Posts Tagged ‘Weather’

Free on conditions …

That one is able to catch some form of public transport today. The only form of transport which I didn’t have any problems catching today, was the bus, travelling from station to station.

At the time of penning this post, the city loop was closed or shut down due to a massive power failure. Most if not all the lines are affected. From where I was left stranded, I had the impression most or all the lines are completely down, and no trains were running.

The whole situation worsened as power outages affected many suburbs, including mine, in the outer western area. Just what else can go wrong today? And its not even Friday the 13th. If only I had taken that ferry heading towards Tasmania …

News Links
The Age “Rail network meltdown
Herald Sun “Huge power outage hits Victoria

Brrr…. cold, freezing cold nights

Spare a thought for those who have to venture out into the freezing nights or early mornings to go to work. The temperature are down into the single digits. Coupled with rain in the next couple of days, it will be really really cold!

Check out the current temperature for Victoria!

What a day, what a night!

So, how have all your day been? I witnessed the worst possible dust storm blowing from the west this morning, enjoyed the gale force wind that saw trees broken in halves. I have yet to witness a flying cow but the welcoming rain that followed was a blessing since my car was covered completely in dust. The Melbourne International Flower Show was cancelled and visitors were evacuated after falling branches hit several visitors. And that is just the weather.

The traffic … how long did it take you to drive/ride home? I saw the long traffic on the Calder snaking itself back into the city. I missed all the chaos on the Westgate bridge, and the traffic out of the city was really a standing room only carpark.

And as I was leaving the city this evening, I saw the police cordoning off the RACV building on Bourke Street. Fire in the kitchen? They aren’t having a good evening either.

On being blown/swept away

Coastal winds and waves are frightening things. Just two days back, two students were swept into the waters of Phillip Island before they could probably mentally register the image of a crashing wave rushing towards them. It was an fatal moment – they did not make it back to shore alive.

Many (myself included), take for granted our feet being grounded to earth. However it is not too hard to fanthom being knocked off the ground by gale-force winds. Bicyclists will know – how often have you felt your bicycle lift off the ground or lose its balance when a huge gust of wind hits you from the side? That said, severe wind warnings broadcast by the weather stations, are critical elements in preventing accidents and tragedies. Read them; heed them. They might just save your life:

  • Avoid being close to the coast
  • Avoid coast water and surf
  • Slow down while driving over highways, especially in small, lightweight cars
  • Do NOT use an umbrella – while they cannot lift you, they cause very bad collateral damage
  • The Age article: Sightseers washed off Phillip Island rocks

    A slow bake

    I’m sitting naked in my chair, with my gut hanging out, fan at full speed directed at me. And I still feel like I’m in a sauna.

    Best part is, I don’t care how unsexy I look now.

    It’s 38 degrees outside now, but factor in the conducted heat coming in from the roof and the heat from the glass window, it’s easily about 45 degrees in the room now.

    March in Melbourne truly is the most unpredictable time of the year. It was a top of 25 degrees a couple of days ago.

    For dinner tonight, I’m having chicken burgers with a fried egg. I’m contemplating frying the egg with my trusty roof. Saves me some gas.

    Deliver me from evil, I mean, the heat.

    What the hell is everyone doing to keep themselves cool? Any suggestions that doesn’t involve taking another cold shower would be nice.

    On a week such as this …

    I want to

    1. Sit in a tub filled with ice.
    2. Sleep in a cool, quiet library.
    3. Live near a supermarket so that I can stay near the freezer section as long and as much as possible.
    4. Live in a cool dark cave. (BTW, do you know that a natural limestone cave stays a cool 18 degrees all the time?)

    Off for a siesta!

    Weather forecast for the week: HOT! HOT! HOT!

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