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#1423076 - 10/05/2017 20:21 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Steve777, you're showing your age there!! Like DerekHV I remember cracker night to be on the June long weekend, but unfortunately cracker night was banned for good in the mid 80s.

Yes beautiful night here too, for some reason it feels warmer now than what it did mid to late afternoon, most likely because the wind has died down.
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#1423078 - 10/05/2017 20:29 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Never heard of cracker night, obviously way before my time. People still let off fireworks around the place on around NYE and Australia day etc. My friends and I were going to make some fireworks last new years but decided against it.

Well anyway, it reached a very hot top of 294K here today.
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#1423080 - 10/05/2017 20:38 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Wave Rider]
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Originally Posted By: Wave Rider
Never heard of cracker night, obviously way before my time. People still let off fireworks around the place on around NYE and Australia day etc. My friends and I were going to make some fireworks last new years but decided against it.

Well anyway, it reached a very hot top of 294K here today.


Ah yeah just wasn't the crackers that were the problem, massive bonfires were pretty good too!!

294K???
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#1423082 - 10/05/2017 20:54 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Massive bonfires are great, especially on a cool night. Ah yeah in chemistry today we had to use Kelvin and convert some numbers from Celsius to Kelvin so I couldn't help it. 273K=0C and so 294K=21C.
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#1423083 - 10/05/2017 21:09 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Fair enough WR.

Rapidly cooling now, currently 13.4c should get to single digits if this cloud stays away.


Edited by EddyG (10/05/2017 21:11)
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#1423093 - 11/05/2017 07:50 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Cracker night?

At least in New Zealand we had a proper name for it.

Guy Fawkes Night
5th November.

Another cool night around the state.
Neg 5.6 at Cooma AP

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#1423094 - 11/05/2017 08:01 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Donzah]
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Originally Posted By: Donzah
Cracker night?

At least in New Zealand we had a proper name for it.

Guy Fawkes Night
5th November.

Another cool night around the state.
Neg 5.6 at Cooma AP

Which you got from the poms being a colonial state...
Just dipped below zero here that makes 4 in a row, has winter arrived?

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#1423095 - 11/05/2017 08:04 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Teddy]
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Originally Posted By: Teddy
Originally Posted By: Donzah
Cracker night?

At least in New Zealand we had a proper name for it.

Guy Fawkes Night
5th November.

Another cool night around the state.
Neg 5.6 at Cooma AP

Which you got from the poms being a colonial state...
Just dipped below zero here that makes 4 in a row, has winter arrived?

Teddy

There was a lot of light pink back in the day.

Feels like a typical autumn to me. What I remember from early 90's , early 2000's

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#1423099 - 11/05/2017 08:18 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Went for a moonset and sunrise shoot this morning and that light westerly breeze cut me to pieces, in the end my overnight low was 11.1c but obviously the wind chill was a lot lower.

Once again this morning is mostly cloudy with a light westerly blowing, a few showers are visible offshore this morning.
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#1423101 - 11/05/2017 08:59 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Fairly typical Autumn out here, cool to cold nights and nice sunny days.

The moon sure was speccy last night. I watched it rise over the GDR to my east hust as the mountains were going steely grey but there was still rapidly dimming pastels of pink in the sky looking east. Stunning.

Another zero or -1 this morning - no fog, just a very minor mist that was only just there.

Full sunshine hitting my office wall & window. smile

Cracker night was a great night way back when!!!

We had friends living just out of our town (Coonamble) who always had a huge bonfire that started being built the day after the previous cracker night. We always went there and had a great night.

The trouble is that some (very few) people always used crackers badly/dumbly or with some mal intent and of course that ruined it for everyone.

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#1423105 - 11/05/2017 10:04 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Cracker night (as the Queen's Birthday weekend) survived in the ACT until a few years ago. These days, it's reserved for Northern Territorians who set off fireworks to mark Territory Day on 1 July (although on the evidence I saw on a visit there a few years ago, the celebrations continue to encompass Independence Day, Bastille Day and probably several other July landmarks I haven't thought of).

I could never quite work out why New Zealand set off fireworks on 5 November to commemorate a failed terrorist attack in another country 400 years ago.

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#1423107 - 11/05/2017 10:40 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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grin

Blair - Love the comments smile

Another -1 this morning brings our average min m.t.d. to about 1.3 degrees.

