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Title: Dreary
Post by: Gene on May 25, 2014, 03:32:18 pm
Very dreary  and overcast in Southern California this morning. What's it like at your place?.............GG :(
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Darryl on May 25, 2014, 11:49:25 pm
Clear and sunny but with a cool nip in the air this morning. About 15 degrees but will rise to about 27 - 28 later in the day. Quite pleasant really. Typical winter weather for us. Glad to see the end of the drizzly spell we've had the past two weeks or so.
Judy is in Portsmouth, UK., today and will leave from Heathrow tomorrow to come home. She says the weather there is cold but fine.
At least with dreary weather there, Gene, your bushfire risk would be lowered.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Bertha on May 26, 2014, 01:58:24 am
Here in OK, we've been having rain showers off and on for the last couple of days and more to come the next few days.  It brightens up and gets warm but then more rain clouds appear!  I do not complain about rain here, since we are still in drought conditions, and some parts of the state and the Panhandle of TX are in extreme drought. When whole lakes dry up, it's bad!
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Gene on May 26, 2014, 02:35:38 am
Darryl:

Is Judy flying directly from Heathrow to Oz?  If so that must be a ghastly long flight. The longest I ever took was from LA to Tokyo. Took about 12/13 hours................................GG

P.S.  On a different topic..........A neighbor lady of mine had a nine pount baby boy two days ago. They are of Danish extraction. Named him "Rasmus." Funny name for a kid.........................gg
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Darryl on May 26, 2014, 12:21:50 pm
Gene, I think Judy is flying back with a short stopover in Hong Kong. Still, I think it's about 12 hours to Hong Kong and then she has another long flight to Brisbane and then a two hour flight back up to Cairns, where she arrives Wednesday afternoon. Then we have a two hour drive home.
Yes, Rasmus is an odd name for a kid. Sounds more like a dog ... or is that Rastus?
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Britta on May 26, 2014, 04:46:26 pm
Yes, Rasmus is an odd name for a kid. Sounds more like a dog ... or is that Rastus?

FYI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasmus_(given_name) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasmus_(given_name))  8)
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Gene on May 26, 2014, 11:51:33 pm
Britta:

You are getting as smart as Bertha...............................GG :-*
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Bertha on May 27, 2014, 12:07:27 pm
Britta:

You are getting as smart as Bertha...............................GG :-*

I would say that Britta is probably smarter than I.                         
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Britta on May 27, 2014, 03:24:44 pm
Oh, come on, Bertha!
 ::)

I just looked it up because I thought it was quite a normal name (from a European perspective). I remember a funny story about names from my time in the UK.
We had a new student in our group. His name was Ralph - a perfectly normal name from my German perspective. I was talking to my colleague, Clive, about this new student and I said: "I don't know if he's British or German." And Clive replied: "Oh, he's definitively German. In this country Ralph is a dog's name."
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: davel on June 05, 2014, 01:18:00 pm
Sorry I haven't been around much, I've been very, very busy, and June looks to continue to be so.

Weather: I was in Russia for six days (24- 29 May). The first few days were baking hot - I saw a time/temperature sign reading 30C at 11.15am in Moscow. The next day was almost as hot as my wife and I travelled to a small town called Kimry, about 150 miles north of Moscow, where we spent the rest of our stay with our local (Eastleigh) town twinning association. We visited several schools, factories, a sturgeon farm, a church that has a special programme to help drug addicts come clean, local museums, a village community centre, a sports centre, ice hockey arena. We went boating on the Volga River. It was a fabulous experience, and we can't wait to go again. Oh, back to the weather: it changed and we had several very heavy downpours and the last couple days were cooler temperatures.

Rasmsus: I am guessing the surname Rasmusson follows what I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) is a Scandinavian tradition (not sure if it is always) of naming your child as yourname+son (or +daughter).

I cannot promise when I will next post in this forum: we have a dozen visitors arriving from France for the weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of town twinning between Eastleigh and Villeneuve-St-Georges (near Paris).

Cheers!
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Darryl on June 05, 2014, 02:11:08 pm

Weather: I was in Russia for six days (24- 29 May). The first few days were baking hot - I saw a time/temperature sign reading 30C at 11.15am in Moscow.
We went boating on the Volga River.


Hmmm. 30 degrees ain't hot, Dave.
Isn't there a song something about The Volga Boatman??
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: t k on June 05, 2014, 02:45:40 pm
The next day was almost as hot as my wife and I travelled to ...

Hmmm...  Interesting expression.  --- tk
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Britta on June 05, 2014, 03:29:04 pm
The next day was almost as hot as my wife and I travelled to ...

Hmmm...  Interesting expression.  --- tk

That would be 37°C, right?
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Britta on June 05, 2014, 03:31:34 pm
Hmmm. 30 degrees ain't hot, Dave.

