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#1451659 - 05/02/2018 11:49 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: EddyG]
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Originally Posted By: EddyG
Anyone on water restrictions yet?

We are currently on level 1 water restrictions as of the 1st Feb.
On the central coast Watering with a sprinkler, irrigation system or trigger nozzle hose is permitted any day before 10am or after 4pm. Long gone are the days I remember in the 1970's and 80's where people had sprinklers on all day watering the footpath and half the street. I can always remember water running down the gutters in dry times.


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#1451661 - 05/02/2018 12:10 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Another cold morning of 11.5C here. I can't remember so many nights that have been so cold in a summer before. Mostly we are hard pressed getting nights below 15C except the odd one here and there, but this summer so far there's probably been about 10 or more nights below 15C.

Re rainfall, I reckon the tables will turn come late February and into March and there will be crap loads of rain. And if not, eastern NSW is really quite stuffed. All it takes is one good ECL to break the drought.

I reckon it's quite unusual that February has continued to be quite dry though. Not even any possible thunderstorms on the horizon


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#1451662 - 05/02/2018 12:14 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Well would you look at that fingers crossed this pans out and becomes more widespread of than this.

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#1451664 - 05/02/2018 12:32 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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They were the days Rain Gauge, remember them well!!

And A2A, I was looking at the charts this morning and obviously it was the run before and noted nothing in significance for storms and then you post that. If that comes off, I will be chucking my first ever sickie!!

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#1451669 - 05/02/2018 13:10 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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I don't see any major rain in a good section of NSW till we see some low pressure wander into southernish inland Qld. Stiff chance given the continual high pressure up the qld coast.


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#1451671 - 05/02/2018 13:12 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Homer]
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Yup, also noticed they have inserted the Marangaroo height as 955 metres.


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#1451675 - 05/02/2018 16:11 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Drought impact in Hunter Valley likely to extend into winter as farmers stock up on hay
Robert Virtue, Monday February 5, 2018 - 07:24 EDT
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Parts of the Hunter, such as Laguna, haven't seen good rain in months. - ABC
Farmers in the New South Wales Hunter Valley are using hay supplies they would normally have saved for winter to reduce the effects of drought.

Large swathes of NSW have not had decent rain in months with the Hunter Valley particularly hard-hit.

Many landholders have sold livestock and others are buying feed to help sustain their animals.

Craig Kirkwood's family have owned a rural supplies business at Maitland since 1921, and said conditions were among the worst he had seen.

He said many graziers were having to use the feed they would usually save for winter.

"The tell-tale part of the dry [conditions] will come [in] June, July, August — that really hard part of the winter — because [their] stock is getting depleted now," he said.

"Rather than being able to source your hay locally, we'll have to start sourcing it from areas that haven't been affected as [badly as] us.

"That will also increase price, because [it will travel] further by freight.

"It can get to a point where it will get very, very tight.

"If you can source a little bit of hay, or stay ahead of yourself, good hay won't go off. It won't deteriorate if it's stored properly.

"We aren't a big hay-growing community [in the Hunter], and the local suppliers won't see it out the way we're going."

High cattle prices encouraging

Mr Kirkwood said because cattle prices remained strong, many farmers were choosing to retain their animals and buy feed, instead of selling.

"Whilst ever you feed something and the market stays strong, you're putting on weight [in the livestock]. Hopefully that will compensate for what you're doing," he said.

"It's not a good thing because people are spending more money than they should have to.

"If grain prices start to change then you'll know [the business will] have to pass that on. That becomes an issue too because, not only are you buying more feed, it's costing you more.

"We've noticed good sales in cattle feed, but also our horse feed.

"People who have horses on agistment, or they have them in yards, they have no choice but to give them some hard feed out in the paddock to supplement what they're doing.

"I've found a really large spike in cattle feed, horse feed."

Extra expenses imposed by drought's effects

Daniela Riccio runs cattle and alpacas on her small property at Laguna in the Wollombi Valley.

She said she had been buying feed for more than a year because there had been little rain to help grass grow.

"Every couple of months we're buying massive shed-loads of hay," she said.

"I haven't had to do this in the last five years, it's only been the last 12 months, and we're still not getting enough rain.

"Trying to find quality hay is a little bit hard, and then the price — it's jumped up quite a bit.

"We're now thinking we might sell all the cattle and just give it a break because I don't know if we're going to get some proper rain and I'd also like to rest the grass."

Spending drying up

The other effect of drought on rural supplies businesses like Mr Kirkwood's is landholders tend to spend less on equipment and accessories used on their properties.

Mr Kirkwood said he had noticed farmers in the Hunter were already cutting back on extra purchases.

"With our business being seasonal, we should now be starting to think about fertiliser and pasture seed for the winter," he said.

