Thursday and the heavy winds came and with the winds came a health warning that the heavy winds – gusting at around 60kph, – coupled with the dry conditions, are likely to create dust storms. The Health Dept. issued a warning that people with asthma or breathing difficulties are strongly advised to stay inside until the wind storms have passed. The Chief Medical Officer
was featured on the news explaining the problems of dust storms for people with any breathing concerns. The high winds continued throughout the day and in some parts of the State, gusting at 100+kph. The wind continued into the night and was followed by heavy rain. The dust storms were pretty heavy and covered an area of 250 klms. We did get some but nowhere near as much as the lower peninsula. It is now am Friday and I have been awake for much of the night. The rain stopped at 4:15 then started again at 04:50. I am not certain but I think this just might have broken the drought at least in South Australia. The worst of the drought was inter-state in New South Wales, so I hope that the rain bands are moving in that direction. As far as I am aware, more rain is on the way. The seriousness of the drought has caused a backlash against the government – particularly the Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop. Our farmers are struggling, there is no feed for stock, sheep and cattle are dying in the thousands and Julie Bishop announces – with a smile – that the Federal Government have donated $68 Million to assist farmers in Vietnam and another $20 million to Indonesian farmers but it
seems there is not enough in the Federal Purse to assist drought stricken Australian farmers. It’s a worry…
It is now 05:55 and the rain has stopped. I hope that’s it for the morning and I can get out with Benji. We didn’t get out last night – not
even for a short walk. Well, we did get out for our walk at 07:20. The rain had gone and the heavy wind had gone. Still a bit of a breeze – and cold with it – but the major wind had died away. A temporary respite before it started again.
Finally staggered into bed at 23:30 and went out like a light. I didn’t set the alarm so it was 06:45 before I said good morning to the world. I pottered about much of the morning trying to tidy up before the forecast wind started again. I took Benji for a walk around the Wetlands. It was quiet and I was fortunate to have a chat with the manager of the new Kiosk. She said that it’s progressing but slower than she would like, but she should, all being well, open in September. Just a mere three weeks away. The wind has started up again so I’ve given up trying to clear up leaves that just keep being blown about. Ah, only 24 days until Spring.
Yogi came this afternoon (Saturday) and will be here at least until next Friday. If not Annabell will have one night of looking after both as I head off to the quarterly conference. Fortunately this one is in North Adelaide, so I will only be gone overnight, plus driving down and back. I have been asked to go out to the RFDS Main base at Adelaide Airport to collect some merchandise that needs to come up here. I was going to Adelaide, so I’ll end up out there. Oh well, didn’t want to go shopping anyway. Despite what we thought the rain was not nearly enough to break the drought, and there is talk that the Goyder Line could be moving more to the south, which will have the effect of a good chunk of the state being dropped back to the “Marginal Lands”designation, which is a worry. Adelaide is being rained on and subject to strong winds. There is even talk about flooding. So very different from up here. I think that is part of the problem. It rains a fair bit in Adelaide so they really have no idea what’s like to have no rain up in the farming areas. Many Adelaide people have no idea what happens in the 85% of South Australia beyond Adelaide, which in usually the norm for country sv. city. With us it’s a bit more extreme since we have a state bigger than Texas and only really one city.