Time to build an ark….

21 03 2012

The weather’s starting to freak me out.  We’ve had so much rain, I’m beginning to think I should build an ark instead of finishing the house!  The normal annual rainfall here is around 1200mm a year, and we must be close to having copped all of that and it’s not even the end of the third month of 2012…..  were the Mayans right after all? The age of the internet has allowed us all sorts of neat hi-tech possibilities, like being able to monitor flood gauges.  We have such a gauge here in Cooran on our Six Mile Creek (I’ve always wondered why they call creeks like this… it’s much more than six miles long, and which part of it is six miles from which town anyway?) Late on Friday February 25, an absolute deluge came down upon our neck of the woods, 318mm in two and a half hours!  That’s over a foot for all you Americans…  I often monitor the flood gauge, but never have I seen it go skywards as it did this time, the creek came up 4.5m (14 feet) in just three hours, and then just kept going up until late morning the following day.  Like this (you may have to click on the image to get a clearer view): Needless to say we were cut off from civilisation, a cause to celebrate!  It was the biggest flood since we’ve lived here, and by all accounts, probably the second biggest ever.

Our only way out…..

Water water everywhere…

But wait…..  there’s MORE!!  Just eight days later, it was on again, though not quite as bad… and now, just two weeks later, it looks like we’re in for it again, at the current rate of rise, the Six Mile will have us cut off again by 9PM tonight.  Not that I care, we’re stocked up with food, and not exactly short of water!  The tanks currently overflow at the sight of clouds……  but I am fed up with all this wet weather, the garden’s just keeling over from wet feet, and just tending the chickens is a pain, wading through all that mud.  The goats refuse to go outside in this weather and will have to be hand fed again.  And then there’s the grass…..  that grass the previous occupiers of this land planted as fodder for the dairy cows that grows at a hundred miles an hour and can’t be mown because the mower would simply get bogged the instant you drive it out there. I’m over it….  it’s times like this Tasmania REALLY beckons…

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22 03 2012
Gustava

can you elaborate on why you like Tassie?
Hope you’re going ok there..

22 03 2012
mikestasse

Hi….. I’m intent on posting about why I’m wanting to move specifically, but right now, the fact that Tassie doesn’t have tropical downpours will do! It seems we were spared last night, and that all the flooding rain fell much closer to the coast http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-23/sunshine-coast-mops-up-after-torrential-rain/3907502. While it looks like our main access bridge probably did go under overnight, it’s accessible again this morning.

My main concern though is the bog which now surrounds us, the inability to deal with the grass which I know will take over soon if I don’t cut it, and the weeds, the weeds…. which just LOVE this rain!

We’ll survive OK……. but I’m over the tropics.

7 07 2015
mikestasse

I’m reliably informed from my spies in Tasmania that going there will not let me escape from bogs, IN THE LEAST..! Apparently, I’m in for constant Winter bogs!

31 03 2012
Luddite

Hi… If the Russians are right, and certain folds within NASA, after 2013 we’ll start to see global cooling occurring as sun spot activity virtually ceases. Google ‘mini ice age’ and you’ll find heaps of info. Apparently it’ll be like the good old days when the Thames in London froze over – not sure what the story will be for Tasmania though. I love Tassie, beautiful place but my concern is that I doubt there would be enough food for the populace if a mini ice age did cometh

31 03 2012
mikestasse

The observations also convincingly rule out the sun as the primary cause of warming in recent decades.

Not saying it would be easy, but people DID live through the last ice age…

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