Long term average is slightly higher at about 3.1

It's been a month so far of fresh nights smile

Beautiful time of year out here.

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#1423113 - 11/05/2017 12:34 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Little sea breeze up here.

Pretty nice at 20 degrees.

Fair bit of smoke around. Burning off I presume.

Heading into the QBW, it looks pretty similar. With perhaps a cutoff low that might break down this large ridge.

(thats queens birthday weekend. Oddly not the actual birthday)

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#1423114 - 11/05/2017 12:38 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Currently 16.6 here and slowly rising after a min of -1.3.

Full sun although some really high and fine wisps coming into view from the west.

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#1423116 - 11/05/2017 12:46 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Currently 19.6c here and I don't think we will hit the 20c mark as its starting to cloud right over, might even get some drizzle soon.
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#1423117 - 11/05/2017 13:26 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Wave Rider]
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Originally Posted By: Wave Rider
Never heard of cracker night, obviously way before my time. People still let off fireworks around the place on around NYE and Australia day etc. My friends and I were going to make some fireworks last new years but decided against it.

Well anyway, it reached a very hot top of 294K here today.


Being 60 years old I can remember cracker night so well.

You would walk outside at say 8pm and it was like the audio experience from a war zone movie or TV show.

Despite the fun I can understand why it was dropped.

If it was a still night the smog would rival Mexico City on a bad day. Tens of Thousands of crackers and sky rockets, plus hundreds of Bonfires in the Wollongong area.

Mad dogs barking to all hours. The pound in the following week was always overflowing.

Then there were the idiots and injuries. Near somebody joined the Darwin awards each cracker night.

I once threw a "penny" bunger and it failed to explode. I actually waited 20 seconds before retrieval (as we used to pull apart dud crackers for the gunpowder to make our own). I had just picked it up in my hand when it went off in my hand. Bruised hand for several days and gunpowder stained flesh for weeks.

...and that was a penny bunger. Tuppeneny bungers were just plain lethal. Many a letter box met its doom on cracker night or days leading up to. A tuppenny bunger would make short work of them.

Not to mention the local scum that would throw crackers at people, or the sky rockets wars, where small sky rockets were used in game against each other.
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#1423118 - 11/05/2017 13:36 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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The NT still has its share of firework-related misadventures and Darwin Awards candidates, some of which generate opportunity for memorable NT News headlines: http://imgur.com/NFYOZZl

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#1423119 - 11/05/2017 13:44 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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You can still buy the foil lined bags in Japan.

Fun for days.

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#1423122 - 11/05/2017 15:04 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Yes the old double bunger was a dangerous beastie indeed. grin

Good for twisting a few wicks together and see how high a milo can could go smile

I too had a burnt hand experience almost identical to yours Michael. I felt like the bones in my hand were burst apart, like you - no boom, wait, wait, wait - ok dud, pick it up then wick splutters to life about 1mm out of cracker - HELL chuck it quick - boom just as it left my hand and it still felt like my hand exploded. Yes I had plenty of burn and powder marks. smile

Fun though smile Especially lighting tom thumbs under people smile

Max so far 19.7 at the airport, prob 20 in town. Still stunning.

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#1423124 - 11/05/2017 17:57 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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During a quiet period in the weather, this Cracker Night discussion is wonderful.

I used to live near a large reserve in Dundas.
All the street kids who were in different groups, would build their own huge bonfires along the reserve and it would be a contest to see who could build the biggest.
It was also a worry to make sure that if you built it early, that the other contenders wouldn't burn it down the night before.
Bonfire building was serious stuff back then!!

Cracker night though was an exciting time, as others have alluded to. I still, to this day, remember the smell of the smoky cold air for weeks during June.
Tom Thumbs, Po Ha's, Penny Bungers and Thunder Bungers were what I remembered the order of intensity was. Maybe the names were different in specific locations?
I was never into destruction of property with crackers. Just fascinated by the smell and colours.

I held a tiny Tom Thumb between my thumb and forefinger as it went off once, and that, as an 8 year old, was quite a blast and scared me tbh.
Never pissed around with fireworks again after that.

It was such a shame that legislation had to prevent what used to be such an exciting weekend.
Once again, the minority (very small amount of bogans) spoilt it for the majority of people who could do this stuff responsibly.

On another related note, it's good to see the BOM put into the forecast warnings about smoke haze.
Ironic.

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