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Last week a couple of solid falls now overnight 104 mm. This is after 3 months without one fall more than a spit. I may get some fresh goodies from the garden for Xmas after all. The pasture has greened-up, the horses are smiling....
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On 11/17/2013 7:48 PM, David Hare-Scott wrote:

Where are you? Can you send some rain towards southern California?
Until 10 October, we went 155 days without measurable rain. That is NOT unusual. Sometimes, we go over 200 days.
Since 10 October, we have had 0.06 inches (1.5 mm). The most recent was 4 November, with 0.03 inches (0.8 mm).
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David E. Ross wrote:

East coast Australia north of Newcastle. Not a desert nor a climate with seasonal rain patterns like monsoonal or Mediterranean!
No! I 'm keeping it.
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On 11/17/2013 8:21 PM, David E. Ross wrote:

Hooray. Last night, we got 0.38 inches (9.7 mm).
However, our accumulation for the current rain year (October to September) is about half of this date last year; and last year was a very dry year.
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On Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:46:34 AM UTC-8, David E. Ross wrote:

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David E. Ross wrote: ...

from what i've read (tree ring studies):
the longer term record seems to show that the past 100 years was much wetter than the previous 1900 years. that we may just be seeing a return to the norm.
if so, yikes for people over there...
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Yeah, they may need to stop washing their cars with garden hoses, filling swimming pools, and close golf courses for lack of water from the Colorado River, and Northern California. Such a tragedy.
The up-side is that we could have water for salmon, and farmers.
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David Hare-Scott wrote:

i'm glad you've finally got some rain there. i was going to say down there, but do you consider yourself down? :)
we've managed fairly regular rains the past month, including last nights major storms (parts further south of us had tornado weather). it must not have blown above 100km/hr as the house didn't shake, much, but for a while i had to get up a few times and find the bottles in the window shelves that were rattling (adjustable stained glass windows :) ). the driving rain was hard enough to push through the front door and i had to wipe that up and left a towel on the floor to keep it from running. probably only around 30- 40mm of rain.
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Congratulations. You must have got some of the weather that hit Sydney and ended up all over the news. What a bunch of wimps. We love rain events even if they do nearly always result in our gutters overflowing and thus flooding our sun room.
We had great rain a few days before and it turned the paddocks green and the world looked new washed and less crisp underfoot.
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Locally we had an inch of rain (25.4 mm) over night. The first rain since Feb. when we had .01 inches of rain (0.254mm), which followed a Jan. of .03 inches (0.762mm). I got my wood in. Let the good times roll.
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On 11/17/2013 10:48 PM, David Hare-Scott wrote:

Sometimes it seems as if it just oscillates between fire and flood with intervening droughts, doesn't it? In my area something happened last Spring and Summer that prevented nut growth so I've got starving squirrels digging up all of my bulbs to survive, even the toxic Gloriosa were being eaten. Last Autumn the acorns and hickory nuts were literally lying in drifts because of the overproduction and the squirrel population exploded in response.
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John McGaw wrote:

Yes, its a hard land even without ENSO swings, this last mini-drought was just another random fluctuation.
As the rains were coming we got a nice lightning storm. The tree on the hill 200m south coped a strike and my computer's power supply (despite surge protection) and the fuses on my sewerage plant went. As well we had to get the house transformer fuses fixed too and the rural fire service to put out the fire the strike started. It could have been worse, some people lost most of their appliances (from other strikes).
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Bugger! None of that sounds like fun. We had a powerful storm last night and last power for 3 hours just on dinner time. Lucky for us the toilet operates on gravity feed from a tank on the hill and we have lots of camping equipment so I brought in a bucket of water and we were right till the power came back on.
These events seem to have become more regular.
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Farm1 wrote:

certainly more exciting than i'd like to be near. for one a lightning strike that close to the house is loud! the fire would not be much fun either.

