
BK
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on September 21, 2018, 23:44
Packing my shorts, singlets and thongs today ....... fly to Bali Monday, min 24, max 31.
Sounds ideal.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on September 22, 2018, 00:11
On the North Shore we are feeling the dying end of Florence.

About 28C in day and 15c at night and up to 80 mph wind gusts and Lightining.

Avoid dark clouds - Gotta love the Cambrian Shield.

Looking forward to a great Fall through into October and November with my Jeep TJ Sport.

We had one HOT Spring and Summer.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: motoddrob on September 22, 2018, 01:08
H Grant, pretty much in the same situation, prefer to work 2 hours a day and live a much simplified/ self sufficient life in my little piece of paradise.
I've managed to build my house without debt and still keep my SFC, Motodd and the GS BM at the expense of O/S travelling.
Having said that I'm off to Thailand for October for the MotoGP and family stuff, first O/S trip in 6 years and funnily enough I not over excited about it.
Airports and planes do my head in! Much prefer to jump on the BM and go bush with a couple of mates far away from people and cars.
I'll revisit my Flickr account and see if I can figure out how to attach photos and take it from there.

Bruce, I tried what you suggested and it worked so there is one option.

Cam, I don't have Office on my computer, haven't had a need for it since dropping out of the main stream of life!!! 8)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on September 22, 2018, 04:03
Cam, I don't have Office on my computer, haven't had a need for it since dropping out of the main stream of life!!! 8)

I must admit that since I retired, about the only MS Office application I use regularly is Excel. And that's usually for doing technical calculations related to bikes or some other engineering project. Although I do get the occasional bit of paid engineering work for which it comes in handy.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on September 22, 2018, 04:52
Don't want to be rude Dellerto but back in 98 MS Office and Excel was main stream.

Then came along "MPG4C32.dll" - Changed the Internet to this day. Only available on the Win98 Gold Edition as an option.

That DLL fucked STD Mpeg2/AC3 Video and gave dynamic AVI Mpg4 Video to the populaces in the form of DIVX, XVID, 264 and 265 encoding. Say AVC/ACC.MP4. MS never laid claim for this Encoder other then they offered it as an option where you copied the DLL to Windows/Systems and registered it and a 3rd Party App like VirtualDub used it.

Plus we can screen capture and edit whatever presentation and upload the garbage.

Beautiful weather on the the North Shore for Riding save for some outbursts that you should run away from or stay put ;o)

Dying End of Florence had her revenge on Ottawa and Haul.

PS:

In the last week temps have fallen to 22C day to 10C at night with blustery rain clouds.

Still very acceptable in the Cambrian Shield.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on October 02, 2018, 16:51
October 2, 2018 Calgary Alberta Canada. First real snow of the year, and expected to snow for another couple of days, bloody hell...…

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: aebbern on October 02, 2018, 20:30
Paul - glad I got out on the Laverda for a wee bit on Saturday... hope its not the last ride of the year.  I'm not ready for another winter like the last one!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: redfox on October 02, 2018, 21:48
7 deg cel, and worse than that, a few house owners have spoken to the press about motorcyclists being too loud (and some car owners as well), so now there's a new debate here in Denmark, pointing towards heavy fines automatically done by microphone posts along roads.
God save us all from the tyrany. Free World? My arse.

Jacques
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on October 03, 2018, 03:11
http://www.msn.com/en-ca/weather/topstories/heavy-snowfall-in-calgary-and-southwestern-alberta/ar-BBNQnJL?li=AAggNb9

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on October 03, 2018, 03:14
there's a new debate here in Denmark, pointing towards heavy fines automatically done by microphone posts along roads.

I can't see it happening any time soon. It would have to be a very sophisticated device to get reliable sound level readings from a passing vehicle. It would need to take into account the background noise from other vehicles. What if there's a truck nearby using its engine brake, or a plane flying overhead, or a clap of thunder, or a bird perched on the microphone singing its lungs out?  I don't know of any sound level measuring device that would be smart enough to focus on one source of noise and ignore all others. I'm not saying it can't be done, just that it would require the invention of a whole new noise measuring technology that would have to stand up to forensic scrutiny in court. 

Although if your legal system is anything like ours (in Australia) in relation to automated traffic infringement detection devices (speed cameras, red light cameras, etc.), you're presumed guilty until proven innocent.  Even if the accuracy of the device is called into question, it's less costly to pay the fine than to mount a legal challenge against a false charge.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: redfox on October 04, 2018, 20:43
Canada is using this already some places. And it seems taht Switzerland is usingit too.

Kind regards,
jacques
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on October 05, 2018, 01:36
Just back from two weeks holidays in Bali ........ nice weather there, min 24c max 31c.

Did a Day trip on a KTM300 ISDE two banger, up into the middle of the island. Speaking of two bangers, I managed to have two bangers on the day trip, one having me landing on a rock, bike sandwiching my thigh on said rock, had to wait for slower riders to pull bike off me. I now have a bruise on my thigh the size of my hand.

Second banger was falling off on a single bike track with a plastic water pipe running alongside in the grass.

:o I found the pipe with the front wheel, which sent me off into a tree and almost went off a cliff face, save for tree, and cracked a rib ....... so I found out later.

So now I’m home, and it’s about to rain, I don’t mind cause I can’t do much atm anyway.  :(

On flight home, we discussed doing it again, two days this time though. Family didn’t agree  ::)



Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on October 05, 2018, 13:30
"and cracked a rib". Farkinell.....can´t cough, can´t fart, can´t sneeze, can´t yawn. Hate them damaged ribs.
Noisy bike laws, we can thank the American Iron brigade for that. It is rare to hear a loud sportsbike around where I live, the tech has caught up and they can go deadly quick, very quietly. If you ride a gigantic vee twin cruiser, then loud pipes save lives is the slogan.
Getting pretty chilly around southern Norway now but still not icy, any time now though.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on October 05, 2018, 17:42
Central British Columbia went to full Winter on October 1 ........ the year before I was still flying on the forest fires!

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Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on October 05, 2018, 20:09
Warm and sunny in S/E England today.

At 21oC pretty much a perfect autumn day!
So had a pleasurable ride! Went out on the bike too!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on October 05, 2018, 22:49
So had a pleasurable ride! Went out on the bike too!

Too right Tippie...... Stop it Simon it hurts to  :laugh:
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on October 06, 2018, 05:15
Stop it Simon it hurts to  :laugh:
;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on October 06, 2018, 19:50
Paul: Hate Alberta Weather, in spite of Chinooks, with Flat Boring Landscape. You ride for miles upon end without ever approaching a corner whereas on the North Shore - You're always in a corner ;o)

Lots of Hilly and Winding Cambrian Shield Asphalt into November ;o)

And you can still Fly Fish (Net White Fish) with a 6 Pack or venture into Goose, Merganse shot gun hunting.

Suggest you buy a Land Rover or Jeep and carry a Canoe. Any dirt bike would be a PLUS ;o)

The thing is that there is NO Jobs around here - Unless your into Trucking, a Mennonite or a Federal sponsored Native.

Americans own all the shore line property.

The North Shore of Lake Huron has a great Geographic Climate and the main reason why I wanted to retire here.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on November 25, 2018, 03:25
Went for a Sunday morn ride today and checked the temp as I was about to go -  ticked over 31c and 65% humidity at 8am!
Thank goodness we are not fully into summer with the normal very high humidity. Headline temps don't get as high but it is much more oppressive and can't be escaped ............No rain on the horizon either :'(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on November 25, 2018, 19:54
Riding? Bloody hell. Best I am going to manage is taking the grandkids tobogganing today at the park across the street. There is lots of snow, a big slope, and a good speed can be achieved ;D

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/weather/topstories/calgary-breaks-76-year-snowfall-record-on-friday-adding-to-unusually-snowy-year/ar-BBQ3sFa?li=AAggFp5

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on November 25, 2018, 22:52
Riding? Bloody hell. Best I am going to manage is taking the grandkids tobogganing today at the park across the street. There is lots of snow, a big slope, and a good speed can be achieved ;D

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/weather/topstories/calgary-breaks-76-year-snowfall-record-on-friday-adding-to-unusually-snowy-year/ar-BBQ3sFa?li=AAggFp5

Paul LeClair

 ::) I was wonder where or what bogganing was, thinking there was a typo involved.
To bogganing isn't something we get to do here in Queensland very often, if at all.

Nice and warm here today, top of 34c predicted.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: henrywillms on November 25, 2018, 23:46
At my cottage on Lake Winnipeg, it is the world's 12th largest lake and about 30k or 20 miles across where I am. Frozen solid but no snow. It froze too rough to skate on but once we get some snow should be good for snowmobiling. Laverda is hibernating until spring.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sfcpiet on November 26, 2018, 01:41
::) I was wonder where or what bogganing was, thinking there was a typo involved.
To bogganing isn't something we get to do here in Queensland very often, if at all.

Nice and warm here today, top of 34c predicted.

Got to do quite a bit of toboggining as a kid in the northern Melbourne suburbs... our sleds were car bonnets, FX/FJs a definite favourite, and the slopes were covered with dry grass.  Speeds were impressive as we hurtled down with 3-4 kids on one bonnet!  Crashes and injuries no less. ;D 

Murky November weather here, won't be getting on a bike for quite some time! 

piet
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on November 26, 2018, 03:20
Saw quite a bit of tobogganing up at Bathurst during the Easter riots, I mean races ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on November 26, 2018, 07:47
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_skiing
If you´re into that sort of thing.
Dry and cold here in Norway now, no snow around where we live. Another long winter has started. Why don´t we just hibernate?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sfcpiet on November 26, 2018, 17:26
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_skiing
If you´re into that sort of thing.
Dry and cold here in Norway now, no snow around where we live. Another long winter has started. Why don´t we just hibernate?

'cos there's too many fucked Lavs needing repairs... most of all, my own! ::)

piet
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on November 26, 2018, 21:12
45c here yesterday, but supposed to be down to a more balmy 42c today :o :(
(Seems the Westerlies are blowing in at a bad time................)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on November 26, 2018, 22:33
45c here yesterday, but supposed to be down to a more balmy 42c today :o :(
(Seems the Westerlies are blowing in at a bad time................)

Peter, cool it down a bit, I'll be passing through in a couple of weeks .................. beers?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on November 27, 2018, 00:47
Peter, cool it down a bit, I'll be passing through in a couple of weeks .................. beers?
Hopefully in another week or so we might revert to some nice South Easters and return to a bit more sane low to mid 30's or so ;)
Bit of bloody rain would help to >:D
Beer?! Always have a variety in the fridge. Let me know when you're coming through. Spare mattresses lying around too.......
Chuck a helmet in and you can take the Eagle for a spin to feel the power of a more gentler yesteryear:o ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: bevelman on November 27, 2018, 01:37
be at midge point wednesday-cant see it being any cooler than prossie :(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on November 27, 2018, 04:13
Hopefully in another week or so we might revert to some nice South Easters and return to a bit more sane low to mid 30's or so ;)
Bit of bloody rain would help to >:D
Beer?! Always have a variety in the fridge. Let me know when you're coming through.
Chuck a helmet in and you can take the Eagle for a spin to feel the power of a more gentler yesteryear:o ;D

Bed is good thanks ....... the beers and Eagle test ride sounds the bomb. Will keep you informed, may be this Sunday on way up, or, Thursday 6th on way back down.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on November 27, 2018, 07:13
be at midge point wednesday-cant see it being any cooler than prossie :(
Might get a slight advantage being on the coast but it'd still be very hot. We only reached 43c today, supposed to be about the same tomorrow then rest of the week around the 40 mark. (Be hot out on the water!!)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Gerald on November 27, 2018, 07:34
Weather in Germany is showing abnormal climate conditions, as we continue to harvest strawberries and tomatoes from our small plantation around the house.
Don't recall a November when I was able to do that.
On and off it's dry enough to take a bike for a quick spin and clear out the mind, but as Piet says the bikes need TLC in the winter.


Gerald
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: CLEMTOG on November 27, 2018, 11:59
bloody freezing cold here (20 miles S of London UK) around 5C, too cold for biking, it wouldn't be fun, but an MOT looms and I want to see if my speedo works (not that the MOT will be bothered or even find out about it)
CLEM
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: LJ-2 on November 27, 2018, 17:09
Hail wind and rain here,and into the future too , except Friday, that cos it"s fish.  ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dougal on November 27, 2018, 20:42
Water should be deep enough by then
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Cisco on November 27, 2018, 21:33
35deg temp,40km winds & 20% humidity here in South East Queensland today. Guess I'll be in the yellow truck today instead of on the orange bike. Incidentally did Royal Enfield have a look at an SF2 when they designed the new twin, even have it out in a color called "Orange Crush". 
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: LJ-2 on November 27, 2018, 21:36
KTM, McLaren F1 they are all late to the party  :D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: bazzee on November 27, 2018, 21:49
Wet wet wet here in Sydney.

I rode to work anyway, somehow managed to travel in a period when the rain had abated a little.

Cheers

bazzee
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on November 27, 2018, 23:14
Bed is good thanks ....... the beers and Eagle test ride sounds the bomb. Will keep you informed, may be this Sunday on way up, or, Thursday 6th on way back down.

Change of plans Peter, have been called up for Jury Duty 3rd Dec for 3 weeks.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on November 28, 2018, 05:55
Change of plans Peter, have been called up for Jury Duty 3rd Dec for 3 weeks.
No worries Chris - next time.
You do realise that when your name is called to go into the courtroom, one of the lawyers is going to scream "challenge" and you'll be on your way to work ;D
Now, keeping with the weather tag, 45c here again today and the fire warnings are growing by the minute :'(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on November 28, 2018, 06:09
Have no fear, South Aus firefighters are on their way. Stay safe.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on November 28, 2018, 07:56
Have no fear, South Aus firefighters are on their way. Stay safe.
(cheers)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on November 30, 2018, 04:57
No worries Chris - next time.


I got off, due to work commitments, got my letter this Excusal letter this morning.

Now the machine I am supposed to install up there is on the train to Townsville ........... via the fires, are trains getting through to Proserpine from down here?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Shajota on November 30, 2018, 23:09
I got off, due to work commitments, got my letter this Excusal letter this morning.

Now the machine I am supposed to install up there is on the train to Townsville ........... via the fires, are trains getting through to Proserpine from down here?
Not sure about the trains, thought they were still getting through, but no doubt there has been delays and could change.
Think the Bruce has been getting cut at various places when the fire jumps the highway, obviously was cut earlier in the week around Miriam Vale, later around Rocky (I think) and last couple of days they had to cut it at Bloomsbury for a time. Think might all be opened at the moment!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 01, 2018, 00:44
Basically around 0 celuious - Rather damp and hurts old injuries and can hit minus 30 at times where batteries, oil and who knows  what's  frozen ;o)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Brett on December 01, 2018, 03:21
Basically around 0 celuious - Rather damp and hurts old injuries and can hit minus 30 at times where batteries, oil and who knows  what's  frozen ;o)
We are currently at plus 31 to you or in real world figures 90 degrees today.. nice and pleasant.. tomorrow we are due to see 95 so great day for a ride..........bugger we have a club barbie then have to head over to the Peninsula... ( picked up my Visa just yesterday ) ....might have to get inventive on the trip home but.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 01, 2018, 20:58
Expecting 38c today in Brisbane, poolside seems to be on the cards.



Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 01, 2018, 21:39
40c here in North west NSW as well,the Sydney blokes will be hunting for shade at todays Club BBQ and rego day.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 02, 2018, 01:45
Have no fear, South Aus firefighters are on their way. Stay safe.

A bunch of Tasmanian firefighters are there too. Dunno how they'll cope with the Queensland heat. It's only 17C here.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 02, 2018, 01:54
It's not so much the heat that's affecting the South Aus firefighters, it's the humidity! South Aus is after all the driest state on the driest continent. ;) Think the Taswegians would be affected the same way.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sweetas on December 02, 2018, 03:41
when you hop out of the shower, dry off and still cant pull your shirt on, you know your in QLD... :D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on December 03, 2018, 01:26
I just bicycled 715km in 8 days as part of the 560km (i did some extra   :D) Great Vic Bike Ride with my 13yo son and his high school team. He's not a bike rider so an incredible achievement. So glad the weather remained benign, hottest day in nthn Vic was 30C, and no major rain.

