Archive for the ‘Weather’ Category

Rain Donut

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

What the...? There's a rain donut over Sydney. I've never seen rain falling in that shape before.


Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Spotted a waterspout on the way home yesterday, an intense thin trunk against the darkness of its storm cloud. I only had my tiny camera phone with me, so the best photo I got was taken several minutes after I'd spotted it, when it had already roped out and only ...

Hanging Branch

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

Hanging Branch Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. After Sydney's Big Wet of early June 2007 (a few days of extremely heavy rain, gale force winds and flooding) this tree branch hung from the cables overhead in Newport. Emergency services were in the process ...

Drowned world

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Here's a fascinating site which shows how the world will look if sea levels rise. Kinda puts the cost of lowering carbon emissions into perspective, doesn't it? All those multi-million dollar seaside properties - underwater.

Blanche de Namur

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Got my hands on some Blanche de Namur, a beer from Belgium, brewed with orange peel and coriander. A nice drop - cloudy, with a light, fragrant taste and very little fizz. Despite the orange peel, this beer has very little bitterness. It's a refreshing beer for a hot (34 ...


Saturday, May 20th, 2006

Went to the pub with the sales team last night, a very smoky pub call The Queen in Hammersmith. Had a couple of Coronas bought for me and had a good chat with everyone. Most people only started recently, like me. Today I'm off shopping for a business suit. Everyone ...

Rainy drought

Monday, May 15th, 2006

London is in the middle of the most serious drought in over a decade, maybe one hundred years, and today tough water restrictions were announced. You can no longer wash your car, water your garden, or fill your fountain or swimming pool. I'm finding the whole thing fairly laughable. Heavy dark ...

Summer day

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

It reached 25 degrees C in London today. It wasn't like a 25 degree day in Sydney, it seemed much hotter. The buses and the trains still had their heating on - I don't think they can actually turn it off - so it was more like 30 degrees ...

Worst Weather

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

From The Age: It's official: 2005 worst weather ever December 7, 2005 - 9:14AM This year looks set to be the hottest, stormiest and driest ever on Planet Earth confirming the urgent need to combat global warming, says a report by the international environment group WWF. The report, released today at the UN Climate ...

Bloody weather!

Monday, October 31st, 2005

I was supposed to go on a 4 day hiking and geocaching trip today with c.j.b. but we moved the trip to next week, as it was forecast to rain all this week. Imagine my fury when today was beautiful and sunny. But apparently it was only sunny near the coast. c.j.b. ...

Early bushfire season warning

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

From Early bushfire season warning ON the last day of the warmest winter on record, Sydney had an ominous preview of the bushfire season that lies ahead. Gale-force winds whipped a small grass fire at Menangle, to the southwest, into a 30m-high fireball over the Hume Highway - one of several outbreaks ...

Semi warm

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

It was supposed to be 25 degrees today, so I brought my towel and bikini to work, but it was cloudy at lunchtime so I didn't swim.

Melting ice cap

Monday, August 8th, 2005

From ABC: New study predicts deterioration of Antarctic iceshelf AM - Friday, 5 August , 2005 08:28:00 TONY EASTLEY: A new study which blames warmer temperatures for recent Antarctic ice shelf collapses predicts that a bigger shelf the size of Tasmania will break off in the next couple of years. In 2002, a ...


Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

It's warmer today. I don't need my big coat to walk outside and the breeze feels warm. We're finally coming out of winter.

Coldest part of the year

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Woke up freezing, yesterday. I need a heavy coat and a jumper before I can bear to take the dogs for a walk at night. It doesn't get colder than this in Sydney. And yet it's nearly as cold in London right now, but it's mid Summer over there.

On the bright side…

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

I went to an outdoor cafe for lunch today. The sun was shining brightly, the sky was blue and the temperature was summery, even though it was winter. I drank my cappuccino and reflected that I was living on the bright side of the worst drought in recorded history.

Dust devil on Mars

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Nasa's Spirit rover caught two images of a passing dust devil on Mars. Read more about it here.


Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

It was a little cooler today but still beautiful. Had a lovely swim.


Monday, April 18th, 2005

It was a beautiful warm day, today. The beach was fabulous. Even now, when it's nearly dark, it's still warm.

Plastic Box Full Of Crap

Sunday, April 3rd, 2005

Plastic Box Full Of Crap by Charl and Paxeiro S 33° 34.465 E 151° 17.077 (ratings out of 5 stars. 1 is easiest, 5 is hardest) Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 3 It's a plastic box full of crap. At least the scenery is nice. So many ...