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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #825 on: March 14, 2019, 09:59:14 PM »
A Lightning bolt makes a dull Shhhhh sort of sound and leaves  a slight tangy gassy electrical  smell in the air as it passes close over your house to strike with  a solid dull thud crack / boom  about 200m away ..
Reminded me a bit of the sound the tunnel of air wake makes, closing in behind  a jetliner after it passes close overhead .
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #826 on: March 15, 2019, 05:30:42 AM »
We have a "water pick up" place a few K's down the road.

Because we've only got 14mm of rain so far this year, I borrowed a 1,000 litre water container and bunged it into the box trailer.
Now, this box trailer, was purchased by my Dad, brand new, in 1966..... yep, a 53 year old box trailer.
The FJ Holden wheels are now HQ, but the basic trailer is still 1966.

So, borrowed the WIFE'S Statesman, as its the only car with a tow bar.

Dumped a ton (1,000 litres) of drinking water in the container and the tyres were about 5mm or less off touching the guards.

What I learnt was, Shit, they made stuff good in the 60's.  :cup: (Even with the original floor getting a bit tired these days)

I did a total of 7 trips for myself and 1 for a mate.
Our main tank is underground, so just back up, drop the hose in and open her up.

There is a wicked scorch mark on the left mud guard, but that ol trailer did a sterling job of the whole thing.

At one point, while third in line for a fill, an old guy asked about the number plate on the trailer, as its a tiny Q plate, starting with QJ.
He also said, it's the driest and hottest summer out here in over 40 years. 

The storm yesterday missed us.
We are supposed to get 20 to 40mm today, but i'll believe that when I see it.
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #827 on: March 15, 2019, 01:42:51 PM »
1,000 litre water container

Lookig a getting a few of those to use as water tanks round the place.

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We are supposed to get 20 to 40mm today, but i'll believe that when I see it.

With you there, bro >:(

We're supposed to get 10 - 35mm ourselves but certainly not holding my breath.

Just looked at BoM though & there's a few storms forming now, including one near Wivenhoe, so you might get lucky ???

Get wet! ;D
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #828 on: March 15, 2019, 01:55:10 PM »
Learned that super cheap auto has free battery charging and that the one from my car is dead flat and hopfuly its not gone dead.

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #829 on: March 15, 2019, 01:57:02 PM »
That i should rename my Lawn Mower to "drought breaker" and tour central NSW

Cause everytime i think about getting it out it rains
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #830 on: March 15, 2019, 02:01:41 PM »
Lookig a getting a few of those to use as water tanks round the place.

With you there, bro >:(

We're supposed to get 10 - 35mm ourselves but certainly not holding my breath.

Just looked at BoM though & there's a few storms forming now, including one near Wivenhoe, so you might get lucky ???

Get wet! ;D

One has been forming above us for hour now..... about to piss down hopefully.
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #831 on: March 15, 2019, 02:02:53 PM »
A Lightning bolt makes a dull Shhhhh sort of sound and leaves  a slight tangy gassy electrical  smell in the air as it passes close over your house to strike with  a solid dull thud crack / boom  about 200m away ..

 :o :o :o

Jeez, waaaaaaaaaaay too close Edz
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #832 on: March 15, 2019, 04:25:53 PM »
One has been forming above us for hour now..... about to piss down hopefully.

Are you getting Wet?

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #833 on: March 15, 2019, 06:02:35 PM »
Yeah mate, not huge amounts, but okay steady stuff for the moment.

Temps have dropped, its rainy..... I think i'm getting a stiffy.
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #834 on: March 15, 2019, 06:36:21 PM »
Wrong pills again jeepers

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #835 on: March 15, 2019, 08:58:17 PM »
A Lightning bolt makes a dull Shhhhh sort of sound and leaves  a slight tangy gassy electrical  smell in the air as it passes close over your house to strike with  a solid dull thud crack / boom  about 200m away ..
Reminded me a bit of the sound the tunnel of air wake makes, closing in behind  a jetliner after it passes close overhead .
Beat you by about 185m tonight mate.
Waiting to see the damage in the morning, but the tree right next to the house was pulsing with electricity for what felt like 4 or 5 seconds. Absolutely amazing the pure power that lightening is.

Fortunately no fires started, but I’ll be shocked ;) if there’s not very visible damage to see in the daylight tomorrow.

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #836 on: March 16, 2019, 03:56:08 AM »
Oh man, we had some good rain so far with more to come...yippee

We had a tree on the hill here hit years ago, the lightning had hit right where a branch was, which landed about 10 metres away.
In about three days, there was a darkish brown trail from the strike point all the way down to the base.

It looked like Mother Nature had left the biggest skid down my tree.

Everything on that side of the tree was brown bread.

The rest of the tree remained green and in good condition for about a fortnight then all of a sudden.... Dead as a friggin doornail.

Hey, funny thing, about 8 years ago, was about to head back to the sunny coast after working out here when we renovated.
It was around 5 or so in the afternoon and waiting for a storm to pass.

Being hungry, I grabbed a bowl of cornflakes and was standing on the verandah section looking out to the east.