Coastal Nth Qld wet season is insane in terms of humidity.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on December 08, 2018, 20:28
Change of plans Peter, have been called up for Jury Duty 3rd Dec for 3 weeks.

bloody hell, Chris! I have been absent from the forum for a while as I just finished a very long trial as defense counsel. Finished yesterday and feels like today I am just returning to the world, and to life.  Your three week stint on a jury will be a long time to be concentrating and away from your life. Still, our society needs jury members wiling and able to serve.

still cold and snowy here, approaching the shortest day of the year on the 21 st, waking up in the dark to go to Court, going home from Court in the dark. It is a tough time of the year here between the short hours of daylight, the cold, and the snowy icy roads. At age 64, not sure how many more of these long trials I have a tolerance for, have another one starting in mid January 2019 and at the moment not looking forward to it from a physical endurance test aspect, going 12- 14 hours a day between a long day in Court then preparing all evening for the next day.

relatively blue sky out my window today, warmed up to just below Zero Celsius, and our annual vintage motorcycle Christmas party tonight, so a good day...….

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 08, 2018, 23:56
Wondered where you have been, yes its probably the most important job a citizen can do being on a jury and when you think about it there are no qualifications required other than walking and talking. Good but scary.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on December 09, 2018, 01:16
Wondered where you have been, yes its probably the most important job a citizen can do being on a jury and when you think about it there are no qualifications required other than walking and talking. Good but scary.
No criminal convictions, you must be impartial and not blab about the case to anyone else until it is concluded.

I had a three week case as a juror.
I found the legal process absolutely fascinating! More a stage show than boring.
We found the scrote guilty of all five charges eventually! Of course there is always one that goes wobbly and turns squeemish on the jury.
The guy was taking £45,000 a trip out to Belgium and bringing back 19,200 pouches of tobacco to the UK to sell in the market stalls. He covered his tracks with a fictitious clothing business.
He got five years! We 'the jury' turned up for his sentencing to give him a wave!!!!!!

Weather is cool, wet and windy! 7-10 oC
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 09, 2018, 06:34
Just about to head back to Townsville. Weather predictions show 200mm of rain there today

Just as well my hotel room is on the tenth floor!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: John lord on December 09, 2018, 09:48
Three days of rain , sunday dry and 10degrees might av a quick hour out , 🔙🔜🇮🇹🏍🇮🇹
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 09, 2018, 15:20
Three days of rain , sunday dry and 10degrees might av a quick hour out , 🔙🔜🇮🇹🏍🇮🇹

Awww goo on ...... goo get yaw tractors arse mingin!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Lee87H on December 09, 2018, 22:11
Beautiful today in upstate NY, 36*F got the 3C out for a ride, no need for an oil cooler,it doesn't have one anyways, not too bad for Dec 9th
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Davo on December 17, 2018, 11:28
Went for a weekender with a few of the boys through the Ups. Mumbleup, Yabberup, Chaterup, and Knockerup. The Friday before we rode down to the Ups it was 42C at home, was already 27C at 8:30 Sat morning when I left. Final destination for the overnighter was 18C and pissing with rain. It was 12C and pissing down when we left for home the next morning and 32C at home when I got there. Fecking weird weather and made it bloody tricky on the windy roads through the Ups.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 18, 2018, 00:07
Weird weather here too. We had a real tropical thunderstorm a couple of days ago. My place wasn't in the centre of it but still copped a deluge of rain and 1/2" hail stones. Storm drains couldn't cope so a lot of streets were under water. Wouldn't have been much fun to be out on a bike when the storm hit.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: motoddrob on December 18, 2018, 00:23
          "Final destination for the overnighter was 18C and pissing with rain. It was 12C and pissing down when we left for home the next morning"

Hey Davo,  Sounds like you were in Walpole, should've dropped in ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Davo on December 18, 2018, 03:15
          "Final destination for the overnighter was 18C and pissing with rain. It was 12C and pissing down when we left for home the next morning"

Hey Davo,  Sounds like you were in Walpole, should've dropped in ;D

Same miserable weather but about 250k west of you.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: aebbern on December 21, 2018, 22:03
Just back from 4-days of backcountry skiing in the Monashees (central BC)... 5m of snow at our chalet, with temps hovering around -5 deg C.  Pretty much a perfect way to pass the winter.  Here's my 63 yr old sister cutting a nice line in the powder:
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 21, 2018, 22:18
Here's my 63 yr old sister cutting a nice line in the powder:

 8) She sounds like a party animal!
I hope she wipes the leftovers off her nose, it’s a dead giveaway.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on January 24, 2019, 19:25
Adelaide's Red Lion Hotel promised free beer if the mercury topped 45 C (113 F) but only while it exceeded that benchmark. Bar manager Stephen Firth said the pub ran dry after giving away more than 700 litres (185 gallons) of beer over more than two hours.

I imagine Chrisk drank most of it - LOL

Warmed up to a balmy -5C today from a cool -25C yesterday along with a couple of feet of snow here on the North Shore - Burrrrrr!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 24, 2019, 20:33
Quote
Here's my 63 yr old sister cutting a nice line in the powder:
Powder hound!
46.7 degrees in Adelaide yesterday, highest Australian capital city temperature ever recorded.
Lost landline and internet during the afternoon, modem overheated!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 24, 2019, 20:58
It's going to be a stinker here in Tassie today. Forecast is 37C with strong winds and dry lightning. We already have a bunch of fires burning and that forecast isn't going to help matters. I blame the idiots at the Bureau of Meteorology. They're the ones who provide our weather.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 24, 2019, 21:02
Stay safe!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: JW on January 24, 2019, 21:15
The Tahune fire is threatening Geevston which is 10K west of our house. Wind has turned westerly and already the air has become smokey. Embers are forecast to travel 10K. Have made preparation to watch for spot fires and put them out if possible. If they start to get to many where are out of here. House and bikes will have to take their chances. Thought i had left all this shit behind when we left the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. At 70+ fighting fires again is to much for us. JW
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 24, 2019, 21:25
Approaching the big 70 myself JW, after 25 years firefighting is getting hard. Stay safe and stay hydrated.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 24, 2019, 23:11
G'day JW. There's a watch and act alert at Lymington where John lives. He's away on a ship so his wife is at home alone. The house should be reasonably OK in the middle of a paddock with no trees around, and the sheep have kept the grass pretty short. But she's a bit concerned that if she loses power then she also loses water pressure (it's pumped from a tank behind the house). I think she's feeling a bit vulnerable so I'll chuck my portable generator in the van and head down there, if only to give her moral support. She has an evacuation plan if it all turns ugly. The plan is pretty simple - load up the dogs in the car and bugger off.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 24, 2019, 23:16
A good and simple plan, but leave early.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: JW on January 24, 2019, 23:24
Cam, I have test run  my generator for running the pumps if the power goes out and have hoses run around the house.
Rain event is showing on the radar but is slipping away to the south at the moment.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: JW on January 24, 2019, 23:26
Also Lymington is just acroos the water, less than 2Ks away. Sorry I willn't be able to assist if it starts burning over there, that's our trigger to leave.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on January 24, 2019, 23:36
"Powder Hound" Definition in Canada is either a Skiier or Cocaine Sniffer - I was both at one time.

Synonymous to the Tender Flash Point in our Forests. Dangerous Shit!

I have personally doust animals on fire with a 3" hose (Moose, Bear's, Deer's, Porky Pines, Squirrels, Otters, Ducks, Owls, Rabbits, Badgers, Wolverines, Foxes and Wolves) .. etc on top of a mountain where we were all together in the same boat looking at a 100ft wall of Fire with no where to run - If we didn't die from Incineration or Oxygen Debt that 3" Hose required Water from a 5 Hp Gas Pump with whom I trusted that Guy below me to keep it running.

Them moments in time taught me that Life is very precious and respected.

Being a 14 year old Northern Ontarian Fire Fighter back in the 50's and 60's with No Sense ;o)

Love my animals and the Canadian Gov't will not allow me to carry a Pistol in the Bush = CRAP !

Never shot an Animal in the bush save for untold numbers of Ducks and Geese with a 16 Gauge Browning Herstal FN and Ground Hog's with a Cooie 34 Semi 22 with a Bushnell Scope on the farm.

My Lee Enfield Rifle and P35 pistol laid to rest. Canadian War II armament handed down to me from my RCAF Warrant Officer Dad. I was born in 1948 and witnessed the shit my family suffered PTSD through the 50's and 60's from a brave man that served in WWII.

GOD Damn made sure I could handle a Firearm.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 24, 2019, 23:51
Good luck Tassie brothers sounds real ugly.Too bloody hot to be fighting fires, wish they happened when it was a bit cooler.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: maurice turner on January 25, 2019, 01:08
Hey Terry how are you going over there in the hot Adelaide weather predicted 44 over here today :( :( :(
More beer :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on January 25, 2019, 02:07
I really don't want HelicopterJim to flatten us out with a ton of Pink Crap when I got Wildlife around me.

I'm the one climbing the mountain, pulling the hose and aiming the nozzle.

Yes I've seen trees explode on our last breath - My weapon was that 3" hose.

I'm burnt too.

___________________________________

Jim - Ever pilot a J3 Skeeter Cub - I did when I was 14 years old on floats - Had a canoe under belly behind the prop (Not my plane but a Bush Pilot that took me under his wing). 80 Hp Cub J3's don't carry much more then 220lbs before they sky.

A Lily Pad Jumper - If you read the conditions right you can jump 100ft in 10 seconds with a Skeeter.

She's Hot Rod Skimmer and about impossible to kill yourself because she don't fly fast ;o)

Jim: I had PBY Catalina's bombing me in the late 50's till the early 70's and today will duck hearing that prop wash or challenge it with a canoe.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 25, 2019, 02:39
G'day Maurice, hit 43 here in Cudlee Creek yesterday, nice cool 31 today  ;D.
The whole of the Adelaide Hills were on high alert yesterday, all the fire stations on 'Active Standby', including the water bombers, bit like the RAF during the Battle of Britain ready to scramble. Fortunately only a few fires started which were 'bombed' very quickly and mopped up by ground crews before they could spread.
Got pulled over by the police yesterday as I must look like a suspicious character, place was crawling with police on 'Operation Nomad' looking for arsonists and other shady characters.
Stay safe you lot in Tassie, thoughts are with you. (cheers)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 25, 2019, 06:33
Not surprised the cops pulled you over Terry, you're a dodgy looking character  ;)

G'day JW. I got Pina all set up with the generator and gave it a test run with the water pump. She has several wall-mounted retractable hose reels ready to go at a moment's notice. The genny has electric start so all she has to do is turn the key and plug the pump in if the power goes off. I reckon the worst thing she'd have to deal with is spot grass fires from embers. The tree line on the hill behind the house is at least 100m away which gives a very good protection zone. It would be scary if the trees went up, and she'd get the fuck out if looked like that was going to happen. But I reckon the brick house would survive OK even in that scenario.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 25, 2019, 07:21
Hope she's got heaps of fuel. Ember attacks can last up to six hours.
One of the things that came out of the 'Black Saturday' report was that although people had fire pumps, the tanks were too small to last the distance and refilling the tank during an ember attack is understandably fraught with danger.
Another thing that came out of the report was foot-ware; a lot of the victims were wearing runners, the soles of which melted on the hot ground, stranding the them in the open.
Lot of 'lessons learnt' came out of the report.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Davo on January 25, 2019, 08:15
"Powder Hound" Definition in Canada is either a Skiier or Cocaine Sniffer - I was both at one time.


Why does cocaine sniffer come as no surprise  :laugh:
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 25, 2019, 08:18
After the 1968 fires on the Blue Mountains, we were told not to walk about in the blacken bush, typically my brother ignored that and ended up standing on a collapsed still very hot tree stump. I can still remember the screams. One of his dozens of hospital trips back then. Very good point Terry.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: maurice turner on January 25, 2019, 21:42
Hey JW I didn't realise that was you John make sure you are in Breganze second weekend in July!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 25, 2019, 23:57
Hope she's got heaps of fuel. Ember attacks can last up to six hours.

Yep. Genny has about 2KW rating and will run for around 4 hours on a tank (give or take, depending on electrical load) and she has a spare jerry can of petrol.

Weather has eased a bit today. Cooler and less windy than yesterday but still no sign of rain. There's a possibility of a shower this afternoon.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: breganzane on January 26, 2019, 00:14
Another stinker here today, heading for 38 again after a run of 40+ last week.  Fingers crossed for no fires, at least the wind is not forecast to be too bad, but I hate this time of year.
The situation in Tas sounds pretty bad, thoughts with everyone down there.
SteveB
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Davo on January 26, 2019, 05:11
Been cold and wet here for a couple of days. Just starting to warm up again.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: JW on January 26, 2019, 21:47
Weather has changed for the better, cooler and less wind. During the hottest period over the last few days I measured wind speed at 60klm per hour and 36c, straight from the west, directly onto Pinna's and our houses. Thick smoke sent plenty of residents to Hobart and other places with clearer air. We have convinced two elderly ladies in their 90s  to stay with family in Melbourne for a week. Smoke is still  a problem. I think we all owe the fireies a vote of thanks. JW
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 26, 2019, 21:49
Good to hear that people are taking precautions, stay safe.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on January 26, 2019, 23:53
Floods up north, fires down south. Gotta love this country for its extremes.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on January 27, 2019, 05:54
Floods up north, fires down south. Gotta love this country for its extremes.

That's Global Warping for ya ......
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: redfox on January 27, 2019, 17:12
lot's of snow, so took the Laverda apart for a dunny little Winter project. More later.
But really cold on the floor in the garage.

Kind regards,
Jacques
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 29, 2019, 20:02
Another hot, dry and windy day forecast here. Been that way for a while now. Haven't seen decent rain for weeks. Fires burning all over the place and the air is thick with smoke. A worrying time.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: TC on January 29, 2019, 20:45
My mate just got back from Tasi Cam, bushwalking in the Nth West, said it was SO dry, massive cracks opening up in the ground that sort of thing.
Tasi is usually like a big sponge, soaking up its rainfall and thriving, so sad to hear its been so dry.
And the fires  :'( So very sad.
Tom
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: JW on January 29, 2019, 21:23
Fire is getting closer with thick smoke making breathing outside difficult. We would leave to get away from the smoke but there is nowhere to go  that isn't affected, news reports say smoke from the fires is blowing to New Zealand. Ash is blowing over our house with the smoke and as soon as embers start falling we a leaving for a safe place. There are two close by one south and one north. From all reports today will be a bad day, high temp low humidity and high winds, all blowing from the West or North West. The fire would have to jump two stretches of water to reach us but with the wind blowing embers they won't stop it. We have done all we can to protect life and property now we will wait and see what happens. JW
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 29, 2019, 21:37
Don't know how much water you have JW but I would recommend that you start wetting everything down at the first sign of embers. Seems your greatest risk isn't from the direct fire front but from ember attack. Do not underestimate the threat embers present.
One other thing; firies hate seeing footage of blokes standing on a roof dressed in singlet, stubbies and thongs, armed with a garden hose, if the radiant heat doesn't kill you, the fall off the roof will.
Good luck and stay safe!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 29, 2019, 22:11
One other thing; firies hate seeing footage of blokes standing on a roof dressed in singlet, stubbies and thongs, armed with a garden hose ...

To do that properly, you need to have a beer in the other hand.  :D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 29, 2019, 22:29
 :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: henrywillms on January 30, 2019, 00:21
It got to -40 c (-40 F) last night, over -50 with the wind chill factored in. I didnt plug the block heater  in the Corsa in so it would not start and I could not go for a ride (a block heater is an elecric powered, 110v from the household current, heater in your car engine block).  Dog piss froze before it hit the tree. Send some of that global warming Aussie heat to Canada please. 
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 30, 2019, 00:54
Just read a thread elsewhere with a young lady from Queensland all booked up and heading to Tassie for a bike holiday, getting on the ferry very soon.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: martymoose on January 30, 2019, 04:04
Fuuuucccc Henry, jump on a plane and come ride my 3c around the mountains for the weekend!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on January 30, 2019, 05:28
over -50 with the wind chill factored in. Dog piss froze before it hit the tree.

 ::) You can tell a dog not to piss into the wind ............ do they listen? Oh no, they gotta find out the hard way.

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on January 30, 2019, 08:20
FNQ had 470mm of rain in less than 24 hours the other day, that's a fuckload of rain!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 30, 2019, 09:42
As if we don't have enough problems with fires in Tasmania at present, I just heard on the news that someone deliberately lit bushfires at 10 different points along a stretch of road in Northern Tassie. There's always some idiot who does this sort of thing. Police are investigating but I dunno what their chances are of catching the bastard.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 31, 2019, 02:21
Lot of reporting here in Aus concerning the cold weather that is affecting Chicago and the mid-west of the USA. Assume, due to the lack of coverage, that Canada hasn't been impacted by the big chill.  ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on January 31, 2019, 02:55
due to the lack of coverage, that Canada hasn't been impacted by the big chill.  ;)

Reports of Canadians starting to wear long pants have been unsubstantiated ...... but it is possible due to the influx of immigrants from the middle east.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 31, 2019, 03:20
 :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on January 31, 2019, 04:32
Lot of reporting here in Aus concerning the cold weather that is affecting Chicago and the mid-west of the USA. Assume, due to the lack of coverage, that Canada hasn't been impacted by the big chill.  ;)

laughing out loud, and waiting for Henry Willms from Winnipeg Manitoba to chime in. Below - 40 C there, mail delivery stopped, wind chills into the - 50's C, risk of frost bite on exposed skin in less than a minute......

Here in the more western Canada, Calgary Alberta, the arctic chill is just missing us as yet, plus 3 C at the moment, but predicted to hit us in the next two days at around - 30 C for several days.

my garage reno/build is still underway, cars have been kicked outside, both the 72 Triumph Spitfire and the 90 Bentley Turbo R are presently sitting outside on the street, will take a few photos at minus 30 C and just for a laugh see if the Bentley will start in that chill...…. ::) ::) :-[

garage reno progressing, now fully drywalled, taped and mudded and sanded, primed, and two coats of the brightest white wall and ceiling paint known to man. LED light strips now going in. Screw piles for structural supports being installed tomorrow, then will be able to move on to fixing the floor....

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on January 31, 2019, 04:40
laughing out loud, and waiting for Henry Willms from Winnipeg Manitoba to chime in. Below - 40 C there, mail delivery stopped, wind chills into the - 50's C, risk of frost bite on exposed skin in less than a minute......

Here in the more western Canada, Calgary Alberta, the arctic chill is just missing us as yet, plus 3 C at the moment, but predicted to hit us in the next two days at around - 30 C for several days.

my garage reno/build is still underway, cars have been kicked outside, both the 72 Triumph Spitfire and the 90 Bentley Turbo R are presently sitting outside on the street, will take a few photos at minus 30 C and just for a laugh see if the Bentley will start in that chill...…. ::) ::) :-[

garage reno progressing, now fully drywalled, taped and mudded and sanded, primed, and two coats of the brightest white wall and ceiling paint known to man. LED light strips now going in. Screw piles for structural supports being installed tomorrow, then will be able to move on to fixing the floor....

Paul LeClair

I just put some dry wall mud up in 33c weather here Tuesday, was dry by the time I cleaned the trowels .......... how long does it take to set at 3 degrees?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 31, 2019, 05:24
Suspected that Canada was copping it as well; think the Australian news services, including the Australian Broadcast Corporation, should have a long hard look at themselves.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on January 31, 2019, 08:06
Suspected that Canada was copping it as well; think the Australian news services, including the Australian Broadcast Corporation, should have a long hard look at themselves.

Why? I mean who the fuck cares about Canada?  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 31, 2019, 10:29
ME! I do! ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Quatary on January 31, 2019, 13:50
Currently in Spain and weather is much better than in my home country Hungary. It's +17C and a bit windy today, first part of the day was sunny, now cloudy. Tomorrow should be a great weather and i am going to see this (https://tranio.com/spain/adt/1772534/) apartment for sale in Malaga. Thinking of moving here to work and live within the next 3-4 months.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on February 01, 2019, 17:55
where Henry Willms lives in Manitoba, still minus 40 Celsius, with wind chills to minus 50, minus 55 Celsius. Schools closed, mail delivery stopped, various things closed http://www.msn.com/en-ca/weather/topstories/dangerous-cold-batters-manitoba-but-there-is-hope-on-horizon/ar-BBSWWnx

where I am in Calgary, Alberta, the cold is moving in, but we will not get as cold as Manitoba, we are apparently only going to see minus 37 Celsius or so...…….. 8) 8)

what concerns me are the deaths from cold being reported in the US Midwest, and the horrific stories coming out, where it is not as cold.
http://www.msn.com/en-ca/weather/topstories/cold-snap-a-fedex-worker-found-dead-at-a-delivery-facility-was-one-of-17-killed/ar-BBT3mDY
 
It seems Canadians may have developed better cold coping strategies over the years. Maybe time for better cold coping strategies education in the US?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on February 05, 2019, 20:30
McFee, it's raining in Adelaide, first time since mid December.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on February 05, 2019, 23:13
Came through Port Wakefield in early Jan - dry as! Saw on the news they had flood warnings a day or two ago! And it's virtually on the sea?!

How much would it cost to build a BIG pipeline from Townsville to The Murray-Darling ... seems the water's falling where it ain't needed and vice versa.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on February 05, 2019, 23:23
Still bloody dry here in Tassie. I've forgotten what rain looks like. 
We've had a few days of cooler and less windy weather though, so most of the fires are now under control. All emergency alerts now cancelled, although a few "Watch and Act" alerts are still active.
With all the crispy dry bush and brown grass, it only takes an idiot with a match to turn the place into an inferno again. We need some of that North Queensland rain too.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: JW on February 06, 2019, 22:31
Raining here in South Tassie. Air is clear of smoke. First time in weeks and no more  helicopters flying back and forth, what a job these guys have been doing.  Just hope it keeps up for a few days and we can roll up hoses and put generators to bed. JW
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on February 06, 2019, 23:07
How much would it cost to build a BIG pipeline from Townsville to The Murray-Darling ... seems the water's falling where it ain't needed and vice versa.
LOTS omg: I’d be in full support of it too except it would still be wasted with ever more irrigation of export cash crop schemes in NSW and the lower Murray-Darling would continue to be parched and full of dead fish. If the NSW State govt wanted to fund it though...🤔🤔
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on February 07, 2019, 00:34
Raining here in South Tassie. Air is clear of smoke. First time in weeks and no more  helicopters flying back and forth

Yeah. Been pissing down since yesterday evening. What a welcome change. Frogs around my house have started chirping again. Haven't heard them for ages.

Saw three fire bombing helicopters flying home together last night. They go pretty much over the top of my house on the way back to the airport. They've been working non-stop for a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Chris M. on February 07, 2019, 01:58
Suspected that Canada was copping it as well; think the Australian news services, including the Australian Broadcast Corporation, should have a long hard look at themselves.

Smack on. According to all the news services the polar vortex was only in the USA. They'd show a map of the States but no mention of anything above the border line. How the fuck does that work?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on February 07, 2019, 03:19
Smack on. According to all the news services the polar vortex was only in the USA. They'd show a map of the States but no mention of anything above the border line. How the fuck does that work?

I'd guess that the people who do the news reports on USA weather would consider anything beyond USA borders to be irrelevant.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on February 07, 2019, 04:45
Smack on. According to all the news services the polar vortex was only in the USA. They'd show a map of the States but no mention of anything above the border line. How the fuck does that work?

Please remember that in Canada .... when it gets cold we just call it winter and don't give a fuck ..... much like we don't give a fuck what USA thinks.

Other than that ..... yeah, it's a bit chilly.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on February 07, 2019, 05:15
 :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on February 08, 2019, 02:11
What a country! Cattle were starving due to the draught in Queensland, now they are drowning in floods :(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on February 08, 2019, 04:15
What a country! Cattle were starving due to the draught in Queensland, now they are drowning in floods :(

Whilst in other parts of Queensland, they are still starving. Can't win a trick.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on February 10, 2019, 04:20
Please remember that in Canada .... when it gets cold we just call it winter and don't give a fuck ..... much like we don't give a fuck what USA thinks.

Other than that ..... yeah, it's a bit chilly.

-40 C to -50 c next few days for Alberta. Snow is so cold and dry it squeaks when you walk on it.

At my grandkids school they were outside the other day doing an experiment they videoed. Throw hot water up into the air from a pot, turns into ice and snow way before it hits the ground. Lots of issues for pet owners, too cold to take dogs to the park, even with doggie coats and doggie booties. http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/other/calgary-cold-snap-has-dogs-trying-indoor-puzzles-better-than-chewing-the-leather-furniture/ar-BBTlHzT

Main impact of the cold weather on me is I was going to mix and pour cement for the floor inside my heated garage this weekend, but way too cold to run a water hose from the house to the garage for a water source for the electric drive cement mixer, have had to delay.

earlier to day couldn't get the big electric start twin cylinder 5 speed power drive snow blower going to deal with the ongoing snow coming down until I brought it inside into the now heated garage and let it warm up for a couple of hours to thaw it out. Believe it or not the snow blower is fitted with heated grips, have had them on high last few days... ::) ::) ::)

oh, and a 1990 Bentley Turbo R does NOT start in this weather, although my son did get the 92 Jag XJ 40 going. It did take a brand new battery to get the older Jag to reluctantly turn over and eventually fire up.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on February 10, 2019, 04:30
I have worked with people who schedule concrete pours in 40c plus weather with zero access to water and a 2-hour drive including ferry crossings from the batching plant. That day had me carting 10 gal water buckets in a Gatter to the job and ended with the Architect with heat exhaustion and the Concrete pump bloke jackhammering concrete out of his pump hopper at 7pm in the dark. Always best to check the weather before a big pour.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: rowdypat on February 10, 2019, 06:44
I just can’t comprehend temperatures as low as you often live with Paul!
Even in Melbourne where it can get what we consider freezing i.e. single figure Celcius, it’s rare that I ever wear more than a long sleeve shirt. I couldn’t survive your Winters!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on February 10, 2019, 09:28
"I couldn’t survive your Winters!" You´d survive but not likely enjoy it. My 17th winter in Norway having come from tropical Australia has me realising it isn´t going to get easier, even the local nurse said that my physiology is to blame, blood is too thick in the cold weather, she said she sees on African migrants as well, you almost have to squeeze the blood out for pinprick blood tests!! Need some SAE30 blood!!
So we now have a place in Andalucia to compensate. On Friday I cycled in the hills in warm sunshine, packed up and got on the plane and dug the car out from it´s metre deep snow cover at the airport at 1am. It´s been about minus ten here, a meter plus of snow cover, and now plus 4 and raining and more freezing weather on the way. Any cold climate people here know how much fun that is, the paramedics have their splints at the ready.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Schurminater on February 10, 2019, 11:13
-40 to -50 Oh my........there's me fed up with +5 degrees damp and soggy!!..........i need to man up, and you guys are legends (bigthumb) stay safe.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul Marx on February 10, 2019, 17:12
"I couldn’t survive your Winters!" You´d survive but not likely enjoy it. My 17th winter in Norway having come from tropical Australia has me realising it isn´t going to get easier, even the local nurse said that my physiology is to blame, blood is too thick in the cold weather, she said she sees on African migrants as well, you almost have to squeeze the blood out for pinprick blood tests!! Need some SAE30 blood!!
So we now have a place in Andalucia to compensate. On Friday I cycled in the hills in warm sunshine, packed up and got on the plane and dug the car out from it´s metre deep snow cover at the airport at 1am. It´s been about minus ten here, a meter plus of snow cover, and now plus 4 and raining and more freezing weather on the way. Any cold climate people here know how much fun that is, the paramedics have their splints at the ready.

 :o
That nurse must know something I don't.
Blood is 37°C.
You certainly have constriction of your peripheral blood vessels due to the cold maybe more so than the locals,, but not thicker blood.

Paul
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on February 10, 2019, 17:25
-40 C to -50 c next few days for Alberta. Snow is so cold and dry it squeaks when you walk on it.

What part of Alberta are you in? My buddy up in Lac la Biche says it is -30 there ..... it is -10 mhere in the Fraser Valley. I was just up working in the Chilcotin and it is only -30 there as well. I hadn't heard it was that friggin cold in Alberta ..... or are you one of these new age people that goes by windchill? If so then it was probably -30 here yesterday ..... but I only go by the thermometer.

I was going to poke my arm and see if Paul Marx is correct about thin vs thick blood ....... but I probably still have blood in my alcohol so it wouldn't be a valid test.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on February 10, 2019, 18:01
What part of Alberta are you in? My buddy up in Lac la Biche says it is -30 there ..... it is -10 mhere in the Fraser Valley. I was just up working in the Chilcotin and it is only -30 there as well. I hadn't heard it was that friggin cold in Alberta ..... or are you one of these new age people that goes by windchill? If so then it was probably -30 here yesterday ..... but I only go by the thermometer.

I was going to poke my arm and see if Paul Marx is correct about thin vs thick blood ....... but I probably still have blood in my alcohol so it wouldn't be a valid test.

I don't have a thermometer. Should get one. Went back and checked the environment Canada warning I skimmed, yes, includes wind chill. Checked some other weather articles which actually mentions till air temps, actual still air temps around minus 30 C to minus 36 C, and warming up to minus 25 ish. Positively balmy. ;) ;)

here is todays "Extreme Cold Warning" for Calgary from Environment Canada https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab12#1108288041822624650201902010501ww1575cwwg which just references the minus 40 C to minus 50 C windchill without even mentioning the still air temp.

going to take a shot a some basic concrete crack patching to day, lugging water from the house in pails for mixing inside the heated garage, too cold outside with or without the wind chill for me to take the grandkids for any of our normal weekend outdoor activities like tobogganing or ice skating on the outdoor rink across the street from my house.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on February 11, 2019, 00:34
Main impact of the cold weather on me is I was going to mix and pour cement for the floor inside my heated garage this weekend, but way too cold to run a water hose from the house to the garage for a water source for the electric drive cement mixer, have had to delay.

I've done a heap of concrete work in Antarctica. We used hot water in hoses so it wouldn't freeze. And I learned pretty quickly not to leave hoses outside when not in use. Also essential to drain water out of the tank on the agitator truck as soon as the pour is done, or top it up with hot water if you have another pour.

We used a couple of additives that would sound crazy to anyone used to concreting in Australia (like Maurice and Cosi)
1. Accelerant, to make the cement reaction go off in the sub-zero temperatures. In warm climates a retarding agent is normal to stop it going off too fast.
2. Air-entraining agent. I dunno what it was made from but it looked a bit like a thick brown detergent. It froths up in the agitator bowl and creates small bubbles in the concrete which protects it from cracking when cooled down to sub-zero temperatures after it's set.  In warm climates, air is something you want to get eliminate in a concrete mix.

But the most important thing was to keep the concrete warm for the first few days. If the water in the mix freezes before it's all consumed in the chemical reaction, it interrupts the chemistry and you end up with a pile of useless crumbly shit that you have to dig out and replace. The concrete reaction is exothermic, so it produces its own heat. But in really cold weather like the temperatures you're talking about, the heat generated by the concrete isn't enough to keep it from freezing, at least with outdoor pours. We used to use thick foam blankets on slabs. For walls and columns we used insulated formwork. In some cases such as slabs in un-heated buildings, we'd deploy gas-fired heaters in the space.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: maurice turner on February 11, 2019, 03:14
Ahh concrete now you have my interest Cam in fact unless you can induce an artificial warm environment above zero the cement particles in the concrete will not react, it may appear to have "gone off" but in fact will be more like a mutant fish with dormant hydrated cement particles and no real compressive strength or wear resistant surface. No temperature or zero Celsius conditions mean zero set. Air entrainer is a chemical that aerates concrete this gives the concretor a feel of "lighter"concrete and aides volumes loss.
Air content is generally in the order of 3% in normal grade concrete.
Paul don't touch the concrete until it warms up.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on February 11, 2019, 07:04
Are all concreters short arsed hirsuit wogs?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Cosi on February 11, 2019, 07:42
Only the good ones...
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on February 11, 2019, 09:11
I don't have a thermometer. Should get one. Went back and checked the environment Canada warning I skimmed, yes, includes wind chill. Checked some other weather articles which actually mentions till air temps, actual still air temps around minus 30 C to minus 36 C, and warming up to minus 25 ish. Positively balmy. ;) ;)

here is todays "Extreme Cold Warning" for Calgary from Environment Canada https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab12#1108288041822624650201902010501ww1575cwwg which just references the minus 40 C to minus 50 C windchill without even mentioning the still air temp.


Yep ...... I forgot that in Alberta the wind blows hard on a quiet day ..... sorry about that. I do remember how friggin cold it got with the winds!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on February 11, 2019, 18:44
Yep ...... I forgot that in Alberta the wind blows hard on a quiet day ..... sorry about that. I do remember how friggin cold it got with the winds!

something very positive resulting from the extended cold. It is killing off a great percentage of an insect that kills huge swaths of forest.
http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/albertas-destructive-mountain-pine-beetle-likely-decimated-by-cold-snap/ar-BBTsdy9?ocid=ientp

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on February 12, 2019, 00:06
BIG Mid February Snow Storm to hit NORTH SHORE beginning tonight. Lasting Tuesday, Wednesday through to Friday - Temperature is moderate for this time of year at -10C to -15C  with approx 1 foot or more of snow, winds to 70 Km from the South East.

Typical North Shore weather on Lake Huron for this time of year (Can hit +5C at Noon) ='s Great Ski-Doo'n, Skiing  and Ice Fishing Weather. 

