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    Red face Katoomba Monthly Temp average set to be SMASHED!!! AGAIN!!!

    But this really is a smash!

    Last year was the hottest month on record up here (and yes I know we are nowhere near as hot as other places - somewhat cooler in fact). The Jan 2018 mean temp for the month was 27.2.

    Unfortunately there are no Katoomba records for this January (dunno why) so I have to work with Mt Boyce, which, although only ~10-11km away, can have quite different weather to here, such is life in the mountains.

    So working off last year for Mt Boyce, the mean for the month was 27.4, also a record. This month, and only up until yesterday, the mean for Mt Boyce is ....wait for it.....waaaait....
    28.5.

    Furthermore, the next seven days are all forecast to be over 30, and putting those forecast temps into my data, the mean for the month will be
    29.3. RECORD SMASHED!

    In other words 2.1 hotter than the record set last January.

    Now that, ladies & gents, really is a record smashed to smithareens! Even if a single day's temp was broken by 2 it would be quite something, but for a 31 day average to be broken by 2, that's crazy.

    Kuffy, I deleted the bold, but increased the size, so I'm hoping your nerves are ok with that.
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    Yep, that's for sure smashed this time. I think global warming must be fast becoming odds on favourite of being true now.

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    My doom enthusiasm is twitching

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    Its probably all those extra low flying aircraft to get you mountain dwellers used to all the extra traffic from Western Sydney Airport.

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    Brett must be feeling bored? Tell them about the hailstorm and now that was smashing.

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    Yebbut, yebbut, yebbut, yebbut - climate change??? Faaake newwws!!!! Just ask Donald & Tony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanesmith80 View Post
    Its probably all those extra low flying aircraft to get you mountain dwellers used to all the extra traffic from Western Sydney Airport.
    NO! It's all the hot air generated from the local pollies about it!

    Along with other "nothing to do with local council" issues they are wasting money upon!!

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    You poor bu##$r Brett. I hope it cools down for you soon.
    This is what the last 2 weeks looked like here.
    Blood smileys still don't work.

    DATE..... MIN... MAX

    12 Sa 19.2 37.9 0.2 E 31 15:38 24.5 67 ENE 13 1015.8 35.9 23 NW 11 1013.3
    13 Su 24.4 38.1 0.2 ENE 52 21:48 28.5 42 E 26 1014.8 37.2 28 1 ENE 30 1011.5
    14 Mo 22.8 42.0 E 48 23:03 27.0 51 ENE 20 1014.1 40.2 16 WNW 28 1009.2
    15 Tu 25.9 43.9 WSW 70 20:15 31.7 30 NE 9 1010.9 42.2 10 W 33 1007.4
    16 We 24.0 44.3 NNW 26 23:27 32.0 28 ENE 13 1009.7 43.4 7 SSW 4 1006.4
    17 Th 29.8 45.2 NW 63 13:24 33.0 28 ENE 19 1008.6 43.9 10 NW 22 1004.0
    18 Fr 28.5 43.6 W 57 14:37 32.9 29 ENE 35 1007.5 41.7 13 1 NW 35 1003.7
    19 Sa 24.6 37.6 WSW 39 13:37 29.0 44 WSW 11 1014.9 36.3 9 WNW 19 1014.1
    20 Su 18.4 38.4 WNW 35 16:47 25.0 54 ENE 20 1017.5 36.2 24 WSW 9 1013.9
    21 Mo 23.1 39.2 ENE 46 00:56 26.8 53 ENE 22 1016.2 37.2 21 2 ENE 11 1011.5
    22 Tu 25.7 40.7 NNW 48 13:59 30.6 43 NE 15 1013.4 39.7 19 NNW 28 1008.8
    23 We 23.4 41.1 0.2 ENE 57 19:16 30.4 44 NE 13 1010.6 39.0 20 SW 15 1007.4
    24 Th 22.0 39.2 ESE 35 01:14 26.6 50 ENE 20 1014.0 37.7 25 NE 13 1010.3
    25 Fr 25.7 43.7 NW 37 11:20 29.3 48 ENE 19 1011.8 41.6 19 N 20 1006.6
    26 Sa 28.9

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    Gawd, that's out there Picko. Where is that?

    I had a look at Marble Bar yesterday. Not a day under 41 this month, and an average of 44.6!

    I'm not actually complaining about the temps here, especially as I know almost everywhere else is much worse. I'm just gobsmacked that the record mean will be 2 higher than the previous record (last January). That's a seriously big increase for a month's average.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    Gawd, that's out there Picko. Where is that?
    Wagga

    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    I had a look at Marble Bar yesterday. Not a day under 41 this month, and an average of 44.6!
    Yeah, glad I'm not there.

    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    I'm not actually complaining about the temps here, especially as I know almost everywhere else is much worse. I'm just gobsmacked that the record mean will be 2 higher than the previous record (last January). That's a seriously big increase for a month's average.
    Your right, and it's widespread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    Gawd, that's out there Picko. Where is that?

    I had a look at Marble Bar yesterday. Not a day under 41 this month, and an average of 44.6! .
    My 93 year old MIL grew up in Marble Bar. Actually it was at a place called Bamboo Creek 70km out of MB where they lived in a 2 room corrugated iron clad shed amongst gold mine tailings. She loves the heat and the older she gets the higher the temperature she kept her house. Now she is in an aged care facility and has the AC in her room set 24/7 on MAX which has been doctored to be 29C but she still wears track suit plus a cardigan and UGG boots all year round and often says she is cold. She is largely confined to bed or a chair next to the bed. When we visit I'm sweating in about 3 minutes, mercifully visits are short and I get the impression MIL like a short visit as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodPixel View Post
    My doom enthusiasm is twitching
    Wot, that's new?

    And please don't indulge clear_out with his request for pics. That would be somewhat worse for the national psyche than a rapid escalation in Climate Change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shanesmith80 View Post
    Its probably all those extra low flying aircraft to get you mountain dwellers used to all the extra traffic from Western Sydney Airport.
    Bah! Even at Penrith (15km) with a Northbound take off it won't be too bad. When I lived in Menai (15km from Mascot) you could hardly hear them. We're 41km away from Luddenham here, and although 1000m closer in altitude to the planes, I'm really not concerned. There's PLENTY of choppers go right over my place at 500' (on the way to the hospital).



    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Parks View Post
    Brett must be feeling bored? Tell them about the hailstorm and now that was smashing.
    Yes well that hail storm on Wednesday really was a smash-hit alright. I had the two broken windows and gawd knows how many dings in the car (even the doors....on both sides....). When the 3cm stones started coming in the house (through the very recently opened windows to let the heat out) I thought I probably should move the car to under the yuge London Plane tree, but I feared for my safety in getting the 5 metres to the car. The hail went for 40 minutes! (but it progressively got smaller).

    So yesterday I cleaned up the courtyard that was a mess of leaves and branches bashed out of the Japanese Maples. Today the heat has driven a whole bunch more down - I presume they were loosened but not knocked out of the trees on Wednesday, and then dried and shrivelled and fell today.

    Makes me wonder how this 4 weeks of crazy heat has affected the Eucalypts. Presumably there are a lot more leaves in swimming pools this season.
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    We had a casualty during the high winds the other day, a big branch came down and demolished Mrs P's clothes line. We normally have a cover over the pool but the weather has been so hot if we left it on the water will get way too hot so during the high winds it copped all sorts of stuff in it. The Kookaburras don't mind though, they do touch and goes in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    Makes me wonder how this 4 weeks of crazy heat has affected the Eucalypts. Presumably there are a lot more leaves in swimming pools this season
    The trees here are getting utterly smashed. They are shedding bark like crazy and the limbs are falling. Every small wind (or none) and they are falling to bits.

    Just next door, two huge branches feel off different trees and smashed the fence... On the same afternoon! Across the road, an old tree has shed three huge branches.

    On a drive to Belconnen today, looking at the trees on the sides of the road going around Black Mountain (a local hill of note) there were an amazing number of fallen stricken gums... We all commented on it.

    The heat here has been high. No one is enjoying this....

    FF, on doom enthusiasm, my brother asked me two weeks ago, "what if you're right?".... Well, I bloody hope I'm wrong.

    Very wrong....

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