Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Riders on the Storm
A couple people have asked if we were affected by Cyclone Larry. While it apparently was pretty devastating, it hit much further north of Brisbane. Today it's kind of like Tennessee weather after there had been hurricanes in the gulf--really overcast with rain here and there, but nothing severe. Apparently Brisbane is pretty safe when it comes to cyclones. They weaken considerably by the time they get down this far, and then there are some outlying islands that sort of break the force as well.

Here is an animation of the path of the cyclone. Brisbane is even further south yet of Rockhampton, which you can see on this map.

Unfortunately, Hans's brother and sister-in-law had gone up to Cairns for a vacation this week. I called them yesterday morning, and they were fine. They were warned about the storm the night before and were told to get some food and supplies... but when nothing seemed to be happening by 8:00 that night, they didn't worry about it. They said it started to get windy at 3 in the morning, and then REALLY windy by 4... but by the time they got out of bed in the morning, it had calmed considerably. There were lots of branches down, and no stores were open except for a convenience store beneath their hotel. But it foils their plans of going out on the Great Barrier Reef. The water is too choppy now to do that, but maybe we'll just have to go back up there with them sometime.

So it's big news here. Since we don't have a television or really listen to the radio that much, we didn't actually realize it was coming at all. We just happened to see someone on the bus yesterday with a newspaper with a giant satellite photo with the clouds covering half of Australia on the front page.

I was warmed to see an article about the President conveying his sympathies to the Aussies.

And then there is also an article that mentions the other cyclone that is developing in the same area. I'll keep you posted on that one!


Mar 20 2006, 10:19 pm

I had absolutely no idea that was going on! I need to watch the news more. Glad you're ok.

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Mar 22 2006, 09:50 pm

i heard this on the radio today on my way to work...only because i was randomly listening to npr...they were talking about global warming and if it had anything to do with all of the weird weather that's been going on...then they said something about a cyclone hitting australia, and i was like, "WHAT????"
glad to know you weren't in danger, and that you're safe!

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Mar 29 2006, 09:05 am

I'm really glad you're ok, but did the "cyclone" wipe out your ability to blog? Communicate, Woman! What's going on? Are you married yet?

Seriously, this is the only link SOME of us have to you!

Don't torture us any longer, Dani! It's just not proper.

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Mar 29 2006, 10:21 pm

Sorry -- here you go. :)

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