Just stay off a Trans Canada HWY with your Jeep Wrangler under these condition - It's just plain suicide - LOL

Gotta say, aside from the Rockies, the Lake Head is equivalent to the most dangerous weather one can drive through during the Canadian Winter - Both are Fantastic - If you know what you're doing with a Volvo ;o)

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on February 15, 2019, 23:37
Another big dump of snow this week on the North Shore, The most snow the North Shore has had in over 20 years but the temperatures are enjoyable for Winter Sports.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on February 19, 2019, 23:28
Cyclone Oma is heading towards The East coast of Australia.
Those Aussies who have their bikes on the ship, won't be very pleased that the ship is heading bang into the path of the cyclone as it heads to Singapore. :o

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on February 21, 2019, 03:19
local news is reporting that the February cold is the coldest February in western Canada in 83 years...….. Has been a  little tough to take.

not sure about global warming, but sure a lot of extreme weather going on around the globe :o
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on February 21, 2019, 05:22
Cyclone Oma is heading towards The East coast of Australia.
Those Aussies who have their bikes on the ship, won't be very pleased that the ship is heading bang into the path of the cyclone as it heads to Singapore. :o
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Any of your bikes in these containers, Chris? :o :o ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Lav the impala on February 21, 2019, 09:10
local news is reporting that the February cold is the coldest February in western Canada in 83 years...….. Has been a  little tough to take.

not sure about global warming, but sure a lot of extreme weather going on around the globe :o

Read all the way to the bottom……………………
The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places, the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a  report to the Commerce Department yesterday from the Consulate at Bergen Norway.
Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.
Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.
Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.
Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well
known glaciers have entirely disappeared.
Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never
before ventured so far north, are being encountered  in the old seal fishing  grounds.
Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coast cities uninhabitable.
 

I must apologise.

I neglected to mention

this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported and published in The Washington Post 96 years ago.
This must have been caused by the Model T Ford's emissions or possibly from horse and cattle flatulence.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: rowdypat on February 21, 2019, 19:22
Brilliant!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on February 21, 2019, 20:21
I’m a climate change supporter. I have found it changes 4 times a year.

Thousands of people in Australia have changed over to coal fired motor cars, so it seems we are doing our bit to reduce our country’s impact on climate change.

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on February 22, 2019, 06:19
Bloody hell! A week of between 35 to 40 degrees starting Sunday!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on February 22, 2019, 06:34
Bloody hell! A week of between 35 to 40 degrees starting Sunday!


Yes, Terry, it's summer: get with the programme... 8) 8)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Gravelroad on February 22, 2019, 10:04
Read all the way to the bottom……………………
The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places, the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a  report to the Commerce Department yesterday from the Consulate at Bergen Norway.
Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.
Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.
Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.
Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well
known glaciers have entirely disappeared.
Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never
before ventured so far north, are being encountered  in the old seal fishing  grounds.
Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coast cities uninhabitable.
 

I must apologise.

I neglected to mention

this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported and published in The Washington Post 96 years ago.
This must have been caused by the Model T Ford's emissions or possibly from horse and cattle flatulence.

Fake
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Chris M. on February 22, 2019, 10:32
Actually not fake, just the last sentence and a few words.

https://skeptic78240.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/the-age-of-embarrassment/

This issue astounds me.

Get a hose and put it your car's exhaust pipe, then run it into the house. Multiply what ever comes out by at least a few billion a day then add all the smoke from industry and power stations then tell me what it's like to live there.

There's no escaping man is in the process of dropping a dirty great turd in his back yard and people can't/won't/refuse etc etc to accept it. The shit that we spew into the sky doesn't disappear via an exhaust flap in the atmosphere.

There's no elephant, just us.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Cosi on February 22, 2019, 10:57
Quote from: Chris M. link=topic=97038.msg421345#msg421345 date=1550831544

Get a hose and put it your car's exhaust pipe, then run it into the house.
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Wind all the windows up and run it into the cabin of you car, it won’t take long
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on February 22, 2019, 14:24
Fake

It is only fake if it doesn't support your beliefs .....
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on February 22, 2019, 14:29
Flying ice patrol in Canada's western arctic in 1987 ........ couldn't find enough ice to mix a drink.

Mind you ..... that summer doesn't seem to show up on any climate sites ...... so I guess it didn't happen.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on February 26, 2019, 19:19
A few minutes ago, view from my window.
Been a cracking day here today, first ice cream of the year.
In Scotland.
In February...

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7845/46306787795_1f3b799b3c_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dxYoH2)2019-02-26 18.30.10 (https://flic.kr/p/2dxYoH2) by Grant Duguid (https://www.flickr.com/photos/137136978@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul Marx on February 26, 2019, 21:38
The end of the world is nigh.

Paul
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on February 27, 2019, 00:00
Nice balmy 38 in Adelaide today.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on February 27, 2019, 10:46
I think that’s about 100 in the old money 😅😅
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on February 27, 2019, 12:59
Apparently it was a record breaking temperature for a winters day in Kew Gardens, London yesterday!
Nice sunny day and 21.2 oC

This record may be broken today as we still have a Jet Stream from the south.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: stevepm2011 on February 27, 2019, 19:53
Over 20C here in Getmany, the last few days have been really warm. I wore shorts yesterday afternoon.
Managed to ride 4 different bikes in the last four days. The Jota 120 was a treat, started easily and still goes really well....
Flying every day as well.
It won‘t last, though.

Steve
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on February 27, 2019, 21:44
Driest Feb for years here in Brisbane, and today it's just started raining. Bring it on Huey.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on February 27, 2019, 22:57
Back to high 30s in Melbourne, with the 'lovely' howling hot northerlies to make it feel even 'nicer'.

The sceptics might not believe in climate change, but I reckon they'll warm to the idea.   
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on March 02, 2019, 07:47
Got to 39C in Hobart today. Hottest March day on record. I was out on the Guzzi and it wasn't a pleasant ride, especially the stop-start bit going home through the city, with the heat rising up from the engine. I drank gallons of water and haven't had a piss all day - just sweated it all out.

I think I'm getting too old for clip-ons and rearsets. My back is not happy after today's ride.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: rpo83 on March 02, 2019, 08:58
It is a bit toasty in the Dandenong Ranges Today, there is a massive fire about 40k's away which has consumed many 100's if not 1,000's of acres. We have spent the day inside keeping an eye on the emergency websites... another hot one tomorrow, let's hope the firefighters are all safe and we don't loose any lives to this fire..

I found this image on FB, showing the cloud formed by the updraft of the intense heat!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: TC on March 02, 2019, 21:43
Been surfing a bit lately, water is like a warm bath, cant remember it being this warm before and is reported to be 26.1 degrees c.
Thats unheard of, usually gets to about 23 degrees, and the previous maximum was 25.3
Makes fo a nice surf but.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on March 03, 2019, 03:22
41 in Adelaide yesterday, nasty fire started at 05:30 in the Adelaide Hills (Cherryville) yesterday morning but knocked down quick smart by a very fast and overwhelming response by the local CFS crews. (congrats)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: drikko on March 03, 2019, 03:43
Had to find a shirt yesterday, plummeted to below 30c....
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on May 02, 2019, 03:24
20mm of rain in the Adelaide Hills over the last 48 hours; doubled our total rainfall for the year so far!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Davo on May 02, 2019, 03:37
20mm of rain in the Adelaide Hills over the last 48 hours; doubled our total rainfall for the year so far!

Any in the Barossa?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on May 02, 2019, 04:18
Yep.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on May 02, 2019, 05:50
So who just polished their bike and went out for a ride? The most effective than a rain dance.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on June 05, 2019, 05:59
Jeez, I'm getting sick of cold wind and drizzle. Feel's like an English summer.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on June 25, 2019, 01:19
Zero degrees C here last night. It's managed to struggle up to 3 now (10am). No bike riding for me today - Brrr ...
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on June 25, 2019, 03:27
Scraping and washing ice off the skoda windows at 8 this morning ... immediately refroze the water! Hit it with some warm after that. Cold orright. I'll be cycling in it on my morning (bicycle) rides.

Working in the shed last night till midnight - metal stuff gets really cold!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on June 25, 2019, 04:09
It was -5c last Friday in the bush, not so bad in Sydney after that
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on June 25, 2019, 06:56
Scraping and washing ice off the skoda windows at 8 this morning ... immediately refroze the water! Hit it with some warm after that. Cold orright. I'll be cycling in it on my morning (bicycle) rides.

Working in the shed last night till midnight - metal stuff gets really cold!
Coming for xmas in Norway this year?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Gerald on June 25, 2019, 07:02
Was 22 C when I left the house at 05:45, now somewhere around 27 C.
Supposed to be in the region of 32 C by noon and peak out to 40 C tomorrow.
Looking forward to a nice evening blast on the SF  ;D

Gerald
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul H on July 24, 2019, 21:38
Englishman abroad... Saw 45 degrees on the cars temp indicator today. Near Stuttgart in Germanski. It felt like being inside Romell's jock strap, during his Afrika Corps days. That temp was after driving a mile. I thought it would drop after being parked up, but it didn't. Who knows how accurate the car's doofer is, but walking out of the a/con office at 5pm was like walking into a solid wall of heat. I can't recall being so damn hot. German beer is respite - sehr kalt.  Global warming? I believe, I believe.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: sfcpiet on July 24, 2019, 21:47
27°C at 11pm... ;D

Car thermometer showed 40° at 6pm, glad I got the the A/C working again.

piet
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul H on July 24, 2019, 22:19
Being unused to such temperatures, full sun protection was used Piet. i take such things seriously. The knotted hankie head wear was immediately deployed, without risky delay. An Englishman abroad has to maintain decorum and UV protection in these extreme conditions.  ;)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on July 25, 2019, 01:42
My car has inside and outside temp sensors. I've calibrated them with a good quality glass thermometer and they're quite accurate.

With my car being a dark green colour, it absorbs solar radiation pretty well. Not a bad thing in winter when it's cold outside. But in Summer I regularly see temperatures over 40 deg inside the car after it's been parked in the sun for a while. And I live in a temperate climate here in Tasmania. We don't see many days above 30 deg in summer. Highest temp I've seen inside the car was 51. That's a typical sauna temperature.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on July 25, 2019, 05:27
32c in Thailand today. Heading for Bangkok where it’s 33c and 86% humidity..... nice.

Can’t say I’m looking forward to returning to Australia’s winter after 6-7 weeks of summer type weather.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Gerald on July 25, 2019, 06:44
28°C when I left the house at 5:45. They showed salt being cast onto the streets in Arnhem, Netherlands in the news yesterday evening. Supposedly to prevent the streets from heating up to much. Something I'd never heard of before.

Gerald
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Grant on July 25, 2019, 06:56
Elevation of boiling point, depression of freezing point in water, but never thought it would help with bitumen.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: laverdas on July 25, 2019, 08:59
28°C when I left the house at 5:45. They showed salt being cast onto the streets in Arnhem, Netherlands in the news yesterday evening. Supposedly to prevent the streets from heating up to much. Something I'd never heard of before.

Gerald
probably limestone Gerald as that's the filler in bitumen which makes it ashplat. Funny old world as that's where I'm working at the moment in a baking hot tar plant fucking ace.. Regards Andy
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SkinnyPinny on July 25, 2019, 09:49
currently 49 deg C, here in Kuwait,  will 'drop' to 33  overnight........ 
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Gerald on July 25, 2019, 11:25
Andy,

Was a truck with the attachment to throw salt on the streets as used in winter.
Locals were quite puzzled  ;)

Gerald
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on July 26, 2019, 00:59
On the North Shore of the Great Lakes Ontario Canada the weather for the last month has been extremely "HOT" with a 2 day reprieve down to 22C but mostly 35+ after 5 PM until midnight+.

YUK! Even our Prickle will not bite in this shit stuffed packed full of UFV rays.

Other then that; I'm getting too old and can't take the heat and humidity - If you want to tourer on 2 wheels better wear cotton on your skin and leather to deflect the bugs and rain bursts.

Typical crap for us 2 Wheeler's. 

My advice is to always ride west in the morning a ride east at dusk - That's if you're going Home to a Wife and Kids.

Last thing you want is to be riding West into that Blinding SUN - If that's your take so be it !

Nothing like Canadian Motorcycling were you go nowhere for 1000'nds of miles into the SUN were's  there's no answer or conclusion !
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on July 26, 2019, 02:41
Elevation of boiling point, depression of freezing point in water, but never thought it would help with bitumen.

I presume the lighter coloured salt (or limestone) reduces the solar radiation absorption by the dark coloured bitumen.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: motoddrob on July 26, 2019, 04:59
Can remember those hot Perth days where the side stand would sink into the bitumen. Come back to a bike leaning 45°. Centre stands would sink too so the bike would be sitting precariously on the tyres.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on July 26, 2019, 05:41
West Chilcotin, British Columbia is avoiding global warming this year.Cool and wet instead of hot and dry.

Today was up to 20 degrees for a wee while but at least no rain.

Upper winds have been brutal the last week and getting hammered with turbulence every time I fly ........ always have to cross some 8,000' foot ridge at least 10 times a day ....... fakkkk.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: CLEMTOG on July 26, 2019, 12:53
I have  no way of knowing what the temperature was yesterday where I was riding, but, I did the south side of the M25 and then onto the M3 at around 1300hrs, the heat was so severe that I contemplated taking off my unlined riding jacket (Richa) and continuing, but I stopped at a services on the early part of the West bound A303 maybe 2 hours later and must have been suffering de-hydration or even heat stroke, since when stationary I removed one glove and had to immediately sit on an outside chair at a Starbucks, to remove the other and my Shoei, and was feeling slightly light headed. Starbucks revived me with its aircon, but actually I hate the place, a large Americano, (no milk), a water, a sandwich and a bun was near £14   !!!!!!!!! and not only that the coffee was disgustingly bitter (and I am fussy with it) but hey ho!, I was back on the road for the last 80 miles or so of my journey, but I just couldn't make it, and had to stop in a lay bay with some shade, after about another 50 or so miles, and drink even more of my lukewarm water (from home no single use plastic please) and eventually arrived still hot and bothered, my host was quick to provide me with more water and a black tea and all was soon very well. After much chatting and viewing if interesting things, both bikes and property, I was back on my way home again around 1900hrs and it was considerably cooler and the roads traffic free with the exception of the M3, yes even the M25 was traffic free and my 180 mile return trip was such a great pleasure, cool and traffic/stress free, an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon , even allowing for the extremely hot out bound run, motorcycling always provides (for me) "something" from every single ride, difficult to put into words, but if you do not experience this, then I cannot help you.
CLEM
ps just so as you know this was not a Laverda ride but a pan European one, which is exactly what is was meant for.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: LJ-2 on July 26, 2019, 13:06
Glad your run back was more pleasant Clem, stayed off work,not a day to be in the heat working in no shade all day for sure..
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul H on July 26, 2019, 18:53
My trip to Germanski Continues to be affected by the weather. I was meant to fly home last night but flight cancelled (after sitting on the plane for almost 3 hours) due to unusual severe summer storms in UK.  Good hotel overnight provided. Today was a 6 hour coach trip from Stuttgart to Duesseldorf to grab a potential flight, but now that one is delayed by 3 hours and might not happen this eve.

My immediate problem is a First-World problem of course, as I'm sitting in an air conditioned space, with an open airline cheque book to purchase as much beer, wine and fine food as I can possibly consume. So I'm realy not grumbling, but the weather is the cause. A much bigger concern. It  does seem to be changing. I've been going the Stuttgart to Birmingham run for 30 years and this has never happened before.

The sweet irony is that I jet all over the place to talk about vehicle emissions and the reduction of. Bonkers.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on July 26, 2019, 21:00
We usually do long rides to the tank capacity, refuel every 200ks or 2 1/2 hours. In summer lately, I have found this too long when it's close to 40c. I either need to find a way to hydrate on the move or stop more often. Having a dry mouth means your past the proper point of hydration, and once that happens it gets harder and harder to get this under control. Add safety gear not designed for hot weather and most aren't and you risk mental impairment via heat exhaustion and how stupidy dangerous is that on a bike.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on July 27, 2019, 09:38
Over 30 in Oslo area these days. Spent yesterday in and out of the kayak, paddling and swimming. You never know how short this lasts so have to jump at the chance.
Friends got stuck at a Holland airport yesterday in transit. The whole place shut down because of the heat.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: stevepm2011 on July 27, 2019, 21:10
Record temperatures in Europe over the last few days. It has been over 40C here, with very high humidity.
The aircraft suffer from vapour locks, difficult to start.
Then the rate of climb is miserable, and the engine oil temperature heads for the red rapidly. Students generally drenched in sweat, even before takeoff.
I haven't seriously considered starting a bike for the last week. :-X
Starting to cool down now, thunderstorms around.

Steve
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on July 29, 2019, 18:48
Record temperatures in Europe over the last few days. It has been over 40C here, with very high humidity.
The aircraft suffer from vapour locks, difficult to start.
Then the rate of climb is miserable, and the engine oil temperature heads for the red rapidly. Students generally drenched in sweat, even before takeoff.