"In a good season you would have a lot of interest. We haven't had too much interest because it's very hard to try and ring someone up and sell them fertiliser and seed when there's no water, or it's so dry, or so depressing-looking out there.

"This is the problem the dry poses: we should now be looking at doing our autumn seed and pasture program, but with the way the weather is no-one's ready to commit.

"Also [repairing] fences, drenching, all those things, take a little bit of a backburner.
"Whilst they have to be done, they aren't being done as freely as what you would if you were having a good season."
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#1451716 - 06/02/2018 05:38 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: ashestoashes]
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"Well would you look at that fingers crossed this pans out and becomes more widespread of than this."

Move along; nothing to see here:

http://stormcast.com.au/stormcast.html?ops=gfs:2018020512:2018021206:aus:ts:null:0#sc

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#1451747 - 06/02/2018 13:25 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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It's a classic Summer's day in Sydney, early cloud having cleared, sunshine and cicadas. There's a light E-NE'er blowing, with temps across Sydney between 26 and 30. Last night was still relatively cool, given that we've gotten used to 20+ nights here.

Sea temperatures off Sydney have warmed to 24 degrees. That might be good for rain and storms when the patterns eventually line up. At this stage, it looks like more warm, sunny weather for a few days, hot (inland) towards the end of the week then rather unsettled, although it doesn't look like there's a lot of rain.

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#1451751 - 06/02/2018 14:48 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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A few small showers inland on and west of ranges moving north,some might develop into small storms.
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#1451753 - 06/02/2018 15:13 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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A bit of cloud here has taken the sting out of the temp over the last hour or so - quite pleasant smile

Couple of spits in it but nothing exciting so far.

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#1451756 - 06/02/2018 15:59 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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At times today the sky had that unstable look about it, can see some storm tops way out to sea, might see the odd flash out to sea tonight.
Other than that it was a pleasant day.

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#1451764 - 06/02/2018 17:29 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Getting dry here,Bring me some rain before I have dirt.
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#1451768 - 06/02/2018 18:34 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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weird cell just popped up overhead right over town heavy drops ...
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#1451770 - 06/02/2018 19:25 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Stock standard Feb days as far as afternoon maximums, at 30C and hot and humid enough to have the aircon on.
Nights still below average, but that will change soon.

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#1451787 - 06/02/2018 22:20 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Very balmy evening. Be perfect if it is like this next Wed evening for valentines day. Romantic.

Hope that is your knee or something in that dry grass pic Stormy he he he.
Notice talk of sst in Tasman possibly flipping colder. Could bump some change. But for now the high is nestling do some heat directing blocking. Still summer so no big deal. But come Autumn and this ridging keeps up it is going to be dire in parts.
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#1451788 - 06/02/2018 22:25 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Don't want to raise anyone's hopes yet but there is the possibility of a cut-off low forming around the 20th that will bring inland rain. And that links up with the prediction of lower pressure towards the end of the month.

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#1451790 - 06/02/2018 22:34 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Knot]
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Originally Posted By: Knot
Very balmy evening. Be perfect if it is like this next Wed evening for valentines day. Romantic.


Absolutely agree with that sentiment Knot.

It really was a lovely day today, and despite the NE seabreezes, the air quality was as clear as I've seen all summer as if there was a westerly blowing all day. Even from the top of Macquarie Pass (~700m) I could see the distinctive horizon line of the ocean which is pretty rare due to haze. Hoping for a nice cool night again. It should at least be half decent, maybe around 15-16C.


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#1451813 - 07/02/2018 09:23 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: ashestoashes]
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Originally Posted By: ashestoashes
Don't want to raise anyone's hopes yet but there is the possibility of a cut-off low forming around the 20th that will bring inland rain. And that links up with the prediction of lower pressure towards the end of the month.


Yeah the charts are starting to show a little more promise now.


A pleasant enough morning here, but now there is a bit of cloud about out to sea, could get a surprise shower this morning.

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#1451815 - 07/02/2018 09:51 Re: NSW/ACT day to day weather [Re: Grant]
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Wasn't as cool onite WR as you might have liked. Is Albion park or Bellambi your go to station as far as your micro climate goes?
Wind cant make up its mind.
Here is a link to a calculator that can, given the coordinates of your locale and timezone, spit out at what angle the sun is at relative to the horizon (sun elevation) and also what part of the sky (azimuth). The graph shows clearlt sun zenith as the peak in positive elev angle. Nice to think about where the sun is after sundown and before sunrise .Seeing that yellow ball is literally life giver, its interesting (in my opinion) knowing something about its' position relative to an observers location on earth. I think you are doing map stuff aren't you WR?
http://keisan.casio.com/exec/system/1224682277

Cloud increasing from nowhere. Some darkish


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