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Old 30-09-2003, 01:42 AM
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Hi all,

From Australia

I saw a fascinating programme on the TV the other week, sorry I don't recall
where, but probably the science show on the ABC www.abc.net.au/quantum
The gist of it was this.
Over the south pole, the hole in the ozone layer is getting larger,
meanwhile the greenhouse effect is increasing marginally from year to year.
The combination of the two has somehow increased the strength of the winds
that circulate around the south pole throughout the year in a clockwise
motion.

The effect of this is that the increased wind velocity is pulling the winter
rain clouds down from central continental Australia to the southernmost
parts of Australia and Tasmania. The upshot is that the mainland will get
drier and Tassie wetter. More drought on the mainland will mean less
productivity and therefore a drop in GDP. Most probably the same will be
happening to South America, too.

More doom and gloom. It is interesting, though, that Tassie, in this
winter, has seen the most rain and the highest winds in a long time. When I
first came here is was common to get still sunny days in winter most of the
time. Now its usually very windy and wet. Maybe one or two days of
sunshine per week.

I see the North Pole is having its problems too, with a huge ice shelf that
has been there for many years suddenly collapsing and sending thousands of
tonnes of fresh water into the ocean. I wonder what that will do for the
plankton and other life around there? And, eventually, to the weather
around Northern Europe.

This roller coaster just gets wilder and wilder.

Judanne in Tassie



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Old 30-09-2003, 02:06 AM
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Here's the actual link. The ABC science show is now called
Catalyst, not Quantum

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s948858.htm

Judanne

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Hi all,

From Australia

I saw a fascinating programme on the TV the other week, sorry I don't

recall
where, but probably the science show on the ABC www.abc.net.au/quantum
The gist of it was this.
Over the south pole, the hole in the ozone layer is getting larger,
meanwhile the greenhouse effect is increasing marginally from year to

year.
The combination of the two has somehow increased the strength of the winds
that circulate around the south pole throughout the year in a clockwise
motion.

The effect of this is that the increased wind velocity is pulling the

winter
rain clouds down from central continental Australia to the southernmost
parts of Australia and Tasmania. The upshot is that the mainland will get
drier and Tassie wetter. More drought on the mainland will mean less
productivity and therefore a drop in GDP. Most probably the same will be
happening to South America, too.

More doom and gloom. It is interesting, though, that Tassie, in this
winter, has seen the most rain and the highest winds in a long time. When

I
first came here is was common to get still sunny days in winter most of

the
time. Now its usually very windy and wet. Maybe one or two days of
sunshine per week.

I see the North Pole is having its problems too, with a huge ice shelf

that
has been there for many years suddenly collapsing and sending thousands of
tonnes of fresh water into the ocean. I wonder what that will do for the
plankton and other life around there? And, eventually, to the weather
around Northern Europe.

This roller coaster just gets wilder and wilder.

Judanne in Tassie




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Old 30-09-2003, 11:02 AM
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On Tue, 30 Sep 2003 10:37:34 +1000, "Judanne"
wrote:

Hi Judanne

It isn't just Tassie that has the high winds, the winds here in
Queensland over the past week or two are stronger than I can recall
for quite some years. The drought is bad, they have completely banned
watering of lawns and only have garden watering on alternate days.

I wouldn't mind the your rainfall, but I can do without the cold. What
area are you in?

I am on the Gold Coast. I have a property with riparian rights and a
large river in my backyard. Although I have had some rather
unreasonable/unreasoning objections from council, I have now been
granted a water licence (from the State Government - not council) so I
can pump as much water as I please. I feel guilty though when I look
around at those who haven't this avenue available to them. I have been
forbidden by council to "share" water with neighbors, I don't really
understand why, it seems to be a bit "dog in the manger" in attitude.

Regards

Jeff
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Old 30-09-2003, 11:39 PM
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from "Judanne" contains these words:

It is interesting, though, that Tassie, in this
winter, has seen the most rain and the highest winds in a long time. When I
first came here is was common to get still sunny days in winter most of the
time. Now its usually very windy and wet. Maybe one or two days of
sunshine per week.


Hi again Judanne.

The UK is seeing big changes too with lots of weather records being
broken. Last winter was the mildest and wettest ever; spring came very
early, this summer saw the hottest ever temp in S. England and has been
generally very warm and dry there; good year for arable farmers. Europe
has had such a hot dry summer, farm yields are a long way down there.