30°C is hot for people from this part of the world, Darryl!
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Darryl on June 05, 2014, 11:28:47 pm
The next day was almost as hot as my wife and I travelled to ...

Hmmm...  Interesting expression.  --- tk

Nice one, tk. I'm not big on comma usage but it seems that sometimes they are necessary!!  :)
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: davel on June 06, 2014, 12:48:31 pm
Oh dear, yes, I should have used a comma! :-[

And yes, 30C is hot for this part of the world, as Britta said. I am sure Darryl would consider 0C cold, but where I originate from, Niagara Falls, that is a balmy winter's day. Cold is when it gets below -20C.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Darryl on June 06, 2014, 01:09:58 pm
Cold is when it gets below -20C.
Cold is when it gets below +20C.  ((((( :())))))
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Darryl on July 08, 2014, 11:34:17 pm
First frosts of winter here yesterday and again today. About -2 degreesC on the grass. I like these days - clear skies and approaching 30 degrees by midday. And a good excuse for a log fire at night.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Gene on July 09, 2014, 12:34:12 am
We are currently having a heat wave in Southern California. My air conditioner has been running all day. Thank God the nights are cool. We sleep well.....................................GG
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Britta on July 09, 2014, 07:26:46 am
We are currently having rain pouring down all day long at 14-18°C   :'(
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Bertha on July 09, 2014, 11:52:05 am
At the moment, we have a "train of storms" moving across central Oklahoma.  Storms stretch for about a hundred miles from northwest to southeast straight across the state. Nothing severe, but a lot of rumbling thunder and lightning flashes. Heavy downpours at times are causing flash floods in some places, too.  Once this system passes, our temps are going up, so by the weekend, we'll be around 100 again.  Yuck.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Darryl on July 21, 2014, 01:52:49 pm
Gene started off this thread talking about conditions in Southern California. We have good friends who have just returned from a visit there, or at least to Sacramento where they said the temperature was just like being back in Australia. Over 100 degrees on your scale. Bit of a heat wave over there. '' :P ''
They are quite keen on train travel and they visited a locomotive museum place called Old Sacramento, where they bought an 'Iron Horse' T-shirt for me. Very nice too.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Gene on July 21, 2014, 03:40:05 pm
locomotive museum

Along that line.........................if you ever visit Lisbon, you will find a huge musuem down along the water front of antique royal carriages. Imagine the gilded carriage that the Queen usually travels in.............multiplied by a hundred. They are fabulously decorated and dripping with gold fixtures. One forgets that Spain and Portugal had royalty at one time..........................GG
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: urban yokel on July 22, 2014, 05:56:51 am
locomotive museum
. One forgets that Spain and Portugal had royalty at one time..........................GG


Spain still has a king. Portugal's last monarchy was in 1910. Lisbon (I think) has Burger King.   :D
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: davel on July 24, 2014, 10:48:30 am
Spain not only has a king, but a new one! Felipe succeeded is father, Juan Carlos, who abdicated.

Back to the topic of weather, this part of the world is suffering from the heat - I say suffering because although temperatures of 30C are common elsewhere, they are not all that normal here in southern England. Most offices and shops have air conditioning after a fashion, but I don't know of anyone whose house is air conditioned. There is no sign of any rain, some forecasters say this heat wave will continue well into August.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Bertha on July 24, 2014, 11:27:31 am
Sounds as if you're having Oklahoma weather, Dave!  I heard from another friend in the Leicester area and they are "suffering" too.  We are in the "dog days" and we've had some pretty hot, humid weather. Thankfully, we'd had some rain off and on, which helps alleviate the drought conditions!  Can you imagine England with brown, crispy grass everywhere? 
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: davel on July 24, 2014, 01:47:11 pm
Hi Bertha, Yes, I can imagine England with brown crispy grass, as that is what some of mine looks like, even with only a couple weeks without any decent rain. We are off to Austria on Saturday for a week's holiday. The weather there looks to be a mix of rain and sun, with cooler temperatures than we are having here (21 - 24C / 70 - 76F). We are hoping our friends who will look after the place whilst we are away will have the patience to water everything that needs watering! Our two cats (14 years old a few weeks back) don't like the heat very much, either.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Darryl on July 24, 2014, 11:39:43 pm
Well we have some brown crispy grass too right now, not because of lack of water but because of frost. I like frosty mornings though, because the sky is always clear and you get warm days. It can be 2 or 3 degrees below on sunrise and 30 degrees by lunch. Quite a range of temps.
At my workplace we have been gettng a lot of Swedish, Swiss, Danish and German visitors lately. They don't feel the cold mornings and say it is too hot to be winter.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: admin on July 25, 2014, 07:29:10 am
My daughter is back from Kuwait and finds 28 about acceptable!
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: davel on August 27, 2014, 12:36:06 pm
What a range of temperatures Darryl described!