Friggin lightning bolt zapped a tree just the other side of our fence line, so maybe 150 metres at best.

FUK ME, the friggin noise, the purpleish glow and sparks and a small amount of flame put the undies through their paces.
I had fukkin cornflakes and milk everywhere.

All that I had left was a spoon in one hand and a cereal bowl in the other.
I glanced at the spoon in my right hand and threw the friggin thing to Shithouse.   

I cleaned myself up and pissed off as soon as the storm had passed.
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #837 on: March 16, 2019, 08:06:04 AM »
:o :o :o

Jeez, waaaaaaaaaaay too close Edz
I remember when I was in High school a large storm passed over. We were standing on the side of the oval and everyone's hair started standing on end and we all thought it was funny. Next thing there was a large boom and lightning struck somewhere behind some portables. I found out years later that our hair was probably doing that because the lightning was looking for the path of least resistance hence the forks you see when it strikes. I think we dodged a bullet that day.
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #838 on: March 16, 2019, 08:29:27 AM »
Years ago on a townhouse building site at Sunnybank here in Brisbane, we had quickly packed up our tools for an incoming afternoon storm that was hitting and then raced inside a lowset unit that had the roof on it, but it was just bare timber frame. The unit had a small entry patio with a roof jutting out the front of it, and 2 x 90mm x 90mm steel posts about 2.4mtrs apart held up the roof of this entry area...next minute a massive flash and bang, we see the lightning was arcing out across the 2 steel posts going from one post to the other, just like you see in a lightning globe....the half a dozen odd tradies standing there all crapped ourselves and didn't believe what we'd just seen. Not long after that due to how hard it was raining a stormwater creek of sorts was flowing hard down the side of the jobsite (Normally no creek there at all)...so we grabbed the polystyrene waffle pods that go in under the slabs, and started surfing them down the hillside...lol.
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #839 on: March 16, 2019, 10:27:54 AM »
Had one tree out the back of our place hit a few years back, didn't see it but certainly heard it and it shook the house!

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #840 on: March 16, 2019, 06:05:51 PM »
Checked out the tree this morning, it’s pretty much as Jeepers described.
A few good sized branches on the western side blown off and a very obvious burn/track mark zigzagging down the eastern side to the ground.
Took a photo, but it’s a huge native pine tree (not one of those stupid pest forestry things) most of the damage is right up the top, but the cloudy sky had too much glare and the photo is crap. :(

Anyway on a positive note we got 120mm of rain out of that one storm last night.
Which coincidentally doubled our rainfall total for the year... ;)


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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #841 on: March 17, 2019, 03:18:02 AM »
We only got 34mm,which added to the whooping 14.8 we already had so  far this year still has us waaaaay under the average of 300mm to the same date.
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #842 on: March 17, 2019, 08:12:09 AM »
We only got 34mm,which added to the whooping 14.8 we already had so  far this year still has us waaaaay under the average of 300mm to the same date.
between Friday arvos downpour and the heavy rain we got lastnight around midnight, we have gotten just over 100.0mm the past 2 days here....bayside suburbs in Brisbane have had around 175.0mm
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #843 on: March 17, 2019, 08:36:24 AM »
We have had lots of rain here in Sydney the last few days as well. It’s a shame it goes down the drain and out to sea. Not harvested for future use.


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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #844 on: March 17, 2019, 08:37:43 AM »
Think we need a bigger rain gauge, the elcheapo freebie in the Bunnings kids bag overflowed at the 130 mm mark, So  weve had at least 130 mm    ;D
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #845 on: March 17, 2019, 08:47:01 AM »
We had some decent rain again last night. Going by the level in the pool must have had about 100mm in the last couple of days  :D

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #846 on: March 18, 2019, 02:56:10 PM »
There is no bounds to how lazy dome people can be.
Local community FB group, a user asks where they can voting in the upcoming NSW election.
I reply that they can vote at the local primary school.
They reply back, what day and what time.
I stalk their fb page, they are a  50 year old career uni student.
And they have no idea about voting.

Yet they will cast a vote.

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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #847 on: March 18, 2019, 03:01:45 PM »
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Yet they will cast a vote.
you should reply on their stalkerbook with that!
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #848 on: March 18, 2019, 03:27:27 PM »

Yet they will cast a vote.




Trouble is there is no one worth voting for. They are all a bunch of a-holes feathering their own nests.
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Re: What did you learn today?
« Reply #849 on: March 18, 2019, 04:00:32 PM »
Bird,
Wish I had the balls to do it, it was posted in a group I Admin. :(
My hands are tied.
Noel,
You're dead right mate,
We have as candidates this lot.
The sitting member who was mayor when our profitable and progressive council was amalgamated with a council that couldn't sell chock raffle tickets.
Alp candidate that says yes to every group that has a whinge.
Shooters & Fishers candidate that was a Nat that got caught speeding and blamed someone else.
An independent who is a local councillor that wants to help locals, can see the corruption, but gets feed BS and used, because they do have a good nature.
A Greenie, also a local councillor, who just doesn't have any farken idea, wants to lock everything up.

We're Farked.



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