Scotland where I live, has had the kind of summer England usually gets;
early,pleasantly warm, not a lot of rain but enough to keep everything
green. Downside has been a big increase in large red stinging jellyfish
(Lions Mane) which have prevented us swimming in the sea all summer.

I see the North Pole is having its problems too, with a huge ice shelf that
has been there for many years suddenly collapsing and sending thousands of
tonnes of fresh water into the ocean. I wonder what that will do for the
plankton and other life around there? And, eventually, to the weather
around Northern Europe.


One of the worrying theories is that it may reverse the North Atlantic
sea currents. Without the warming effect of the Gulf Stream Scotland
could become cold tundra.

Janet.



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from "Judanne" contains these words:

It is interesting, though, that Tassie, in this
winter, has seen the most rain and the highest winds in a long time. When I
first came here is was common to get still sunny days in winter most of the
time. Now its usually very windy and wet. Maybe one or two days of
sunshine per week.


Hi again Judanne.

The UK is seeing big changes too with lots of weather records being
broken. Last winter was the mildest and wettest ever; spring came very
early, this summer saw the hottest ever temp in S. England and has been
generally very warm and dry there; good year for arable farmers. Europe
has had such a hot dry summer, farm yields are a long way down there.

Scotland where I live, has had the kind of summer England usually gets;
early,pleasantly warm, not a lot of rain but enough to keep everything
green. Downside has been a big increase in large red stinging jellyfish
(Lions Mane) which have prevented us swimming in the sea all summer.

I see the North Pole is having its problems too, with a huge ice shelf that
has been there for many years suddenly collapsing and sending thousands of
tonnes of fresh water into the ocean. I wonder what that will do for the
plankton and other life around there? And, eventually, to the weather
around Northern Europe.


One of the worrying theories is that it may reverse the North Atlantic
sea currents. Without the warming effect of the Gulf Stream Scotland
could become cold tundra.

Janet.





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from "Judanne" contains these words:

It is interesting, though, that Tassie, in this
winter, has seen the most rain and the highest winds in a long time. When I
first came here is was common to get still sunny days in winter most of the
time. Now its usually very windy and wet. Maybe one or two days of
sunshine per week.


Hi again Judanne.

The UK is seeing big changes too with lots of weather records being
broken. Last winter was the mildest and wettest ever; spring came very
early, this summer saw the hottest ever temp in S. England and has been
generally very warm and dry there; good year for arable farmers. Europe
has had such a hot dry summer, farm yields are a long way down there.

Scotland where I live, has had the kind of summer England usually gets;
early,pleasantly warm, not a lot of rain but enough to keep everything
green. Downside has been a big increase in large red stinging jellyfish
(Lions Mane) which have prevented us swimming in the sea all summer.

I see the North Pole is having its problems too, with a huge ice shelf that
has been there for many years suddenly collapsing and sending thousands of
tonnes of fresh water into the ocean. I wonder what that will do for the
plankton and other life around there? And, eventually, to the weather
around Northern Europe.


One of the worrying theories is that it may reverse the North Atlantic
sea currents. Without the warming effect of the Gulf Stream Scotland
could become cold tundra.

Janet.



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Update: From the Launceston Examiner of 1 October 2003, page 7
"OUR HORRID SEPTEMBER
Tasmania has experienced one of its wettest, coldest and windiest Septembers
on record, according to the Bureau of Meterorology.
Rainfall was above average in all parts of Tasmania except the East Coast,
with some areas experiencing the wettest September for 20 years."

It goes on to detail the extremes experienced and notes that some places
recorded a 102 year high in rainfall and that "mean wind speeds were 10 to
20 per cent highter than normal in most centres."

Judanne


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"Jeff Anderson" wrote in message
I wouldn't mind the your rainfall, but I can do without the cold. What area
are you in?

Hi Jeff, I'm just outside Launceston (known locally as Lonny) on the banks
of the West Tamar. Only a suburban block, but I'm not very well and I'm
finding that challenging enough. I left Qld to come here in 1986. I had 56
acres near Woodford, outside Caboolture and a house at Yeerongpilly. The ex
still has both!

Judanne





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