Sunday, November 23, 2008

20 Lovely Millimetres.

G’day,
Only a few days ago I was whingeing about 35 degree heat and hot northerly winds. It doesn’t take very long at this time of year, in this corner of the world, for conditions to turn around. Yesterday we only got up to 15 degrees and had cold southerly blasts all day.

Today’s surface chart from the Bureau of Meteorology shows a low centered just off the Gippsland coast. Air movement around a low is clockwise, (here in the southern hemisphere), so it is coming up from the Antarctic regions.

The satellite image below, clearly shows the centre of the low and how the air is dragged up from the south. The light blue colour is the cold Antarctic air sweeping up toward us.

The sky today is still very leaden, and the wind is cold. One of my favourite weather observations is to look almost due west down the 2nd fairway, and this morning there is even a puddle in the foreground!
There is 20mm in the rain gauge too. I haven’t seen anything over 10mm in 24 hours for months. According to the BoM radar there is another band of moisture on the way too.
We even had to get the wood barrow out again, and light the fire.


Little old Skip, (very old and very blind), even knew where the warmth was when he came back inside after his morning constitutional.

Ah, good old Victorian weather patterns – they sure can vary. Some leaden skies have a silver lining though – I’m hoping for a couple of easier days on the golf course. How’d you go in Tassie Mosura?
Regards,
Gouldiae

9 comments:

  1. yah, yah, yah, I tipped out 35 :-)

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  2. That's great! Hopefully enough to give a wee flush of green about the place.

    The north-west of Tassie isn't doing too badly of late. We've only had 14mm since Wednesday but we've had 67mm for the month (including 40mm on the 8th Nov) . Average for November is 68mm so we have a week to make up the 1mm :-)

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  3. G'day,
    DF, you didn't have the sprinkler going somewhere near the rain gauge did you?
    You're doing well then Mosura. The 20 we got was nice and slow, there's hardly a puddle to be seen. DF is east of me, and I think there was more that way.
    The people up north must be laughing at me/us talking about how nice just 20mm is.
    Regards,
    Gouldiae

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  4. Hi Gouldiae.
    Nice charts you have published there.

    Great to hear you (and Duncan) got some rain. TV News said "floods in Gippsland" but that is very vague. Steady rain is much better than floods anyway. Somehow it happens in the wrong places anyway. Rain in the catchments (and especially over the Divide) would be great.

    I never laugh about rain. I go the other way - I feel embarrassed sometimes about how much we tend to get here. But, trust me, I know rain is important, and I know how dry you guys have been.

    As a matter of interest, we are getting wind, but not much rain. A few patches of hail though, and really cold. Snow to the south of here, behind Canberra, in the Brindabellas and presumably in the Snowies.

    Cheers
    Denis

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  5. G'day Denis,
    Yes, the "floods in Gippsland" report was a bit non specific. There's an east, west and south Gippsland, but where we are, between Traralgon,(Latrobe Valley), and Bairnsdale, we call Central Gippsland.

    We are in a bit of a rain shadow. Often we watch the approaching fronts from the west split and go south along the coast, and north along the ranges.

    You can keep your wind. It has a terrible drying effect on the golf course. Thankfully the predicted 4 day charts have the isobars pretty wide apart, so I think we might get some real benefit from the moisture.

    Regards,
    Gouldiae

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  6. Glad you got some rain, but I won't wish you too much of a good thing as we have been experiencing. I think the cold you experienced has worked its way up here. Today is dry and much cooler than the past few days.

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  7. No more rain, thank you very much, say the sugar cane farmers. Too, too much in past few weeks (and just copped 10-15mm in half an hour). All those mills add up to trouble at mill!

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  8. G'day Mick & Tony,
    Yes, enough's enough for you guys. I reckon we should move all the dairy farms around here up your way - that might save our rivers and lakes down here.
    Loved the 'there be trouble at mill' line Tony - Wallace & Grommit wasn't it?
    Regards,
    Gouldiae

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  9. .
    Happy Thanksgiving from Texas....

    Troy and Martha
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