01 February, 2009

Batten down the hatches

I got up at 4:30 this morning- hoping that when I looked at the radar, the heavy downpour we were having was going to be short-lived and I could head out for a spin. The weather news is "not hopeful"- a cyclone has formed to the northeast of us and is expected to cross the coast about 120 km north of here tomorrow morning. Winds are forecast to increase this afternoon (they've already been gusting to 45) and possibly reach 100 km/hr and there will most likely be flooding rains for those of us on the south side of the system.

Given the amount of rain we have already had this wet season, the ground is fairly well saturated and when the winds do start to pick up, we can expect to see a number of trees fall. There is also a lot of road damage (washouts and potholes) around the city which we probably won't see fixed up for some time. It's a good thing we don't have frost and snow like we did in Canada- I don't know how the roads would ever survive. 

It's starting to get light out and the rain has eased a bit so I better grab some brekkie and a coffee and get ready to a check around the yard for any potential missiles.

The Numbers:
The Week:186.1

Cheers- ride safe


Groover said...

Saw the forecast. I hope it's not going to hit you. Stay safe and I hope you'll be able to get on the road again soon. It's raining down here since yesterday, too.

BoaB said...

Thanks Groover. It came ashore a bit north of Cardwell around midnight. We had some pretty good gusts of wind and I just emptied about 120 mm of rain out of the gauge. The system is still hanging around and may come back into the Coral Sea later in the week- I really don't think we need anymore wet weather just now.