No problem with heat here in Chilcotin region of British Columbia. It actually got up in the 20's yesterday ..... 21 degrees in fact.

Brutal upper winds of 45 kts at 9,000' have made the mountain ridge landings ...... interesting. This morning I had a different problem with the wind. I couldn't find any ...... confused the heck out of me!

I'll go clean some carburetors now .....

Jim
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on July 30, 2019, 06:34
Same parking the boats I drive, no wind of current makes it really weird, nothing to calculate in your head is very confusing.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on August 11, 2019, 01:10
Crickey, it’s cold today...... brrr.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on August 11, 2019, 02:34
Finally temperatures have cooled down on the North Shore to around 22/25C mid August - Great time to explore the Bush with No Insects to the end of October before Winter emerges - Can't say there will not be some Hot Days ahead with wandering Thunder Storms  - Another year goes by: BEST time for Motorcycling a 4 Wheeling in the Great White North from my respective: Especially in  September when all the Hoards of clueless City Folk have left your Country: HIC ;o)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: 78jotadave on August 12, 2019, 19:19
Only 44C today we had a 49C last week with a 38C at midnight here in Palm Desert California, WTF!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on August 12, 2019, 20:59
I'm great Card Player - Not so much at pool to day because of my age.

Any Card Game you wish to play ;o)

I did win 1000'nds playing 8 Ball on a 4 x 8 but my favorite was playing Snooker on a 5 by 9.

My Dad hated me for doing this and laying the cash on the morning table but He taught me and my Mother Loved me. 

After all his moped was Henderson Straight 4 after WWII.

Which I crawled all over as a Baby.

He hit me on the head when I missed with a Lee Enfield 303 but he changed his mind when I mounted a Scope. My Brown eyes where BLIND compared to his Eagle Blue Eyes.

I was a better Skier, Knife thrower, Pistol Shooter and Shot Gun shooter then he was but Open Site Rifle NO one could beat him.

I truly believe he did kill the most Deer and Moose of any hunter in Canada using either a 1892 Cordite Sniper 303 or Jungle Carbine - Open Sight.

You would not want to be fleeing within a mile with him under a Lee Enfield Beep sight.

Never Lost a Game of Gulf in my life - Handy Cap "0" as a Caddy starting at 10 years old - Could shoot 3 under par in 9 holes.

Quit playing Golf at 16 - No competition and bought a Breganzie - However; I did win Canadian Ontario Salomon Ski competition  at Blue Mountain when I was 22 and Skid with the Canadian National Team in thee Rockies at 22 as a Photographer.

Chromalloy paid for my 707 and DC8 flights. - Love flying in a 727 to places like St Louis or Memphis - For FREE. when I was 20 year old. - I made them lots of Money !

I weight 136 Lb's at 5'11" and half blind but considered a photographer for Canadian International Ski Team- Go Figure but I was always tasked to be on a Golf Course or on Top of a Mountain with a Camera - That's how I made money.

Late 60's and early 70's where a Great TIME to be 21 years Old.

Feeling it now at 71 @ 180 Lbs with all the broken bones and laying recuse on the North Shore of Lake Huron with a 2001 JEEP TJ Sport in a retirement home with trailer, canoe and  paddle.

My Wife and our Children are another matter.

Nothing like riding 2 Wheels in Northern Ontario there lots of wanna bee's with a Beganzie but FUCK I do like Harleys, Ducati's, Moto Guzz's and BMW's - Perhaps a Jap Suzuki and Triumphs !

Growing up as a Golfer my idle was Ken Venture - An Auzzie Iron Man Golfer - I studied him inside and out; Where as my Dad went with Arnold Palmer - FUCK !

Forgive my English I was always dyslectic.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on August 19, 2019, 17:13

Forgive my English I was always dyslectic.

............ and here I thought you were dialectic ....... or is that dianetic?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on August 19, 2019, 23:38
............ and here I thought you were dialectic ....... or is that dianetic?

For a minute I thought you meant "Dalek: An emotionless "master race" utterly without
pity (Read: pitude), compassion or remorse ..............
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: markQLD on September 11, 2019, 11:32
Australia the lucky country  :o
Peregian (Persian? FFS ABC!) Springs, QLD, last Monday night during strong winds and ferocious bushfires that created a hell of a burning ember attack.

Lucky to have all the emergency response teams and police service that take action and work together.
No lives were lost. And only one residential house lost! WTF! Yes, only one house. Lucky ay.
We are truly grateful to have these people that are always willing to selflessly put themselves at risk to help others.
Grazie Mille   (notworthy)

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-11/queensland-bushfire-police-video/11502162
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on September 11, 2019, 11:44
Contingent of 50 firies from SA flying up to QLD tomorrow morning. Sure there are firies from other states coming up as well.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: markQLD on September 11, 2019, 12:12
Yep, reckon this bushfire season will be another challenge for all the firies in this sunburnt country. Hopefully there will be no casualties.

The loss of Binna Burra Lodge up in the Lamington National Park has been a great tragedy.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-11/queensland-bushfire-emergency-binnna-burra-lodge-gold-coast-fire/11499472
The rainforest burns   >:D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on September 11, 2019, 14:05
The last time i saw footage of ember atack like that was canberra and they lost 400 houses then so luck last couple of days

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on September 11, 2019, 14:19
Firies are truly courageous going into situations that are so potentially deadly. Fire season is looking very bloody scary this summer. Don’t believe in climate change? Don’t worry - you’ll warm to the idea!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: andre g on September 11, 2019, 21:44
No bushfires here in the Lombardia mountains between lake Idro and lake Iseo, just having a nice week at sunny 23 degrees doung some enduro/ trial rides with my tiny Beta Alp 200
Andre
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on September 29, 2019, 01:07
early fall here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Last weekend it was mid twenties C, great rides both Saturday and Sunday. This current weekend, first snow of the year, been snowing for two days, bloody hell. Forecast for next week is for everything to melt and to go back to high teens C.

Our summer growing season is just too short. Lost lots of unripened tomatoes from my garden last night to the freezing temps and the snow.....

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on September 29, 2019, 03:23
now the local news is on about a "historic snow storm", although most of the snow will likely be outside of Calgary, thankfully. Slightly depressing from a motorcyclists point of view, the riding season is clearly coming to an end for another year.

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/weather/topstories/winter-storm-could-bring-60plus-cm-of-snow-blizzard-like-conditions-possible/ar-AAHYWAX?li=AAqARMz

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on September 29, 2019, 04:00
The way the weather gets reported was become pretty hysterical and not in a good way. We occasionally get these things called East Coast Lows in Sydney. That's a storm where it rains hard for a couple of days, it's not Armageddon. Its a storm, they happen. The problem is when really serious weather is predicted they have run out of hyperbole on typical weather and people stop paying attention.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on September 29, 2019, 04:27
Weather here is starting to show signs of summer being not far away. My fruit trees have finished blossoming and are now in leaf.
If I was a wealthy dude. I'd spend summers here in Tasmania and go to Queensland (or maybe the northern hemisphere) during our winter.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on September 29, 2019, 06:46
It's heating up in the bush, 29c today and a predicted 34c next weekend. Once it hits the mid-30s around here it will stay there and higher for the next 3 or 4 months. Still as dry as a dead dingos donger out here, touch of country flavour. And no rain in the foreseeable future, there are lots of towns with good-sized populations close to out of water. Talk of building more dams, very helpfull in 15 years. If it happens. Dryest habited continent on earth and getting dryer. Sure we can handle a population of 50 million, just don't use any water and thats fine.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on September 29, 2019, 06:51
I spent most of today slinging gear and cement to 9000' up on Mt. Waddington so they could build a remote camera system to watch the glaciers movement. Luckily it was only -6 and blowing 25 kts so having the door off for vertical reference meant I wasn't frozen to the core ........

 .......... and it was cement. The water came up separately. Not sure how well it will set up at the -12 forecast for tonight.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: 1200 JOTA on September 29, 2019, 19:07
the first real snow of the season in the US Sierras (woke up to white) but it will burn off ... riding days are limited!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on September 29, 2019, 22:49
Nice weather for oiling my big deck.  8)
Only managed to get 2/3 done over the weekend.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on September 30, 2019, 00:34
.......... and it was cement. The water came up separately. Not sure how well it will set up at the -12 forecast for tonight.

We used insulated formwork and insulation blankets on concrete pours in Antarctica. The cement reaction is exothermic, so concrete makes its own heat. Insulation blankets keep the heat in and stop it freezing while there's still free water in the mix. Once all the water is used up in the reaction (after a few days), it's safe to remove the insulation.  If freezing of wet concrete does occur, it'll be fucked. They'll have to dig it out and re-do it.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on September 30, 2019, 01:24
If freezing of wet concrete does occur, it'll be fucked. They'll have to dig it out and re-do it.

I wonder why they don't do that sort of work in the summer season? 
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on September 30, 2019, 03:06
I wonder why they don't do that sort of work in the summer season?

They're probably keen to observe the poor friggin glaciers' demise asap. Slow burn ...
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on September 30, 2019, 06:36
We used insulated formwork and insulation blankets on concrete pours in Antarctica. The cement reaction is exothermic, so concrete makes its own heat. Insulation blankets keep the heat in and stop it freezing while there's still free water in the mix. Once all the water is used up in the reaction (after a few days), it's safe to remove the insulation.  If freezing of wet concrete does occur, it'll be fucked. They'll have to dig it out and re-do it.

Well ..... they did use warmish water ..... and yes, they put insulated blankets on. We will find out tomorrow morning.

If we have to redo it then that;s just another 2000 pounds of cement to fly up ........ I'm okay with that ....

I should have been done in warmer weather ...... and could have if it were not for government bureaucracy that takes months to get approval for a project and doesn't consider weather.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on September 30, 2019, 11:15
Chris, they do most of it in Summer, I applied in 1986ish as a carpenter down there on the biggest build since the sites were established. I was 3 years into my 4-year builder's course at night going 3 nights a week for 4 hours a night and working full time for 6 days a week and really needed a change. I didnt get in. That's either a summer down there or a full year. Winter is flat out deadly outside. Zero building externally in winter, so it's mostly prefab and balls to the wall in summer and depending on where there are 4 bases, or 3 us Ozzies have I don't remember it still bloody cold. Saw a doco a while on the new bit at Scott base the Yanks built at the pole. Its all on jackable stilts so the snow doesn't burry it, and it's all moveable, seems they built it close to a massive crevasse unknowingly and they are hoping the crevasse doest move to close. Absolutely huge wind loads down there.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on October 01, 2019, 01:35
Absolutely huge wind loads down there.

The Australian Antarctic buildings are designed for 200kph winds. They're bloody solid buildings with massive steel frames in them bolted down to concrete foundation piers. Each pier has several 32mm rebar ground anchors that are grouted about 3m into the ground, so those buildings aren't going to move any time soon. Strongest winds I've seen were around 140kph at Mawson base. Never seen it get close to 200, so I suspect there's a bit of safety margin in the design wind speed.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: huey on October 01, 2019, 03:12
A Frank Hurley Photo at Mawson Base...of the weatherman going to the weather recording station in katabatic winds around 90mph from memory  daily through winter.... behind them was the sea...
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: huey on October 01, 2019, 03:14
http://www.antarctica.gov.au/about-antarctica/history/people/frank-hurley
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on October 01, 2019, 04:58
That classic Frank Hurley photo was taken at Commonwealth Bay.

Mawson's expedition picked the worst spot in Antarctica to set up a base. According to Guinness Book of Records, it's the windiest place on earth if you measure wind by average speed. There are other places that have recorded higher gusts during cyclones, but not consistent wind. It rarely stops blowing at Commonwealth Bay, with winds regularly exceeding 240kph and an average wind speed of 80kph. Must have been a bastard of a place for Mawson's guys to build their hut. They had blizzards that lasted for weeks on end when it was too dangerous to go outside without being roped up. Rare days without wind would have seemed like bliss. Little wonder that Mawson's book was called "Home of the Blizzard".

There's a replica of Mawson's hut in Hobart that's worth a visit if you're interested in that sort of thing. They have a lot of original artefacts from Mawson's expedition on display. The equipment they used was bloody primitive compared to modern stuff. It was a feat of endurance to survive there.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on October 01, 2019, 05:21
If anybody is interested in antarctic exploration, I recommend 'The Worst Journey in the World' by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. :o
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: TC on October 01, 2019, 05:54
Ive been to Mawson's replica hut in Hobart, its well worth a look, what they had to put up with all of them  cramped in that little hut and freezing as all get out is incredible. A very different time indeed.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on October 01, 2019, 12:38
If anybody is interested in antarctic exploration, I recommend 'The Worst Journey in the World' by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. :o
Read a cracker on Shackleton as well. Unbelievable stuff people risking their lives down there in the eq of bloody outer space!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on October 01, 2019, 13:01
If you think Bligh's open boat trip after the mutiny was tough, its a cakewalk compared to what Shaklton did after this ship was crushed and capsised in the Ice. He had some motivation, the lives of the rest of his crew depended on him getting help. It's one hell of a story
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on October 01, 2019, 18:31
The concrete set up just fine .... there was an inversion so the temperature was only -1 when we went back to finish the job yesterday.

Next surprise was when I went to set the tower on the base. They decided to mount the $150,000 worth of equipment on the tower before placing it so no room for error. All went well and now we can get photo's of the glacier!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on October 01, 2019, 19:45
The concrete set up just fine .... there was an inversion so the temperature was only -1 when we went back to finish the job yesterday.

Next surprise was when I went to set the tower on the base. They decided to mount the $150,000 worth of equipment on the tower before placing it so no room for error. All went well and now we can get photo's of the glacier!

IPhone 11 on a selfie stick would have been much easier and cheaper Jim.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on October 04, 2019, 15:17
IPhone 11 on a selfie stick would have been much easier and cheaper Jim.

I reckon the iPhone would be relocated when the winds reach their normal 40+ kts.

Here's the first photo sent via satellite.

(https://scontent.fyvr3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/71379387_2473559316070281_7274953238191800320_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_oc=AQlqrFT2t8DcCe8oFgf_cAQlbM4EQTLv5-GpGtoYZ8Lotgzjx8Gj3mYVzOjyX1o4nrM&_nc_ht=scontent.fyvr3-1.fna&oh=35f9b58692e77cc449ca727760a3f378&oe=5E27455A)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on October 05, 2019, 04:30
Jim: Really; is that the Rockies - Looks more like the Himalayas - Where was Pic taken ?

Wish I was 25 or 30 again on ski's - Been dropped outta Helo's on top of mountains ;o)

Time stands still - Everything is silent except for the slow methodical rotor wash that beats with your heart as you drop about 20ft into waist deep powder under a Rainbow Dome.  Then you got the mountain below you with 3 or 4 nut cases you never meet from all over the world. It's understood why we are here and that is to fall off the mountain without killing ourselves. One of us is probably a Girl.

From my experience on the mountain pay no attention to that Girl as she will lead you to disaster. Some of the best skiers I've know are Women. (Virginia Cochran)

WOW Factor - Yes I was a serious skier at one time and lived for it over and above motorcycles.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on October 05, 2019, 05:39
Stunning. Clear image and all!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on October 05, 2019, 05:46
Jim: Great Pic sent by satellite; whatever, technology is amazing - What Mountain is that ?

Can I find it on Google Earth - Give me the Coordinates  ;o)

Jim: I sure you know what I'm referring to as the "Silent Rainbow Dome": when hovering a copter on top of a mountain.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on October 05, 2019, 07:19
Jim: Great Pic sent by satellite; whatever, technology is amazing - What Mountain is that ?

Can I find it on Google Earth - Give me the Coordinates  ;o)

N51.3722347, W125.270977

Mt. Waddington, BC ...... the peak in the background is 13,186 ft (4,019 m). In the foreground is the Plummer Hut which was built in 1969 ..... used for mountaineering. The camera site is at 9,000 ft.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mount+Waddington/@51.3722347,-125.270977,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x547c7907760bb997:0xa212f5dbc1fea55e!8m2!3d51.3722222!4d-125.2622222 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mount+Waddington/@51.3722347,-125.270977,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x547c7907760bb997:0xa212f5dbc1fea55e!8m2!3d51.3722222!4d-125.2622222)

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Gerald on October 05, 2019, 11:13
13 deg C. here in the south-west of Germany, and dry for the first time this week. Looked at the weather forecast all week, as the 750 SF was due inspection (TÜV) last month and I didn't want to wait any longer. Pulled up at the inspection place and several cages in front of me. I was summoned to move up to the front. Inspector said it may rain soon and he didn't want the bike to get wet. The SF passed with flying colors ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on October 06, 2019, 08:01
Just rode through a hail storm on the way back from Baskerville race track (near Hobart in Tasmania for those not familiar). The hailstones make a racket on the helmet visor. Fortunately it only lasted about 1km, so was a evidently very local weather phenomenon. Rain had been threatening all day with a few menacing clouds and flashes of lightning in the distance. But it didn't rain seriously until the last race of the day, which was abandoned about 2 laps in because everyone was on slicks and it got too dangerous to continue. I was hoping to get home without getting wet. Alas, that wasn't to be.

