Thunder – wind – heat

When I woke at 7.15am, it was already hot. And windy. And humid. No thanks, I’ll give a ride a miss today. As the temperature rose and the humidity made all the dead rats in the walls stink, I closed up the house and worked on the modules for the online course I’m doing. Boring- but let’s get the course done while the weather is crap so we can take advantage of cooler days come autumn! I wrap a wet towel around my neck, turn the fan onto me and get to it.

It got up to a very humid 37C before thunderstorms popped up and dropped the temperature back to 28C. We got no rain here, just thunder, wind and lightning. However, the temps stayed in the low 30s for the rest of the afternoon. Hmmm… maybe we can get in a ride.

So, a look at the radar indicated we could probably get in 20kms, so off we went. We are waiting on a front to come through – in the meantime, all the humid air off a tropical system in Queensland is sinking down this way and giving us the humidity and 20-30kph northeasterly winds.

There are thunderheads all around. There are lots of cells popping up today. We’ll watch this one to the SSW grow as we ride.
The locals have been going crazy with the feather tree. Last year, there were just a few feathers around the reflectors to make them look like eyebrows for the reflector eyes. Now the thing has a bunch of ‘hair’ from corellas (who like to hang out in the riverside trees).
That storm off to the northwest is going to develop quite quickly. See its progression in the pics below.
We’ve been watching that one build throughout the ride. We can see lightning with that one on occasion.
Railway station from the other day – looking toward the storm off to the north.
That is brand new playground equipment keeping the train theme since we are on the rail line. The dark clouds are a different storm developing off to the west.
The cumulonimbus clouds on the edge of the cell off to the north. That’s the old flour mill and the rail trail. The flour mill is now a cafe and the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory. I live about 200 metres away.
And here is what the radar looked like when I got home. We are at the red star. You can see the storms off to the north, to the SSW, and the developing one off to the west.











Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

12 response to "Thunder – wind – heat"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: February 4, 2019

    Great article, Navigator! The clouds are dramatic of course, but you had me with the stink of the dead rats in the walls.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 4, 2019

      Luckily, the dead rats really only stink on humid days and we don’t usually have a whole lot of those. Still, I look forward to living rat-free again once this lease is up.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 4, 2019

    Im sure its said in Indiana too, but we like to say, yes its Hot, but at least its Humid! 😉
    Great photos of the clouds and the Flour Mill. Railway Station too.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 7, 2019

      Luckily, when it’s humid here our high temps are usually below 40C. When it gets 41 or so and higher, it is usually blasting off the desert in Central Australia and so is a dry heat. 105 and higher are hot enough when dry!

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: February 4, 2019

    Interesting, that playground climbing thingy is exactly the same as we have here in Munich. Is that a coincidence or are they all over the world I wonder.
    Glad you got some cooler air even if the rain didn’t materilize.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 7, 2019

      The climbing thingie must be a worldwide piece of equipment. I remember them appearing in Colorado in the mid-late 1990s. Apparently, they are much safer than the old-fashioned monkey bars (at least per rate of injury).

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 5, 2019

    Our turn to cop some heat now.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 6, 2019

      Stay cool! I hope your solar vortex is as short in duration as the polar vortex! 5.5 weeks of upper 30s and 40s was miserable here, so I hope you are back to more comfortable temps soon!

  5. By: NancyG Posted: February 6, 2019

    Always enjoy your posts Em. I love those feathers!! Folks must need a diversion during your furnace-like heat. I also like the old mill and the fact that it is a cafe and chocolate factory (I don’t drink whiskey ;’-)) right off the trail.

    Suzanne — we have those climbing rope structures here in playgrounds as well.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: February 7, 2019

      The old mill is heritage-listed at the National Level. It fell into disrepair in the 1980s or so. The local Council bought it and then gave a 100-year-lease for a $1 to a private company on the proviso that they renovated it and started a business there. My co-worker that sits next to me (our GIS Trainee) works there as a barista. It’s busy and holds events like wedding receptions. The cafe has all the old exposed wooden beams, wooden floor, etc. It’s quite nice but often under-staffed! I’ve never tried the chocolate or whisky!

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