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Offline NoDrops  
#161 Posted : Wednesday, 30 October 2019 11:41:57 PM(UTC)
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Geee. This is sad to read.


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50230701

Australian wildfire: Hundreds of koalas feared dead

Hundreds of koalas are feared to have died in an Australian bushfire, animal rescuers say.

The blaze burnt through 2,000 hectares of bush containing a prime koala breeding ground in New South Wales, around 250 miles north of Sydney.

Rescuers said the deaths were particularly tragic as the koalas were a diverse breed, with one expert calling it a "national tragedy".

The native species has suffered significant decline in recent decades.

Monitoring groups say koala numbers are falling, with as few as 43,000 left in the wild. Their decline has been blamed on habitat loss, disease, dog attacks and climate change.
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#162 Posted : Thursday, 31 October 2019 6:51:32 PM(UTC)
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Also posted in the SEQLD thread, but relevant to NSW and more.imoirtantky the inland areas... Things are looking promising on GFS for NSW on Tuesday next week.



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#163 Posted : Saturday, 2 November 2019 7:25:15 AM(UTC)
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Australian wildfire: Hundreds of koalas feared dead


Hate to think of the wildlife lost in the bushfire burning near me, nearly 20,000 hectares destroyed & most of it inaccessible to help any surviving critters.
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#164 Posted : Sunday, 3 November 2019 6:31:26 PM(UTC)
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Australian wildfire: Hundreds of koalas feared dead


Hate to think of the wildlife lost in the bushfire burning near me, nearly 20,000 hectares destroyed & most of it inaccessible to help any surviving critters.


So sad to hear of the loss of wild life from the fires. Angry

Some good news that Bourke has had 65mm since 9am
Wilcannia 25mm
Broken Hill 24mm

So the first glimpse of rain for the Darling catchment l think

http://www.bom.gov.au/cg...rap_fwo.pl?IDN60178.html

Tamworth and Armidale on stage 5 restrictions l believe l heard?





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#165 Posted : Monday, 4 November 2019 8:48:38 AM(UTC)
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Tamworth and Armidale on stage 5 restrictions l believe l heard?


Tamworth, Moonbi & Kootingal(same water supply) moved to level 5 just over a month ago. They are trying to get the water usage down to 150 L per household per day. Same in Armidale I believe.

Great news for Tenterfield which had been carting water in for several months has now established a new bore that is producing 13L per second which will see them being able to supply the town with no restrictions.
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#166 Posted : Monday, 4 November 2019 9:03:03 AM(UTC)
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Great to see some nice falls of rain out in the Northwest of the state & nice to see the footage of farmers & children out playing & dancing in the rain.BigGrin

Bourke 66.2
White Cliffs 26.6
Wilcannia 25.8
Gunnedah 25.6
Cobar 21.6
Walgett 21.0
Narrabri 18.6
Tamworth 18.4
Lightning Ridge 14.0
Dubbo 13.0
Barraba 9.2
Tibooburra 7.0
Moree 2.6
Armidale 2.4
Inverell 2.4

Mt Kaputar had 39.8 so hopefully that has put out the last of the fires up there.

Nice to wake up to a nice blue sky this morning(no dust or smoke) with some Cumulonimbus cloud starting to build, could see some more rain today.RollEyes

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#167 Posted : Monday, 4 November 2019 6:43:01 PM(UTC)
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Any rain for you Ambient?
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#168 Posted : Tuesday, 5 November 2019 7:07:54 AM(UTC)
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Any rain for you Ambient?


Managed to get 9.2 mm in the gauge. We were just on the northern edge of the system, not much for those up towards the border. Another 0.6 early this morning.

Any luck up your way?
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#169 Posted : Saturday, 9 November 2019 9:39:35 AM(UTC)
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very nasty scenes on the news from the fires in NSW.
here is am image from about 30 mins ago.