BTW, it was the last round in the Tasmanian Road Racing Championship series. Fellow Laverda owner Russell (forum member 'Russ' - some of the Aussie members will know him) won the championship in his division (Historic up to 500cc). He wasn't riding a Laverda though - Honda VFR 400.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: TheWrongTrousers on November 08, 2019, 08:04
Been reading about these bush fires on the East coast in Australia. Are all you Aussies keeping safe ?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on November 08, 2019, 08:30
Been reading about these bush fires on the East coast in Australia. Are all you Aussies keeping safe ?

Bushfires in Tassie one week, snow the next. Antarctic weather pattern in SE Oz at the mo - 14 max in Melbourne today. Some cold weather for the Laverda racers at Broadford (60km north of Melbourne) this weekend!

Really unprecedented to have bushfires in these spring months.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: TC on November 08, 2019, 08:44
As they say, those who dont believe in climate change are warming to the idea....
 (bolt)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on November 08, 2019, 14:39
Interesting that the 11,000 scientists signed a document that in part says we need to reduce our global population by a couple of billion ..... but no one seems to notice that part.

I wonder what they have planned for us next?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on November 09, 2019, 00:06
… we need to reduce our global population by a couple of billion …

So who are we going to cull?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on November 09, 2019, 03:45
So who are we going to cull?

Oh my ...... this could get interesting ........ although guaranteed anyone with an Italian motorcycle is exempt.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on November 09, 2019, 06:20
So who are we going to cull?

Send everyone to the US, a gun each - and sort it out  :o
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: SimonR501 on November 09, 2019, 07:44
Interesting that the 11,000 scientists signed a document that in part says we need to reduce our global population by a couple of billion ....
I believe we have been looking down the wrong end of the telescope!
We can be as careful as we like to reduce our personal carbon footprint and it makes perfect sense, but with the 82 million extra mouths to feed worldwide each year along with the energy they consume during their life, we are in big trouble in the future, climate change or not!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on November 09, 2019, 07:53
Ban motorbike helmets and seatbelts, and get rid of universal healthcare, that'll fix it.
The economists who say the world will end if the market isn't growing all the time are at odds with the scientists there, unless the survivors become super consumers.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul Marx on November 09, 2019, 11:35
We need to eliminate foreigners.
Looks like many countries are going that way already.

Paul
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on November 09, 2019, 19:03
We need to eliminate foreigners.
Looks like many countries are going that way already.

How far back do we go to decide who's a foreigner? Didn't we all come from Africa ..... or a garden .....???
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul Marx on November 09, 2019, 19:49
How far back do we go to decide who's a foreigner? Didn't we all come from Africa ..... or a garden .....???

Anybody not called Henderson or Marx is a foreigner and needs to be thrown out, walled out or put behind barbed wire whilst we decide what to do with them.
Then we'll have a conference in Wannsee to decide.

Paul
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on November 09, 2019, 21:57
I'm Marx ... I'm Henderson ... no, I'm Brian!!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on November 09, 2019, 22:53
Nice day in Brisbane today. Crook as Rookwood yesterday, so stayed indoors most of the day. Actually took 5 days off to head to Broadford, a turn of events put paid to that.

Lady Luck must have been looking after me, there would have been no way I could have ridden, especially if it was cold in Vic.

Bloody bushfires north, south and west of us has the sky looking like China smog, on a good day.

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on November 10, 2019, 07:06
Anybody not called Henderson or Marx is a foreigner and needs to be thrown out, walled out or put behind barbed wire whilst we decide what to do with them.
Then we'll have a conference in Wannsee to decide.

Paul

I always wanted to be an Obergruppenführer ............ until I found out it wasn't really about groping girls.

Lost in translation again .....

Jim
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: huey on November 10, 2019, 18:43
https://twitter.com/i/status/1192766676854435840
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: huey on November 10, 2019, 18:45

NSW RFS
@NSWRFS
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CATASTROPHIC FIRE DANGER - Catastrophic fire danger now forecast for Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter areas on Tuesday. Large areas of state expected to see Severe or Extreme fire danger. Know what to do to reduce your risk.  https://rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/general-news/dangerous-fire-conditions-forecast-for-tuesday-12-november/_nocache #nswrfs #nswfires #alert
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on November 13, 2019, 09:40
Just spent a couple of days driving South Australian fire appliances to Armidale NSW, jeeze it's dry in the New England area and fires everywhere.
dale
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul H on December 10, 2019, 13:14
Sydney area fires on UK news again today.... Has this been going on for weeks and weeks or is there a new flare up?

Lots of new-talk about very bad air quality for those not in direct danger of fire.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on December 10, 2019, 13:23
Started in Queensland, then flared up in New South - and hasn't really let up for about 4+ weeks. We haven't even come close to the traditionally hot and windy part of summer yet! And still our dud dickead-in-the-sand government climate deniers want to chisel on our part of the climate accord!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 10, 2019, 19:21
The forecast is 42c today where I am, and I will be driving past where the fires are about lunchtime. They have closed that road in the years past when the smoke is bad and kept it closed for days. The Putty rd has been closed for weeks and the other alternative the great western hwy would be 100ks of ks of a detour. Interesting times in Oz
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: motoddrob on December 10, 2019, 23:54
Beautiful day here in Walpole, low 20s and clear blue sky. ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: martymoose on December 11, 2019, 02:11
Really sore throat today from breathing smoke all day. When are they calling in the army?  We need all the help we can get to put out the fires.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Bottler on December 11, 2019, 02:48
Agree Marty. I saw a few days ago that the Fed Govt said they would not make RAAF planes available for use as water bombers cos the RFS said they didn't need them.

I reckon they need every assistance in support of their excellent efforts. How much worse does it have to get?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: TC on December 11, 2019, 02:50
Really sore throat today from breathing smoke all day. When are they calling in the army?  We need all the help we can get to put out the fires.

Come on Marty, we have the hopes and prayers of our leaders, what more do we need? and besides I really dont think now is the time to talk about this.... ??? ???
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 11, 2019, 03:25
South Australia sent their thousandth firefighter to NSW yesterday, 0ur fire trucks have been operating in the New England area for a month now, going as far north as Goondawindi.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: OneThinBloke on December 11, 2019, 03:52
Started in Queensland, then flared up in New South - and hasn't really let up for about 4+ weeks. We haven't even come close to the traditionally hot and windy part of summer yet! And still our dud dickead-in-the-sand government climate deniers want to chisel on our part of the climate accord!

G'day,

Very well put.

My close friend Kylie who has a small holding near Albury/Wadongo (sp?) has just posted pictures of snow in Thredbo (sp?). This is fucking nuts.

Most of us on this forum are old gits. At 52 I am at the younger end of the old git spectrum. I was a parent but I am now unlikely to become a grand parent.

I'm "al'right Jack" but I would still like to help leave behind a viable planet for other people's children and grand children.

J
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on December 11, 2019, 06:44
Agree Marty. I saw a few days ago that the Fed Govt said they would not make RAAF planes available for use as water bombers cos the RFS said they didn't need them.

I reckon they need every assistance in support of their excellent efforts. How much worse does it have to get?
Nah, he said that the volunteer RFS just love every minute of it and who is he to spoil their fun.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 11, 2019, 06:54
The drive to Sydney was uneventful, hard to see way out there to pass B Doubles as the smoke hazy was horrible. They're not easy to pass as that's a semi with 2 big trailers attached and very long, but once I got to Murarundi the expected 42c didnt happen. Just the usual long boring drive. I am happy to be out of the inland furnace, it was 30c at 2 am on Monday night. Bit of a change in Sydney at 26c from yesterdays 42c in Wee Waa.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: martymoose on December 11, 2019, 07:14
James I have a great amount of belief in how smart humans are, and how they can fix anything. Look at the advancement in renewable energy and the like. I reckon the future is bright! 
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 12, 2019, 00:19
We are so clever, people buy electric cars in Australia, plug them into the wall at night and fill them up with coal fire produced electricity.....  (clever)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: henrywillms on December 12, 2019, 02:21
Weather a tad cooler and clearer here on the Canadian Praires compared to Australia.  Unseasonably cold with lows of -30C. Only hinderence to visibility is "exhaust fog". This is when the cold temps make exhaust vapor very visible and at red light intersections the cumulative "fog" from all the cars stopped can hang in the air. No sign of global warming here.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 12, 2019, 03:25
I didnt get a chance to wash the bike after the 4500k Tassie ride. Got home yesterday just as the Government have implemented Level 2 water restrictions because of the drought. So that outlaws washing vehicles with a hose. Buckets only so no bike wash for me.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: motoddrob on December 12, 2019, 04:22
Tad warmer today in Walpole expected to reach 30° :o, still it's 10° cooler than Perth :P As for water, I have a dam full of it so no problem washing bikes/cars with hi pressure hoses while the misses drenches the gardens with the fire hose. The only thing I miss about Sydney/ NSW are the twisty roads and the Snowys.
Bit of smoke around due to a not far away controlled burn that amazingly seems to actually be controlled, ATM. They're getting closer to the bush behind me, that's when I'll start freaking out.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 12, 2019, 05:08
The weather in Tassie hasn't improved much since the NSW guys were here. We're still feeling the effects of the Antarctic vortex. Bloody windy all the time and cooler than average. The Bureau of Meteorology reckons it'll be like that for another couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on December 12, 2019, 09:02
The weather in Tassie hasn't improved much since the NSW guys were here. We're still feeling the effects of the Antarctic vortex. Bloody windy all the time and cooler than average. The Bureau of Meteorology reckons it'll be like that for another couple of weeks.
We're getting it here in Melbourne too Cam. With the odd 39 degree day thrown in. I'm happier in 22 than 44, I assure you!!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 12, 2019, 21:30
28 years ago, I packed the car moving away from Melbourne. Two weeks of 42 degree days and overnight mid 30’s.

In my school days, in regional Victoria, we relished 105F + days, cause we could go home.



Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 14, 2019, 17:33
28 years ago, I packed the car moving away from Melbourne. Two weeks of 42 degree days and overnight mid 30’s.


Not possible ......... this hot weather global warming thing was barely invented back then.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 14, 2019, 21:17
Not possible ......... this hot weather global warming thing was barely invented back then.

Oh, that’s right. Maybe the cows all farted at once.

https://dailycaller.com/2017/07/31/australia-weather-bureau-caught-tampering-with-climate-numbers/
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Steve G. on December 15, 2019, 00:07


  Over here in Vancouver suburb of North Surrey, currently 39F or 4C, low cloud, not very nice at all actually. I worked almost 30 years out in the elements, summer and winter. i'll take 36C over 0C any day of the week. Heat is uncomfortable, cold actually physically stings. Took the bike out today, [not the Laverda, just got a shipment from Wolfgang, sprockets, chain, cush drive, etc] , my airhead GS has heated grips and plugged in the electric vest, otherwise, it would have been rather uncomfortable.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Tippie on December 15, 2019, 09:30
The effect of the temperature is directly related to humidity. Try 36c with 99% relative humidity, brutal. Same with low temps.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 20, 2019, 01:17
48c in South Oz where the latest fires are, that's 118f.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 20, 2019, 03:00
Typical Winter Weather here on the North Shore of Lake Huron in Spanish Ontario. One day 20 below and the next day 5 above and melting.

Vince your weather is scary HOT !
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 20, 2019, 04:47
48c in South Oz where the latest fires are, that's 118f.

I hear the shit has hit the fan near Adelaide ....... fack.

Jim
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 20, 2019, 06:37
Big fire at Cudlee Creek (centre of the universe), our truck first on scene, fire is in very hilly scrub heading to more open country. Just got relieved after working for seven hours in 45+ temperatures, STUFFED
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on December 20, 2019, 06:49
Stay safe, Terry... We'll get the MV out when I get back and take it to Tailem Bend
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 20, 2019, 07:07
Good luck Legs, big day here tomorrow in Sydney
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on December 20, 2019, 07:48
44 in Preston (northern suburb of Melbourne). Thick smoke haze blanketing the city this morning - thought it must have been a grass fire on the northern outskirts - turns out it's smoke from the NSW fires blown south!!!

Cool southerly change not due here until 2am - nearly 8 hours. No aircon in our 20s calabunga weatherboard. But got an aircon guy coming tomoz to discuss options.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: markQLD on December 20, 2019, 11:14
Australia is hot. Very hot!
(http://www.laverdaforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10581/www-windy-com_01.JPG)
Today at 3PM as shown on Windy.com

Take care all.
cheers, Mark
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 20, 2019, 19:15
Out again last night, out again this morning. Still not aware of the total losses but one dead and one missing reported.
When you are working in one spot you totally unaware of what's going in other areas.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 20, 2019, 19:26
I hope it goes well today but when they mention The Gross Valley that brings back memories I don't like.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on December 20, 2019, 20:07
Out again last night, out again this morning. Still not aware of the total losses but one dead and one missing reported.
When you are working in one spot you totally unaware of what's going in other areas.

How's Ian getting on out Harrogate way: according to Sentinel https://sentinel.ga.gov.au/#/ (https://sentinel.ga.gov.au/#/) his area doesn't look very user friendly at all..
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 20, 2019, 21:03
Cudlie Creek fire hit the Qld news this morning. Head down Terry.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Is2 on December 21, 2019, 02:37
How's Ian getting on out Harrogate way: according to Sentinel https://sentinel.ga.gov.au/#/ (https://sentinel.ga.gov.au/#/) his area doesn't look very user friendly at all..

The house has gone absolutely nothing left. The shed is intact and all the contents, I will be moving my bikes to a safer location shortly, before any looters move in.

Every inch of the property has been burnt, my stock appear to be OK but will be hungry, my generous  lucerne supplier is giving me a round.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 21, 2019, 02:41
The house has gone absolutely nothing left. The shed is intact and all the contents, I will be moving my bikes to a safer location shortly, before any looters move in.

Every inch of the property has been burnt, my stock appear to be OK but will be hungry, my generous  lucerne supplier is giving me a round.

Ah fuck! Terrible news Ian.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 21, 2019, 02:45
Its an evil bastard of a thing this fire.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 21, 2019, 03:19
The house has gone absolutely nothing left. The shed is intact and all the contents, I will be moving my bikes to a safer location shortly, before any looters move in.

Every inch of the property has been burnt, my stock appear to be OK but will be hungry, my generous  lucerne supplier is giving me a round.
Bump.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 21, 2019, 05:17
Bloody hell Ian, what can I say. Room in my shed if needed, that's if it survives the fire which is about a kilometre away.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: martymoose on December 21, 2019, 06:15
Oh no, please stay safe guys. 
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on December 21, 2019, 06:32
Anna and I are very sad to hear that, Ian: it’s only a house, at least you’re safe. How’s the old man and his place?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: breganzane on December 21, 2019, 06:49
Bad news, very sorry to hear it, though the shed and stock is a positive at least.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 21, 2019, 07:21
Shit Ian. That's a bastard of a thing to happen. Glad you still with us though, and not gone up in smoke with the house.

I hope insurance will sort you out in the long term, but is there something we in the Laverda community can do in the short-term to help get some relief under way? Maybe throw some funds together for accommodation or animal feed or something. I dunno how crowd funding works but surely we could come up with some way of helping - perhaps via donations into a paypal account. I'm not a wealthy person but at least I still have a roof over my head and would be happy do donate something.

Cheers,
Cam
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 21, 2019, 07:30
Shit Ian. That's a bastard of a thing to happen. Glad you still with us though, and not gone up in smoke with the house.

I hope insurance will sort you out in the long term, but is there something we in the Laverda community can do in the short-term to help get some relief under way? Maybe throw some funds together for accommodation or animal feed or something. I dunno how crowd funding works but surely we could come up with some way of helping - perhaps via donations into a paypal account. I'm not a wealthy person but at least I still have a roof over my head and would be happy do donate something.

Cheers,
Cam

I’m looking at it now Cam. Same as we did for Terry.

Ian’s situation is even more dire, accomodation, clothes, presents under the tree, animal feed, shotgun shells at gate, etc.

 May not add up to much, but anything we can add may be of help.

AndyW already has $100 in my fundraiser account. We can build on that.

