I live at Tea Gardens, but I can’t say that I felt an earthquake here tonight. It was quite minor, so no real surprise I guess. The link below is to an article reporting on the minor quake.
The ‘practice’ Bulahdelah Hill Climb is on tomorrow just north of Bulahdelah on the Old Pacific Highway (Wootton Way) at Wootton. The event is being organised by the Myall Lakes Motor Sports Club – based at Tea Gardens I believe.
The actual championship event at Bulahdelah will be held during September (2nd) 2009 at the same venue.
It was only a very short while ago that my region of New South Wales (in Australia – Bulahdelah to Tea Gardens) was in the grip of its coldest winter in many years. In fact last weekend the region was in the middle of an east coast low that brought cold temperatures, torrential rain and gale force winds, resulting in flooding around the lower areas of Bulahdelah, as well as some wind damage with fallen trees, etc. Exactly a week on and the surrounding rivers are still to return to their pre-flood levels, yet we are basking in summer-like conditions, with the temperature today expected to be in the high 20s or even perhaps 30 degrees Celsius. Last week the temperature was in the low to mid teens.
What a strange time spring is with such fluctuating weather conditions. The rain is expected to return tomorrow, however, this will be on the back of the season’s first thunderstorms if the predictions turn out to be true. Certainly the ‘feel’ today is that thunderstorms arriving this afternoon would be the expectation.
With the arrival of spring comes the expectation of bushfires in the near future. Last season we had a fairly negligible bushfire season, with plenty of wet weather. However, the drought has continued to bite across most of south-eastern Australia and conditions are right for a particularly bad bushfire season, with massive loads of material just waiting to be burnt in the Australian bush. Coastal regions have had plenty of rain, but not too far inland the country remains gripped by drought and perilously low water supplies.
For now though, we are welcoming the arrival of spring and the retreat of what has been the coldest winter for many years.
It has to be the coldest day this winter here on the Mid North coast of New South Wales, Australia. I know I felt extremely cold today and I don’t normally feel the cold all that much. It was truly winter today and that for the first time really in more than one winter season.
The high today at Tea Gardens was 9 degrees Celsius – the coldest day that I can remember in a long time. Not only that, there was also a cold wind blowing and a fair bit of rain around as well. A real blast of winter today, that’s for sure.
There was a fair bit of snow around the state today as well, with snow in the Barrington Tops and near Walcha, to just name a couple of areas.
More of the rain and winter weather tomorrow as well.
Still – I haven’t felt the need to stop wearing my work shorts at work yet. Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment!