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Old 9th Apr 2021, 10:24
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Oh dear ... look what's headed in my direction and thought to cross the coast either late Sunday or on Monday morning. Apparently this is quite a rare phenomenon for two reasons ... firstly, cyclones don't often get this far down the coast and secondly, the interaction between the two cyclones, Seroja and Odette, called the Fujiwhara effect, is rare enough on its own. There is a third tropical low close-ish to the two cyclones that could possibly join up with them too.

News Report

Things might get interesting around here ...

Petrified of Perth.
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Old 9th Apr 2021, 10:29
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Oh my word, that does look scary! Fingers crossed they veer off or counteract each other sufficiently to stay out to sea...
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Old 9th Apr 2021, 12:26
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I see you're on Bluey Alert there Bluey. Hatten down the batches and hopefully it will avoid you.
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Old 9th Apr 2021, 18:06
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Fujiwhara effect, thats a new one

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Old 10th Apr 2021, 03:31
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Batches in the process of being suitably hattened down hifly.

Sad news about the Duke of Edinburgh but I did love Joe Biden's tribute ... there was all the formal stuff in there of course but when he said, "He was a great guy" I thought the simplicity of that statement summed it all up perfectly.
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Old 10th Apr 2021, 10:07
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If you do get the wind up, cuddle up with the cat! Fingers crossed for you here, legs too but that's on account of too much coffee this morning...

Added a caption in the Mil forum competition earlier which had its basis on a memory from my childhood...

I had an uncle who once insisted on us picnicking on the side of a main road, probably the old A24 before they dualled it, somewhere in Sussex - all I can remember is the noise and fumes of passing traffic, and the smell of slurry from the field entrance we had stopped in. My older sister and I were staying with our uncle and aunt for a few days while mum was away - my sister recalls the occasion too! We were travelling from Horsham to Angmering for a day on the beach and it was precisely 1200 and in uncle's book that meant lunchtime...

The reason we were only part way to the coast, less than 20 miles as the Covid19 droplet flies, is that my uncle was utterly incapable of being on time for anything*. He would fuss about, do this, do that, so that the stated departure time of 10am slipped well past 11am - and I never knew him be any different, any family occasion they'd be late, I know he missed at least one ferry sailing and I believe several flights from Gatwick were a near thing despite them being just about under the go around circuit... He was even late for his own funeral; but then again it's generally a good idea to be late if they are going to incinerate or inter one...

The good thing about that picnic was the delicious herby sausages that my dear aunt always provided - I asked her recently what they were; alas she doesn't recall, other than they came from a local Horsham butcher, presumably properly made by the artisan him/herself...

*One of my brothers is precisely the same - it's infuriating!
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Old 10th Apr 2021, 15:47
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This looks a little to close for comfort but we've made the place as safe as possible. Current projected path.

Interestingly, my housemate is crewing on a trimaran tomorrow. The regatta's on the river though, not offshore and should be all over before Seroja gets too close.

I'm one of those people who has to be on time, treadie. The trick for me was always to "work backwards." If I had to be somewhere at a particular time I would work out driving time, getting ready time etc. etc. then add a fairly generous safety margin and take my departure time from that.
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Old 10th Apr 2021, 20:23
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That does look close Bluey, stay safe and keep us posted.

Working backwards was the only way for me to schedule when I had to work to a deadline. Thankfully time is not so important for me these days.
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Old 11th Apr 2021, 02:38
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So far so good! We've been having rain from late last night although the cyclone is nowhere near us yet. ABC radio is running a continuous programme dedicated to the progress of TC Seroja and it has been predicted now that if the cyclone stays on its current track we should not feel "too much of an impact" here in Perth. It's a different story for areas further north though; extreme damage is expected, mainly because houses there are not built to withstand cyclonic winds. It's not like, say, Darwin, which experiences frequent cyclonic activity, the areas further south don't get these weather systems so there's never been a need to build cyclone-resistant dwellings/buildings. Centres have been set up to care for people who have been evacuated from the high-risk areas. Seroja is still a long way from me and we won't be feeling any effects until much later in the day, possibly tonight. All okay so far.
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Old 11th Apr 2021, 06:00
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
So far so good! We've been having rain from late last night although the cyclone is nowhere near us yet. ABC radio is running a continuous programme dedicated to the progress of TC Seroja and it has been predicted now that if the cyclone stays on its current track we should not feel "too much of an impact" here in Perth. It's a different story for areas further north though; extreme damage is expected, mainly because houses there are not built to withstand cyclonic winds. It's not like, say, Darwin, which experiences frequent cyclonic activity, the areas further south don't get these weather systems so there's never been a need to build cyclone-resistant dwellings/buildings. Centres have been set up to care for people who have been evacuated from the high-risk areas. Seroja is still a long way from me and we won't be feeling any effects until much later in the day, possibly tonight. All okay so far.
If it helps Bluey, I cannot stress enough the importance of having a large stock of essential liquid supplies to ensure your survival ...