PM sent Terry and Andrew
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: martymoose on December 21, 2019, 07:57
Thanks Chris let us know when you’re up and running enough for a slab of beer coming your way
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 21, 2019, 08:08
Thanks Chris let us know when you’re up and running enough for a slab of beer coming your way

Will do, just don’t want to upset Ian, by jumping the gun.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: rowdypat on December 21, 2019, 09:18
My best wishes to you Ian. Glad you're ok mate.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: maurice turner on December 21, 2019, 09:36
Oh shit Ian let me know if I can help PM me.
Bets wishes
Maurice.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 21, 2019, 10:19
It was very much appreciated when the forum kicked in $6000 when I was hit by the Sampson Flat fire in 2015, I'm sure we can do better than that for Ian, whose losses are far greater than mine,
Who do I donate money to, think Chris organised the donations for my loss.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: hooksey on December 21, 2019, 11:29
Arrghh..... that’s terrible news Ian, thinking of you and your family at this time.
All the best
Hooksey.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: a14rgs on December 21, 2019, 16:54
I’m looking at it now Cam. Same as we did for Terry.

Ian’s situation is even more dire, accomodation, clothes, presents under the tree, animal feed, shotgun shells at gate, etc.

 May not add up to much, but anything we can add may be of help.

AndyW already has $100 in my fundraiser account. We can build on that.

PM sent Terry and Andrew

Ian, sending best wishes from the UK and hoping that your circumstances take a turn for the better.

Chris, keep us updated please.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Is2 on December 21, 2019, 20:39
What can I say, Thanks for your kind words.

The house and contents are insured for what I thought was an excessive amount at the time but am glad I didn't change it.
As Andy and Anna said its only a thing, Kathy and myself are ok, and still have each other, and our dogs.

We will work though it and hopefully be better for it.

Here's to 2020,
Cheers Ian.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: AndyW on December 21, 2019, 21:09
The true Aussie spirit: what a hero, onya Ian!!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 21, 2019, 21:35
Goodonya Ian, know pretty well what you are going through, let me know if you need a hand with any fencing ;)

Terry
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 22, 2019, 00:44
I had assumed that all people got out OK, but I'm glad to hear that Ian's dogs are safe too. Dogs are loved members of the family, losing one to a fire would be heartbreaking.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 22, 2019, 07:58
Canada presently has 50 Canadian Firefighters in Australia and planing to send hundreds more - Wonder if Jim will be conscripted ?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 22, 2019, 08:01
I see where Canada presently has 50 Canadian Firefighters in Australia and planing to send hundreds more - Wonder if Jim will be conscripted ?

On my way tomorrow night.

Jim
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 22, 2019, 08:05
A 2 sec response man. You're the Man. Wish you a safe journey and Merry XMas and Happy New Year in Australia - Wish I was going ;o)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 22, 2019, 08:19
Thanks ron. I'll do what I can do and it is a bloody awful thing for the people losing property. I'm no hero ....... I'll do what I can do and hope we will all be around to talk about it at the end of this shitshow.

Jim
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 22, 2019, 08:22
I was a hose man (Kid) on the ground and had to dodge your bloody bombs - Yes fire fighting is a Hell.

I've seen Trees and Wild Life explode when firefighting.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 22, 2019, 08:33
I was a hose man (Kid) on the ground and had to dodge your bloody bombs - Yes fire fighting is a Hell.

I've seen Trees and Wild Life explode when firefighting.

Yep ..... me too when I was 17 ....... probably inspired me to be a pilot after watching the pilots laugh at me slogging through the loonshit.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 22, 2019, 08:37
"Loonshit" I doubt our Aussie friends will understand that term.

Strange thing being up to your nick in Loonshit could probably save you life when trapped in a Forest fire.

Shit it's 3:40 AM here - You're up late as well.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 22, 2019, 08:54
You're right Ron. Never heard the term before. Had to google it.

Loonshit - the grasping quagmire-type muck that is found around streams, marshes and swamps. Used by some outdoorsmen.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 22, 2019, 09:01
Dellorto: You might survive the fire but the Loonshit will surely kill you. Either way your prospect of survival is not in your favor.

It's not the flame that will kill you - It's the lack of oxygen.

Loonshit and Quicksand are somewhat synonymous.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 22, 2019, 09:10
We have the same stuff here but we don't call it loonshit. I've been deep in it on many occasions in my younger days when I used to go bushwalking in South West Tasmania. It's a bastard when you suddenly disappear up to your waist in the stuff, with a heavy rucksack pushing you down. Takes a lot of effort to drag yourself out.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 22, 2019, 09:38
One of the valleys we used to trail ride beside the Putty Road out past Grey Gums Cafe years before it was built had a curious thing we discovered later called Peat Bog. It had nice low grass growing on it and it rippled if you walked slowly but brake the surface and it was bottomless. Interesting on a dirtbike. The only place I ever struck it. Hit some quicksand in a creek once as well, nothing like those Jungle Jim films. It doesn't suck you down to drown, just deep enough so the suction or Vaccum holds you and then gets scary. The more you dig the deeper you go. The trick to getting a bike out is leaning it over and then digging. Seems tidal creeks have this and the drowning happens when the tide comes in.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 22, 2019, 09:40
"Caught in Loonshit" is a Canadian expression meaning you have been called to prove yourself whether it is or not your cause.

That's how Jim used the term.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: martymoose on December 24, 2019, 09:07
Well smear my eyelids with jam and sit me on an anthill, it’s actually raining!!!!!!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 24, 2019, 11:17
Well smear my eyelids with jam and sit me on an anthill, it’s actually raining!!!!!!

Bit of a spritz coming from the clouds in Cooroy tonight.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 24, 2019, 22:09
Well smear my eyelids with jam and sit me on an anthill, it’s actually raining!!!!!!

Suck me dry and call me Dusty, it pissed down rain in Brisbane last night.!!!!
Santa must have been cloud seeding from his sleigh ..... thanks big fella.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on December 25, 2019, 00:30
You lucky, lucky bastard.
Dry as a dead dingo's donga in SA.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: motoddrob on December 25, 2019, 01:03
Dry as a nun's in my neck of the woods too. Nice mild day with clear skies.
After a few tequilas and beers my head will be cloudy bit later though ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 25, 2019, 01:34
 :o Got a smile on me dial. A few more drops this morning, strewth
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 25, 2019, 02:15
Pissing down nicely in Cooroy today.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 26, 2019, 06:44
Jim: Take it your in Queensland - Would very much like hear a Canadian take about Australia.

By the way "Caught in Loonshit" is a respected Canadian phrase being referred to a bottomless infested pit and it will take all you have too survive applying to the every day walk through life. There's nothing on earth really more terrifying then being lost in an endless Northern Canadian Swamp. Mosquito's so dense in a bottomless Loonshit Swamp can plug your nose and mouth and you suffocate while they suck the blood out of you - Not a pleasant way to die; as if, death is pleasant ;o)

Before you die you may find the Wendigo ("Wind-I-Go". The Name of my 35ft Hedley Nicol designed Australian Trimaran Cavalier - Sail Plan #35" Ketch sail boat) meaning "Bush Madness" in Ojibwemowin - My Ojibwe name is Shiko which means "Swamp spirit - Whom communicates between the living and the dead"; in other words, a phosphorous stump glowing in the dark while river paddling a canoe in the fog of night.

In all sense you stay away from Loonshit Swamps but shit happens in Life and without it you never really live.

Fuck I'm just an Irish kid, fortunate to grow up in Northern Ontario and rode a Breganzie 750 SF0 ;o)

By the way Merry XMas and Happy New Year to our Laverda Forum Weather reporters.

Dec 25th (XMas Day) 2019 North Shore Lake Huron = -3 to 0c with about 1ft of melting snow in the bush and a weather warning of freezing rain in effect  - Typical weather for the North Shore - I love Lake Hurons north shore climate - That's why I retired here.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 26, 2019, 08:02
Just read all that Ron ....... I'm going to find you one day soon! I'll tell you all about Australia ....... and then we'll talk loonshit ...... probably take us a week to get through all the stories!

Looking forward to meeting you Ron!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 26, 2019, 22:23
Jim, I’ve read your Avatar message 100 times. I still have no idea what it means.
Please Explain
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 26, 2019, 22:44
Jim, I’ve read your Avatar message 100 times. I still have no idea what it means.
Please Explain

Bit of Irish (or perhaps Isle of Man) colloquialism there I reckon Chris. 
If you google 'the craic was 90' it might start to make more sense.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 26, 2019, 23:21
Bit of Irish (or perhaps Isle of Man) colloquialism there I reckon Chris. 
If you google 'the craic was 90' it might start to make more sense.

Got it.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 27, 2019, 00:48
Got it.

My ass crack only goes 90 after a night of Mexican food.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 27, 2019, 01:30
My ass crack only goes 90 after a night of Mexican food.

Is why I try not to fart in the car anymore. Air conditioning through the seats cause the
fart to hide out in the car until you start it again.

Light drizzle in Brisbane this morning.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 27, 2019, 01:47

Light drizzle in Brisbane this morning.

Bit of a shower at Cooroy as well. Just got word I could be headed to Sydney area Monday or Tuesday.

Also found out that even though I am working for a Canadian company I have to receive a percentage of my wages in Australia. Might mean I have a bank account here for buying parts ...... or even a Laverda ...... and the boss lady back home may not even find out!

Oh yes ....... the possibilities are endless!

Jim
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 27, 2019, 01:56
Bit of a shower at Cooroy as well. Just got word I could be headed to Sydney area Monday or Tuesday.

Also found out that even though I am working for a Canadian company I have to receive a percentage of my wages in Australia. Might mean I have a bank account here for buying parts ...... or even a Laverda ...... and the boss lady back home may not even find out!

Oh yes ....... the possibilities are endless!

Jim

You want to pop down to Brisbane this arvo? Got 20 people coming for late lunch, early dinner.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 27, 2019, 02:59
Wish I could. I'm finishing up here and won't be done until after 6:00 then tomorrow morning early I'm headed for Towoomba. Once I'm there I'll be tied to the base pretty much during the day.

Jim
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on December 28, 2019, 01:42
Drove Melbourne to CannedBerra yesterday. 22 when we (two teen kids and the mrs) left home and temp outside went up a degree about every 10 minutes, topping out at 41 on the dash (probably 39 actual). Aircon in the Skoda worked until it showed about 25, then it was front windows half down all the way. Faaaarrrrkkk!!!

640km - felt like a 3 day epic over the Nullarbor. Arrived with tinitus from the wind white noise, dehydrated and totally knackered. Smoke haze is bad but comes in after dusk to the point of dangerous to the health. Hide indoors till morning. Fcast for the week - high 30s without respite, plus the smoke. Bicycle riding might not be happening! Thought I'd sorted the Skoda aircon un til the temp hit 25 and it became apparent I have failed! New compressor? Dunno - but I'm seriously over it.

Tom and Steve, in town and not sure if you're around and I can get in a visit, or whether you want a visitor, but will txt regardless.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 28, 2019, 02:02
If you were in an EH wagon, you wouldn’t have aircon, but you could pick up a few roo’s and wombats for the barbecue. ;D
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 28, 2019, 03:32
JIM: Have you dropped any Bombs yet ?
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 28, 2019, 04:46
Hi Cam I was reading its Tassies turn for the next heatwave on Monday and Tuesday. 40c for Hobart soon.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 28, 2019, 04:51
Hi Cam I was reading its Tassies turn for the next heatwave on Monday and Tuesday. 40c for Hobart soon.

Yep. Not looking forward to it. I thinking of going for a bike ride, but might stay indoors with my pissy little air-con unit going flat-out.
Some brain-dead idiot will probably light a fire somewhere. Usually happens on hot and windy days.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 28, 2019, 04:58
I was just reading about some insane 71-year-old farmer who was charged and bailed for lighting a fire on Boxing day, total fire ban day, burning rubbish or clearing land and it got away and burned 40 hectares, brain dead idiot.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 28, 2019, 05:12
We must have had a storm early this morning. According to the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race tracker, the line honours winner, Commanche, has been blown ashore about 100m.  ;)

I was actually woken up at a bit before 7am by the racket of a helicopter just above my house, rattling my windows. Got up to see what was going on and Commanche was about 50m offshore right outside my house, with a throng of spectator and media boats, and 3 helicopters hovering above. Then she tacked across to the finish line on the other side of the Derwent Estuary. Quite an impressive sight. If I'd had my phone in my hand at the time, I would have taken a photo.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 28, 2019, 05:52
https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.4742941 (https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.4742941)

Dellortoman: I grew up with PBY's scooping tanks off my front porch (Dock) in Northern Ontario fighting Forest Fires. Today there's not much left - Practicably no forest, all the water is brown, no fish and not much wildlife - Very Sad.

Not saying Forest Fires were the cause but Timbering, Mining and Human Intervention IS !
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on December 28, 2019, 06:23
I grew up with PBY's scooping tanks off my front porch in Northern Ontario fighting Forest Fires.

Had to google PBY. It means Patrol Bomber code Y. The code referring to the aircraft type, in this case Y = Consolidated Aircraft Catalina.
I don't think PB codes are used in Australia.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 28, 2019, 06:30
Yes the Consolidated PBY Catalina - They were lots of them in Northern Ontario when I was young. From the prop wash I can tell it's a PBY when it's 20 miles away. I use to surf her wake in a 15 ft canoe then paddle to the Gov't dock and help the Lands and Forest to load her with Drums of Fuel and yes I flew on them back in the mid 50's into early 60's as a volunteer Fire Fighter - Other being young and adventurous, I new the territory better then the crew. 

I hopped around northern Ontario lakes and ponds in J3 Cub with my Dad.

Working for the L&F or a Lodge as a kid paid penitence compared to guiding American Tourist, playing pool or a piano in a Northern Ontarian Lodge (Most of all it was the People).

Northern Ontario was and still a great place to live but it's shrinking FAST !

You have to consider I'm 72 with lots of stories, some good and some tragic, about the North.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 28, 2019, 11:35
JIM: Have you dropped any Bombs yet ?

I'm in Towoomba right now. Go out tomorrow to relocate some water!
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 28, 2019, 11:43
Had to google PBY. It means Patrol Bomber code Y. The code referring to the aircraft type, in this case Y = Consolidated Aircraft Catalina.
I don't think PB codes are used in Australia.

The working names were Canso and Catalina. Canso was the name for Canadian aircraft. One flown by RCAF Squadron Leader Birchall detected the Japanese fleet approaching Ceylon. May have been a different war in the Pacific if he had missed them.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 28, 2019, 12:03
If you watch the History channel on TV you mostly get the American story of WW2, a tiny bit of the Aussie perspective and buggar all of anyone else including the Canadian Story, some Europian theatre mention but nothing in the pacific I have seen. That Ceylon reference I haven't heard at all.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on December 28, 2019, 21:31
If you watch the History channel on TV you mostly get the American story of WW2, a tiny bit of the Aussie perspective and buggar all of anyone else including the Canadian Story, some Europian theatre mention but nothing in the pacific I have seen. That Ceylon reference I haven't heard at all.

I doubt you hear it much in Canada anymore. Used to be a big deal in highschool history class. That same fellow got shot down after he spotted the Japanese navy and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp. If you read up on him he was a senior officer in many camps and repeatedly stood up to the Jap guards and repeatedly got beaten and put in solitairy. Probably saved a lot of lives doing that. Also was one of the longest serving Canadian Forces members ever ......... although he partially resigned in protest to the "Unification of the Forces" in 1967 when they made everyone wear the same uniform .......... shit green. All stuff I learned in highschool. My Uncle was a radar operator in Canso's based out of India and met him many times after the war. Sqn Ldr Birchall was a god to most serviceman!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Birchall (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Birchall)

Sorry for my rant ......... I have to go kick a hippy now. Okay ...... no I won't.

Jim

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 28, 2019, 22:44
Here's my Rant regarding the MNR:

Back then the Lands and Forest Ministry was effectively hiring volunteers and had government docks built in remote areas through out the north and used a fleet of PBY's - Today it's a revamped Ministry called the MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources). Very expensive on the Tax dollar and run by people that know nothing about the north other then exploiting it for personal political gains and wealth.

A drunk native was said to have tripped on a plank of a remote Lands and Forest dock and drowned. Hence suing the Canadian Government causing the demise of the original Lands and Forest Act and the removal of all remote Gov't docks ?

I'm very familiar with the case as the incident happened on a Gov't dock very close to where I grew up.

Under the Lands and Forest Act, Game Wardens and Inspectors could only carry a long rifle just as Citizens. Under the MNR these young Game Wardens (POLICE) now carry Glocks in the Wilderness which are prohibited for Citizens.

RANT & RANT ;o)

Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 29, 2019, 02:32
That Orange glow in the shy is back in Sydney, round 2 is about to start.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 29, 2019, 03:44
Working out which way to go to Victoria, looks like the Newell, To Forbes, Griffith then Benalla through to Gippsland. Trying to get around fires and 40+ weather
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 29, 2019, 07:10
I'm in Towoomba right now. Go out tomorrow to relocate some water!