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#170 Posted : Tuesday, 12 November 2019 6:43:44 PM(UTC)
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Wow. The smoke from the fire at Belrose is pretty thick. I can see it from the CBD quite clearly.
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#171 Posted : Monday, 18 November 2019 8:37:53 AM(UTC)
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Very heavy smoke haze here this morning with viability down to around 2000 meters. Kaputar fire has flared up again. Sky was un-observable at 9:00 am when I went to do the obs. Temps forecast to ramp up in the coming days, expecting high 30`s later in the week.
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#172 Posted : Monday, 18 November 2019 12:49:03 PM(UTC)
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Wow. It sounds like you are still in the middle of nasty times there. Dry, dust, fire, dust....

I hope things get better for you soon.
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#173 Posted : Friday, 22 November 2019 2:27:09 PM(UTC)
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Here is an Himawari image from about 30 minutes ago, showing the extent of the fires still.
(I hope it posts, because it is quite large).

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#174 Posted : Sunday, 24 November 2019 10:55:29 AM(UTC)
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A few storms about yesterday afternoon from 2:00 pm till around 7:30. Only measured 2.6 mm in the gauge but have heard reports of up to 10 mm south of town. Humidity was at 63% & a dew point of 15.2 at 9 am.

SE winds have bought the smoke back again, viability was down to around 7 km this morning.

Forecast is for more storms this arvo, so hoping for some more precipitation.
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#175 Posted : Sunday, 24 November 2019 11:55:35 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ambient Go to Quoted Post
A few storms about yesterday afternoon from 2:00 pm till around 7:30. Only measured 2.6 mm in the gauge but have heard reports of up to 10 mm south of town. Humidity was at 63% & a dew point of 15.2 at 9 am.

SE winds have bought the smoke back again, viability was down to around 7 km this morning.

Forecast is for more storms this arvo, so hoping for some more precipitation.
BigGrin


That's excellent news about the showers and storms, bit not great about the smoke. I hope you get some more rain today.
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#176 Posted : Monday, 25 November 2019 6:58:23 AM(UTC)
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hat's excellent news about the showers and storms, bit not great about the smoke. I hope you get some more rain today.


Cheers DB. Another 7 mm in the gauge overnight & the chance of storms again today. Mild temps for the week so hopefully the moisture will aid in a bit of grass regrowth.
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#177 Posted : Sunday, 1 December 2019 9:33:10 AM(UTC)
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NOVEMBER 2019 WEATHER SUMMARY FOR BARRABA

Max Temp - 21ST 36.9 degrees
Min Temp - 14TH 5.8 degrees
Max 9 am - 30TH 27.0 degrees
Min 9 am - 9TH 14.5 degrees
Coldest Day - 5TH 20.8 degrees

Mean Max 28.1
Nov 2019 30.6

Mean Min 12.2
Nov 2019 12.0

Mean maximum temp was 2.5 degrees above average while minimum temps were about average.

24 Hour Rainfall - 4TH 9.2 mm
Total Rainfall 22.0 mm

Mean Nov Rainfall 73.2 mm

2019 total 136.2 mm

Rainfall was well below average with less than a third of the mean for November.

Although the records are incomplete for 2019 without major rainfall in December, 2019 will be the driest since records began in 1886.
The lowest on record is 2002 with 337.2 mm.


On a more cheerful note I am listening to light rain falling on the tin roof as I am typing this. 3 mm yesterday & another 1.5 mm so far today. Nice to start the month with a bit of rain BigGrin

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#178 Posted : Sunday, 1 December 2019 1:57:54 PM(UTC)
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So glad to hear you have been having showery rain to settle the dust and get some moisture into the ground. Better than 100mm in one go!

Have you foot any green shoots appearing or any grass starting to grow?
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#179 Posted : Monday, 2 December 2019 7:06:03 AM(UTC)
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Have you foot any green shoots appearing or any grass starting to grow?


Not much regrowth yet, hills & paddocks still looking pretty bare. The strong wind events after each shower of rain dries the ground out quickly.
Only sign of green is along the side of the roads which brings the kangaroos to feed, not good if you are travelling anywhere early morning or at dusk.
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#180 Posted : Monday, 2 December 2019 7:07:14 AM(UTC)
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We have moved to Level 3 water restrictions as of today. We now are sharing our water with another town downstream as they have run out of water. The dam is presently at 1.04% or 7300 megaliters which the local council says should supply both towns for 2 years.
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