we didn't get hit by the power outages last weekend from the strong storms that went through, but we did have a power outage here last night too. something in the distance arc'd and lit up the sky a few times while the power went off and on and then it finally stayed off. four hours later it came back on and things went back to normal. we always have extra water stashed away to flush the toilets in case we have the power go out on us. in the winter i more worry about heat than anything as it gets cold enough to freeze pipes and cause damage. we have a gas fireplace so we can keep ourselves from freezing but that doesn't heat the crawlspace underneath.

perhaps two very strong hurricanes/typhoons so close together will finally wake up the governments and peoples to make much stronger changes... i can sure hope so.
in the meantime i think we're only on the front edge of this sort of thing, both frequency and strength are likely to increase for some folks.
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Seems to be ubiquitous.
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We installed another wood burning heater over the past winter and it has improved out quality of life enormously as a result of selecting just the right spot to place it.
Luckily for us we don't have temps that (usually) get low enough to freeze our water pipes but I know why you'd not want that to be happening at your place. I think we've had our pipes freeze perhaps 4 times in about 20 years. It makes for an uncomfortable morning but that's aoubt all the inconvenience it gives.

;-) I really do doubt that will happen.

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An unheated crawl space is not a good place for water pipes. I suggest closing the crawl space, insulate, and since you already have a gas supply install a ventless gas heater, they work fantastically well, need no chimney, and no electric. I have two of them, a 30,000 BTU in my basement and a 10,000 BTU in the tool shed that contains my well tank. They were a far better option than a generator. Ventless gas heaters are 99% efficient (no heat goes up a chimney), they are thermostatically controlled, and have a self contained carbon monoxide detector that shuts them off when it senses incomplete combustion. At next to it's lowest setting it maintains my 2,000 sqft basement at 70ºF, I keep the basement door open and at the other end of the house installed a 6" X 12" register in the hallway floor so it keeps the entire house at 70ºF too, and this is when it's hovering around 0ºF outdoors. This winter I'm using the one in my basement in conjuction with my propane fired boiler for hot water baseboard, it keeps the boiler from coming on nearly as often as it did previously. This past May I had a tankless on demand water heater installed (I no longer use my boiler to make hot water, my boiler will be off from April to November, my propane bill has already been $500 less than for the same period in the previous year, it will pay for itself in 18 months. I thought long and hard about a generator, but I can live without TV/PC for a few days during a power outage, and during winter I don't need a fridge/freezer here. For $35 I bought a crank radio that works great, it will even charge a cell phone battery, and Ray-O-Vac makes fantastic battery operated lanterns, they give as much light as a 100W bulb and will run for 80 hours on three D cells... much better than burning candles. I don't need to squirrel away water for flushing, even during the coldest winters the creek out front is running, I'm able to scoop all I need with a 5 gallon contractor's bucket. Anyway, ventless heaters and tankless water heaters are beautiful things.
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Brooklyn1 wrote: ...

it is not unheated nor is it open. only when the power goes out for several days is there any worries (even in the middle of the winter with sub zero temperatures).
the crawl space is where the heater is at for the house, stays pretty warm.

there are several upgrades i would like to make at some point in the future, but at present we're as we are...
we spend about $600-900/yr for heat and to run the gas fireplace once in a while. the rest of our monthly costs are electric at about $1200/yr. compared to many we're quite inexpensive on heating/cooling. if it were just me i could probably cut those expenses in half or more.
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Farm1 wrote: ...

:) it's nice when it works out well like that.
neither of us can tolerate the smell of smoke. i sneeze and get plugged up with wood burning fireplaces. even drifts from the neighbors who burn wood at times bothers me.
it sucks because i really do like fires and fireplaces and would love to have an efficient wood burning stove for heat and hot water also i'd like to do experiments with biochar and rocket stoves... all of those become much more difficult when you can't really tolerate smoke.

i don't mind the cold aspect of it nearly as much as the possible damage to pipes and equipment, but we've not had an extended outage yet that gets me to think about draining tanks and putting down anti- freeze.
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Farm1 wrote:

You must be up the hill a bit. Anywhere near Nimmitabel? Numbugga perhaps?
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On 11/23/2013 6:57 PM, David Hare-Scott wrote: snip...

Nah, mate. About half way between Intercourse and Blue Ball as the common blackbird flies... ;-)
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