Riding around Toowoomba tomorrow, don’t drop a bag full on me.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: hooksey on December 29, 2019, 07:32
Working out which way to go to Victoria, looks like the Newell, To Forbes, Griffith then Benalla through to Gippsland. Trying to get around fires and 40+ weather

What date you comin down CK ?
Meet ya in the Neerim Sth beer garden on Thurs 2nd 🍻
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on December 30, 2019, 08:28
What date you comin down CK ?
Meet ya in the Neerim Sth beer garden on Thurs 2nd 🍻

Got as far as Parkes, 930klms.
 Fecking hot on bike.... B’jesus. Should make Gippsland tomorrow
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on December 31, 2019, 03:57
Chrisk:
Quote
Working for the L&F or a Lodge as a kid paid penitence compared to guiding American Tourist, playing pool or a piano in a Northern Ontarian Lodge (Most of all it was the People).
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on December 31, 2019, 06:16
Got as far as Parkes, 930klms.
 Fecking hot on bike.... B’jesus. Should make Gippsland tomorrow

Gippsland??!! Some serious fires in that part of the state - along with other places. Nasty nasty nasty stuff happening in our little country.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on December 31, 2019, 06:26
Chris no chance, all roads leading to that area are closed.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: maurice turner on December 31, 2019, 21:39
Got as far as Parkes, 930klms.
 Fecking hot on bike.... B’jesus. Should make Gippsland tomorrow
Hey Chris are you on the BFN 1400???
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 04, 2020, 01:34
Another warm windy day here, with smoke in the air.

A friend of mine often listens to police radio. She said there's been reports of a bloke on a green trail bike (Kawasaki?) who's been seen lighting fires around the Hobart area. Cops have been trying to catch him for a couple of weeks. He'd better hope the cops get him before any of the locals do.  >:(
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on January 11, 2020, 05:40
Canadian news is following the Australian weather/fire situation with extensive reporting. Lots of news right now about the plight not only of the people but of many of the creatures, very sad.

Here in western Canada, weather reports indicate a "polar vortex" descending, will apparently hit well below minus 30 Celsius next several days.

Paul LeClair
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 11, 2020, 05:47
We struck one of those "polar vortex" in Tasmania in mid-Novermber or what used to be called Spring down here in the southern hemisphere. Not as nuts as a Canadian one, only 2c. Bad enough for us spring chickens. Cannot tell if we have bushfire smoke or just a standard grey day in Sydney, I think the later as it smells ok for a change
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Post by: Basketcase on January 11, 2020, 06:02
Got as far as Parkes, 930klms.
 Fecking hot on bike.... B’jesus. Should make Gippsland tomorrow

Should have taken your Elvis costume instead.
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Post by: motoddrob on January 11, 2020, 06:33
The loss of wild life is more upsetting to me than the loss of houses and infrastructure. Numbers like a billion animals/birds etc are gone. The lucky fuckers that survived the fires by burrowing under ground emerge to find a blacken dead landscape with nothing to eat so starvation will kill them.
It really is tragic.
I went for a ride out through the back blocks where our forrest dept had a so called controlled burn about 4 months ago and found the same blackened landscape. I stopped for a piss and didn't see any life. Can remember the mushroom like cloud that appeared in the sky and thinking that was a hot burn. Seeing it from my own eyes I was discussed what they'd done.
They're in charge of looking after our environment and as usual they fucked up again.
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Post by: martymoose on January 11, 2020, 06:39
Will take a long time to recover still bad in the snowy some of our favourite areas to ride haven’t recovered from the last fire.
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Post by: Legs on January 11, 2020, 06:40
Drove from Cudlee Creek up to the Bakery in Lobethal to get some bread (funny about that) this afternoon; the landscape is totally burnt out with destroyed properties everywhere. Over the last few weeks this has become the norm for me but what wasn't the norm were the sightseers cruising at 40kph and stopping to take photos of the devastation. Had to retreat back home before I strangled somebody and ended up in deep shit.
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Post by: TC on January 11, 2020, 06:59
The loss of wild life is more upsetting to me than the loss of houses and infrastructure. Numbers like a billion animals/birds etc are gone. The lucky fuckers that survived the fires by burrowing under ground emerge to find a blacken dead landscape with nothing to eat so starvation will kill them.
It really is tragic.

I know, it is something that I find astounding that in Australia we seem to only count ourselves and our property as relevant, I think that may all change after these fires though.
The true cost of these fires is beyond our comprehension I feel.
 :(
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Post by: helicopterjim on January 11, 2020, 08:56
Canadian news is following the Australian weather/fire situation with extensive reporting. Lots of news right now about the plight not only of the people but of many of the creatures, very sad.

Here in western Canada, weather reports indicate a "polar vortex" descending, will apparently hit well below minus 30 Celsius next several days.

Paul LeClair

Supposed to hit minus 40 in central BC where I live. Of course it is my fault as I'm not there to plough the snow or haul more firewood.

Jim
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on January 11, 2020, 20:20
We had a little rain last night in Brisbane, beautiful.
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Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on January 11, 2020, 23:56
Too true about the wildlife loss and its consequences. I heard a professor of environmental science or some such who has studied in great depth the efficacy of cold or controlled burns. Window of opportunity diminishing considerably every year aside, he said the evidence is clear that it is patently ineffective and very damaging, especially over the long term. I'm going to try and find it as a podcast and relisten, because I can't remember the details and I was very impressed by the fact-based explanations he gave.

I keep seeing the old heads arguing that the fires are worse and harder to control because we don't have enough controlled burns but it simply isn't true. Maybe close to towns, but then an ember attack 10km ahead of a fire storm is probably going to negate the effects of controlled burns. And how do you do a controlled burn on an area the size of Denmark - and expanding by the hour.
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Post by: motoddrob on January 12, 2020, 00:33
Was that guy name Kimberly Dixon by any chance Q ?
I've also read a little bit about controlled burns and now the science is saying that it's more destructive to the environment. They like to burn here every 7-10 years which isn't long enough for the bush to regenerate fully.
Apparently where the fires have burned into bush that hasn't been burned for many decades it has slowed the fires down. I see it in my own bush where I've cleared around the house the moister that's in the humus. Burn that humus and you end up with dry earth along with killing all the insects that live in it breaking down all the leaf/sticks and limb litter that collects.
Leaf and limb matter doesn't stop falling and there's nothing left to break it down, the ground is dry and you have a major fire hazard.

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Post by: Tippie on January 12, 2020, 07:04
Your point about the mulch is normally effective Rob. However the extreme temperatures this summer has brought in Australia has totally dried even old wet forest areas through their mulch and even into the soil. So that even these forests that have never burned before went up like kindling. The blackfellas had been doing burns long before whitefella came and wrecked the place, but apparently they didn't have 49 degree spring weather.
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Post by: motoddrob on January 12, 2020, 13:59
Your right Lee, the rain forest are even burning!!

Ya fucked if you do and ya fucked if you don't :)
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Post by: 78jotadave on January 13, 2020, 05:17
As we are all aware tropical rainforests of Brazil have been burning for years, some of it is controlled a lot isn't.  Naturally regenerating tropical forests take about 20 years for forest cover to come back after a fire.
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Post by: Paul Marx on January 13, 2020, 11:03
Australia, Brazil, California, Southern Europe and occasionally Russian tundra.

Paul
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Post by: Andy J on January 13, 2020, 20:22
Fires in Madeira this Christmas/new year which is pretty unusual for this time of year. We didn’t experience any rain in the two weeks, when we would normally expect at least a few wet days.
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Post by: Vince on January 14, 2020, 17:15
A couple of years back Indonesia had crazy fires as well, a mate who spent his life as a pro firey volunteered to help organise the locals around there Oragatan area as the fires were threatening their habitat. This is so tough on the wildlife, with diminished areas and huge pressures without major fires
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul LeClair on January 17, 2020, 02:39
forecast is for the temperature to hit minus 41 Celsius here overnight tonight. It is so cold out everything is kind of crunchy, extreme cold alerts issued by the weather networks, warnings as to how fast exposed flesh will freeze, etc. Happens every year around this time, every year it is yet another shock at how extreme this weather is. I filled the bird feeder to the top again tonight with high energy cracked sunflower seeds, hordes of birds flocking to the feeder, don't know how they survive these temperatures....

Paul LeClair
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Post by: Grant on January 17, 2020, 02:46
They can't be too clever or they would migrate south.
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Post by: Dellortoman on January 17, 2020, 03:46
Blimey. Not even penguins put up with that sort of weather (well, maybe emperor penguins, but they're masochists).
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Post by: chrisk on January 19, 2020, 22:53
Blimey. Not even penguins put up with that sort of weather (well, maybe emperor penguins, but they're masochists).

I got off the plane from Melbourne Satdy arvo: A thick wall of humidity hit me, welcome back to Brisbane.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Laverda SF on January 21, 2020, 04:50
Jim: Looks like Harry needs a job and he's a Helicopter Pilot - Teach him our Ways ;o)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on January 21, 2020, 06:04
Jim: Looks like Harry needs a job and he's a Helicopter Pilot - Teach him our Ways ;o)

Pffftt. He wouldn't work in an Iron Lung.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on January 21, 2020, 12:28
Pffftt. He wouldn't work in an Iron Lung.

Actually I reckon he quite likes a bit of hard work. Good luck to him shoving the whole royal thing (he's gonna need it - the paaprazz will absolutely LOVE this - even after what they did to his mum!). Deep down he obviously believes it's a toss, same as we all do.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on January 22, 2020, 03:39
Good luck to him shoving the whole royal thing after what they did to his mum! Deep down he obviously believes it's a toss, same as we all do.

Fixed without adding a word.  ;)
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Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on January 22, 2020, 07:51
Nice work, CK. My personal editor!
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Post by: helicopterjim on January 22, 2020, 11:37
Jim: Looks like Harry needs a job and he's a Helicopter Pilot - Teach him our Ways ;o)

I do need a copilot next week.

Jim
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Legs on January 23, 2020, 07:38
A C-130- Hercules leased from Coulson Aviation in Canada has crashed whilst bombing fires in New South Wales Australia, the crew of three were killed. :'(
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Post by: Dellortoman on January 23, 2020, 07:50
That's just awful. Very sad.
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Post by: martymoose on January 23, 2020, 08:32
3 american pilots, very sad.
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Post by: TC on January 23, 2020, 09:33
Its just tragic, for pilots to have to come all this way and then be killed fighting our fires is just so sad.

 
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Post by: helicopterjim on January 23, 2020, 11:13
A C-130- Hercules leased from Coulson Aviation in Canada has crashed whilst bombing fires in New South Wales Australia, the crew of three were killed. :'(

Very tragic ........ horrible winds and a duststorm rolled in this morning. We parked all the aircraft based out of Cooma and were waiting for the winds to let up. Then we heard they had launched the air tanker ..... without a bird dog as it was too windy and the bird dog wouldn't fly in these conditions. We thought they were crazy ....... turns out it was worse than crazy.
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Post by: chrisk on January 23, 2020, 20:14
Bloody hell, that’s such a waste.
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Post by: Laverda SF on January 23, 2020, 21:17
Jim: Have you "reveled" to our Aussie Mates what "The crack of 90" is ?

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I do need a copilot next week.
Sign him up man!

Right now it's 0C for late January on the North Shore where normally should be -20C - Can't complain ;o)

Harry's a Greener - Bet he will go for it. Call him Jim, considering he's a qualified military trained helicopter pilot !

This is what Canada is all about and you are in the pilot seat.
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Post by: Dellortoman on January 23, 2020, 22:24
We thought they were crazy ....... turns out it was worse than crazy.

Blimey Jim. Sounds like they were a bit too keen to get the job done. Enthusiasm is good, but not so good if the risk becomes unmanageable.

I hope you're not heading for trouble yourself by publicly expressing an opinion. The people sitting behind desks in government offices don't seem to like folks pre-empting the official crash investigation. Not that there's much they can do to you other than expressing their displeasure.
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Post by: helicopterjim on January 24, 2020, 11:43

I hope you're not heading for trouble yourself by publicly expressing an opinion. The people sitting behind desks in government offices don't seem to like folks pre-empting the official crash investigation. Not that there's much they can do to you other than expressing their displeasure.

Fuck 'em. Send me home ya cunts.

No ...... we had a safety meeting this morning and myself and many others addressed the "elefant in the room". I  am a firm advocate of saying "there must be another way ..... a better way ..... a safer way" However .....  the spin on this one by the powers that be will just turn it into three heroes ...... who shouldn't have been there ...... and had the power to change that but chose to take the mission ...... and then the truth will be buried.

Sorry ...... I'm pissed at the whole deal.

Jim
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: martymoose on January 24, 2020, 21:34
Hey Jim, feel free to vent here, that’s what we’re here for. Out of interest what is a bird dog?
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Post by: Legs on January 24, 2020, 22:11
Believe a 'Bird Dog' is a light aircraft that flies in front of the heavies as a guide. Seen them operating that way over the Adelaide Hills. For us firies in South Aus our greatest friend in the sky are the Sky Tractors, been dumped on by them many a time :D
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Post by: chrisk on January 24, 2020, 22:15
Sky Tractors, been dumped on by them many a time :D

Sky Tractor ...... another term of endearment for my ex wife.  8)
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 25, 2020, 00:08
Fuck 'em. Send me home ya cunts.

Looks like you're becoming fluent in the local dialect.  :laugh:

PS: Don't go home. Your work here is very much appreciated.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on January 25, 2020, 02:03
Doing the vocabulary thing really well.  :laugh:



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Post by: Piranha Brother 2 on January 25, 2020, 23:23
Pretty amazing to hear your take on this tragedy Jim. As soon as I heard about the accident I thought of you, especially the Canadian connection.
I wasn’t sure from your post whether it was the pilots who made the decision to fly or if they were ‘instructed’ to do so?
Makes absolutely no sense for lives to be lost.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on January 27, 2020, 11:55
Believe a 'Bird Dog' is a light aircraft that flies in front of the heavies as a guide. Seen them operating that way over the Adelaide Hills. For us firies in South Aus our greatest friend in the sky are the Sky Tractors, been dumped on by them many a time :D

Spot on ...... good bunch they are too! We work well together here at Cooma and lately we have had the DC-10's here too. Fucking amazing they are. I will have to put some videos on utube and share them here!

Have been working with the firies a lot lately ....... kind of fun to dribble along the line with 3000 litres and see how much fire I can put out with one bucket!

Jim
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Post by: TC on January 27, 2020, 20:20
I caught your vid of the plane dumping retardant over the fire on insta Jim, great stuff .
there must be a shit load of good footage out there from everyone involved.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 31, 2020, 00:37
Phew. I was chopping up a dead tree and stacking it for winter firewood, but had to call it quits because the sweat was starting to sting my eyes. Thermometer just passed 30C on the way up to an expected 40C. That's a stupidly hot temperature for Hobart. Our idiot Prime Minister still doesn't think climate change is an issue.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 31, 2020, 01:01
We have a ride on sunday and it going to be well over 40 all weekend
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Post by: chrisk on January 31, 2020, 02:27
Phew. I was chopping up a dead tree and stacking it for winter firewood,
expected 40C. That's a stupidly hot temperature for Hobart. Our idiot Prime Minister still doesn't think climate change is an issue.

 ??? I don't understand .................. if you are convinced climate change is heating things up, why cut firewood for winter?


Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Paul Marx on January 31, 2020, 02:50
Much hotter summers, much colder winters, more violent events such as tornados, flooding etc...

Paul
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Dellortoman on January 31, 2020, 05:40
??? I don't understand .................. if you are convinced climate change is heating things up, why cut firewood for winter?

Unlike fossil fuels, burning firewood is carbon neutral. It's a renewable resource.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on January 31, 2020, 06:38
And there I was thinking fossil fuels were renewable, it just takes a few million years some massive pressure and the raw ingredients. My turn to be a smart arse.
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Post by: Paul Marx on January 31, 2020, 07:16
Unlike fossil fuels, burning firewood is carbon neutral. It's a renewable resource.

Banned in urban and peri urban areas because of smoke and particles.

Paul
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: chrisk on January 31, 2020, 07:18
Unlike fossil fuels, burning firewood is carbon neutral. It's a renewable resource.

I was thinking you could have 25c winters from now on. No fire wood required.
But Paul reckons the winters will be colder...... keep cutting.
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: helicopterjim on February 01, 2020, 05:28
....... and here I thought it was always hot in Auistralia. Just another lie we are being fed.

Jim
Title: Re: Weather where you are?
Post by: Vince on February 01, 2020, 05:44
Midsummer its always hot, this weekend is a prime example. Bloody hot in Sydney today
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Post by: Dellortoman on February 01, 2020, 05:52
Not surprising that Midsummer is where all the murders happen then. The heat is driving them all troppo.