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Mike
01-07-2008, 02:19 AM
I heard a couple of reports on the BBC World Service about bad storms in eastern Australia and California.

I hope nobody here has been affected - or if they have, that it's not been too serious.

annc
01-07-2008, 12:35 PM
I heard a couple of reports on the BBC World Service about bad storms in eastern Australia and California.

I hope nobody here has been affected - or if they have, that it's not been too serious.We are a bit north of the floods, unfortunately, because we had hoped the low would cross the coast north of us and put much-needed water into our dams. They did get some, but only enough to bring the combined total to 24% of capacity, up from 20% a week or so ago.

Here it's just soggy, with water lying in the yard for the past week. The farm dams are still below 50%.

To the south of us it's a different story, with some towns in northern NSW still cut off by floodwater.

Another good effect is that the equivalent of two times the capacity of Sydney Harbour has flowed into the Murray-Darling basin.

Weather here is horrible, with very high humidity and temps over 30ºC. I'm about to have my shower before going to work, and will need another immediately because the effort of drying myself will raise a decent sweat.

don Arnoldy
01-07-2008, 04:44 PM
I hope nobody here has been affected - or if they have, that it's not been too serious.In California, its just the first big storm of the winter—it happens every year and people start acting like Chicken Little! There have been some scattered power outages due to falling tree branches taking out power lines. Lots of people whinging about being without cable TV and internet access for a whole day.

--don

Howard Allen
01-07-2008, 05:32 PM
Weather here is horrible, with very high humidity and temps over 30ºC. I'm about to have my shower before going to work, and will need another immediately because the effort of drying myself will raise a decent sweat.

I'm sorry to say that one of your countrymen is not so lucky: the authorities are currently using dogs to try and dig him out of an avalanche at a ski resort in central British Columbia. :(

annc
01-07-2008, 11:24 PM
I'm sorry to say that one of your countrymen is not so lucky: the authorities are currently using dogs to try and dig him out of an avalanche at a ski resort in central British Columbia. :(Oh, dear! Are they hoping to find him alive?

Andrew B.
01-08-2008, 07:28 AM
I'm in Southern California. We usually do better than the North. So far I've seen heavy rains alternating with fair weather.

Howard Allen
01-08-2008, 08:17 AM
Oh, dear! Are they hoping to find him alive?

Not any more, I'm afraid...http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/stories_local.php?id=84456. They say if they don't get you dug out within 15 minutes your chances are slim to none. As soon as it stops moving the snow sets up like concrete and it's next to impossible to dig yourself out. Another guy was killed yesterday, in Alberta. That's the 10th avalanche fatality in Canada already this season, and winter's not half over.

annc
01-08-2008, 10:40 AM
Not any more, I'm afraid...http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/stories_local.php?id=84456. They say if they don't get you dug out within 15 minutes your chances are slim to none. As soon as it stops moving the snow sets up like concrete and it's next to impossible to dig yourself out. Another guy was killed yesterday, in Alberta. That's the 10th avalanche fatality in Canada already this season, and winter's not half over.Hmmm, it sounds like a dangerous pastime. Myonly experience of snow was many years ago at Lake Louise, but I confined myself to walking around in it in the gardens of the hotel.

ElyseC
01-08-2008, 03:12 PM
Lots of people whinging about being without cable TV and internet access for a whole day.Hah! They should live in rural areas where everyone has their own well -- no power = no water, because you need electricity to power the pump on the well.

What do you do? Store drinking water and, if there's a possibility of power loss, you fill the bathtubs and bring a bucket into the house to scoop water for toilet flushing.

dthomsen8
01-09-2008, 12:52 PM
I'm in Southern California. We usually do better than the North. So far I've seen heavy rains alternating with fair weather.

Don't those heavy rains cause mud slides? I remember seeing luxury houses on Mulholland Drive sliding down the hill.