Here in England, the month of August is now on track to be the wettest and coldest August in many years. Hurricane Bertha came through and did some damage, then stalled over Scandinavia and pumped cold air down on us! The latest forecast is for Hurricane Cristobal to pass to the north and to fuel warm air up from the Continent. So, we may have one last gasp of warm summer air...
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Gene on August 27, 2014, 04:06:39 pm
Davel:

I envy your weather. Here in Southern California, rain is but a distant memory. Water experts tell us we are down to less than 30% reservoir capacity remaining. One suggestion is to dig old-fashioned “outhouses” in our back yards to conserve toilet water. Can this actually be happening?  It is…..now before our very eyes……….GG :'(
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Britta on August 27, 2014, 04:22:00 pm
I envy your weather.

I doubt that you'd repeat that if you've had it for a few weeks  :(
You may want the water but you sure as hell don't want the rest of the package, at least not for weeks on end.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Darryl on August 27, 2014, 11:30:03 pm
Davel:

I envy your weather.  :'(

Well, we envy your weeks of rain too. It will take many many weeks of good soaking rain to relieve the drought of western Queensland and parts of NSW. But then, we are a very big country. While outback Qld is parched, there are floods around Sydney and the north coast of NSW this morning. Pity we can't even it out and send the coastal rain inland.
As far back as 1933 there were plans to take advantage of tropical rainfall by diverting Australia's coastal rivers from North Queensland into the outback (The Bradfield Scheme) but it never eventuated.
I hear that Mount Isa, where we lived previously, is in dire straits with water shortages. No-one in Western Queensland complains when it rains. They dance in the streets.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Britta on August 28, 2014, 07:04:23 am
No-one in Western Queensland complains when it rains. They dance in the streets.

That's probably because it doesn't do that on 300 days a year! The problem here is not the rain as such. We're going to have months of (nothing but) rain between November and April but normally, this time of the year should be fairly dry. At the moment the fruit is rotting on the trees and what doesn't rot tastes bland and water soaked; wheat, rye and barley are rotting on the stem because we don't get two dry days in a row. I will have to throw away about 90% of my tomatoes because they burst and rot or develop blight with the constant rain. Can you imagine not seeing the sun for weeks, not being able to get your clothes dry without a dryer or having to keep the central heating running to prevent mildew on the walls - and call it "summer"?

Fortunately, at the moment we seem to be in for a few days with some sunshine where it will rain only for a few hours a day. That's an improvement.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: davel on September 01, 2014, 10:21:22 am
As thought, the month of August was the wettest / coolest in England in somewhere around 20 years, but things have not been as dire here as Britta recounts. My tomatoes, however, are also not ripening, and are splitting and suffering from blight, as are Britta's. Towards the end of last week (Thurs - Fri) they were saying we would have another blast of summer, but that didn't happen! We had a mostly dry weekend, and the sun came out yesterday afternoon, but today is another cool day of steady drizzle.

A couple years ago, when we had had a drought, there was talk here of schemes such as Darryl mentioned, to get water somehow from the North West to the South East, but nobody was able to come up with any practical scheme.

As for Gene's toilets in the back yard, hmm, I hope it doesn't come to that. In times of water scarcity, we are told to use grey water (from having washed the dishes, for example) in a bowl to flush the toilet, and I think some people may have diverted the waste pipe from their washing machines to somehow flush the toilets. At my house, we try and remember to use the dishwater to water our potted plants.

We are wondering what sort of winter we'll have - as Britta describes, that is our "wet" season but last winter was very wet indeed, with this part of Southern England receiving 225% the normal amount of rain.

To be continued as the months pass...
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Darryl on September 01, 2014, 12:13:23 pm
First day of Spring here. Weather normal. Clear skies, cool mornings to warm days (high 20s). Picture perfect.
Title: Re: Dreary
Post by: Bertha on September 01, 2014, 12:39:14 pm
Our summer here in Oklahoma has been "cooler" than usual for the most part.  It didn't really begin to be hot until the end of July and all the month of August.  We had a day or two of 80 degree weather and a bit of rain, but mostly it's been dry since June.  We're no longer in a severe drought. 

Today, it's Labor Day here which is the last holiday of the summer season.  Although most schools are already in session, things get really serious now.  We mark Labor Day weekend at the college where I work with a huge arts festival.  Last night, they shot off fireworks and the philharmonic played.  Today, it will be the last chance to buy a piece of art or get something from one of the food trucks.  I'm working in the call center--it's air conditioned.  It's probably going to be close to 100 degrees (F) too.