PS...we now has...... snow !!!!!!!.....all you has is a few zephyrs of breeze and some passing precipitation to contend with !.

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Old 11th Apr 2021, 06:06
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Fingers still crossed Bluie, legs too but this time for reasons of comfort!

Yeah, I always plan to be early/on time for meeting people etc, and hate being late. I know several people whom I suspect of always being deliberately late when meeting in the pub so they don't have to buy the first round, which is usually the most expensive!

My old boss/great mate Bob told me about one of his former underlings who was planning a holiday on the Isle of Wight with his family about 30 years ago. He was so concerned about missing the old Sealink Ferry across from Portsmouth that he did a trial run in his car the weekend before. He realises now the guy had OCD, something I belatedly understood about another colleague of mine after she left! Mind you, it was because one of the other girls told me later, saying "you would have realised much earlier if you'd ever shared the ladies with her!" She couldn't bear an untidy desk - mine must have been a nightmare for her, poor girl...
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Old 11th Apr 2021, 09:13
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First casualty ... Carnarvon's historic One Mile Jetty.

Some history of the jetty ...

As the pastoral industry developed in Carnarvon in the late 1800s the local population pressured the government of the day to develop a port for the town. By 1897 the jetty had been built and wool and livestock produced in the region began to be exported to Fremantle and essential goods for the town imported using state shipping.
That's sad. I'll be watching the news in a bit and no doubt we'll have a better idea of what Seroja is doing. (Still a long way off from me though.)

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Old 11th Apr 2021, 10:04
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Yeah, cyclones can be a bit much at times. Experienced a couple. Fortunately, Broome had specific planning codes so the houses were built to survive a Cat 3. Our car port, only Cat 1. So when a cyclone was stooging around nearby, we'd bring in the motorbikes.
It was weird hearing the eye pass over. Mainly because it was quiet.

The worst hit Broome took when I was there was not from a cyclone but from a storm with attitude. 760mm rain in 24 hours but 420mm during the peak of the storm. We lost most of our garden...

Cairns never got a direct hit when I was there, couldn't say the same for Cooktown or Innisfail. They got smacked a couple of times. Cat 2/3's
During one of them, we all jumped into the company aircraft and high tailed it to Georgetown. Seeing the devastation on our return the next day was interesting. No radar, it had fallen over. No ILS, it was under water. The usual. A passenger got pissed off with me because we were delaying our departure to Cooktown (direct hit). I patiently explained to her that we were trying to find out if the airport is still there. And no, her flight was not more important than my life.

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Old 12th Apr 2021, 01:47
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Well we dodged the bullet here in Perth with some welcome rain but barely a breath of wind. The cyclone hit as a severe category 3 and has left a trail of destruction through Kalbarri and Northampton and other places where buildings were never designed to cope with cyclones. So far there have been no reports of loss of life thank goodness but communications are down in many places so we don't really know yet. All safe here but left with a terrible sadness for all those people further up the coast.

Preliminary report TC Seroja.

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Old 12th Apr 2021, 07:02
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Some chaotic damage shown in that report, Bluey.
As you say, the buildings were never designed to cope with that kind of weather.
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 10:51
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Well having watched the news I must say Kalbarri resembles a huge bomb site rather than a sleepy, sunny holiday destination. 70% of the township is damaged and the residents are without phone, electricity or internet. As one resident said, "There's not much left." At least the State Emergency Services have now been able to move into the area and it's now safe to evacuate people to centres that were not suitable before because they were not cyclone rated. Lovely, historic Northampton has taken a hammering too.

Recent report.

An appeal has already been established by the Lord Mayor here to help those poor, devastated people. Aussies are well known for their generosity when people are in trouble but no matter how much we raise, it will be a long, hard road to recovery.
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 10:56
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Relief for you Bluey but not the poor fellas that copped it.
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 11:10
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Relieved to hear all is well with you Bluey, and that damage has been confined to property, what a shame though. Amazing how quickly things do recover after these events, given the money of course...
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Old 14th Apr 2021, 12:07
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I went and had a look at the latest Perth news and found this headline
‘Homos against ScoMo’ protest
Can anyone translate?
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Old 14th Apr 2021, 14:49
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The Gay community in Perth is protesting against the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison (ScoMo) - a right-wing Pentecostal Christian politician.

https://independentaustralia.net/lif...an-faith,13089
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