August 15th, 2008



PERTH is set to break the record for the longest winter dry spell in more than a century.

If the dry-sky forecast for this week rings true, next Saturday will mark 21 consecutive days without rain – a winter drought not seen since 1902.

The last time Perth came close to breaking this 106 year record was 30 years ago when between August 4 and 15 clear skies kept Perth dry for 18 days straight.

A ‘blocking’ high pressure system stuck over the southern ocean is stopping cold fronts from reaching the city, leaving Perth high and dry while it's still raining in the South-West, the WA Bureau of Meteorology said.

“These blocking highs are pretty persistent. They prefer to stay over cold water and are very strong, while moving very slowly from west to east,” WA meteorologist, Patrick Ward said.

“The cold fronts are just not making it up to Perth past the high.”

While bountiful July rains filled Perth dams to over 40 per cent capacity – an eight year high – water inflow into catchment areas has started to dry up.

Dam inflow has dwindled from three gigalitres daily to just half a gigalitre yesterday, according to Ben Jarvis from the WA Water Corporation.

"People are also starting to consume more water because they are turning their irrigation systems on again. But you don't need them on at this time of the year," Mr Jarvis warned.

Such an extra dry end to the season will also mean the difference between a bumper crop for Wheatbelt farmers and average yields this year, the president for the WA Farmers Federation, Mike Norton said.,21598,24185446-2761,00.html

Never give up!

Fantastic swim by Libby Trickett in the 100m Freestyle. I didn't actually catch it on account of being rostered on this month to do car checks. But she just goes to prove that you should never give up even when all seems lost. She only managed to qualify for the race because a Chinese swimmer was disqualified for breaking at the start (in fact the only swimmer in the whole meet so far to be disqualified, I think there was a Brazilian relay team that were also DQ'ed, as they say). So she went in with the ninth faster time. And she got Lane 8. And then she led for the whole race, never gave up, and the German swimmer swam her down and swam over the top of her.

And she was just lovely on the dais, crying like she was just so grateful and amazed and elated to be there. That's what happens when you never say die.

I love the Olympics!!



do I always wear heels to work on exactly the wrong days?

I totally forgot that this month I am rostered on to do vehicle checks. So I spent 2 hours or something wandering around, peering into car engines and checking tyre gauges in my high heels and now my feet hurt. And I felt utterly ridiculous doing it too.



Read me the signs! Tell me my fortune!

(I love that Buffy quote. I had it stuck in my head last weekend)

Anyway. I had THE most bizarre dream last night. Any and all interpretations most welcome.

I had a nightmare inside a nightmare - as in, in my dream, I had a nightmare which I awoke from and retold in great detail in my dream to people around me and then I woke up and remembered both in great detail. If the original dream was a nightmare then does that make the dream of the dream a nightmare?

Anyway. I dreamt that whilst I was sitting inside my (current) house, this woman came up with keys and unlocked all the doors. Because she could. And it was so creepy and frightening listening to someone on the outside of your locked house slide a key into the doorlock and open the door. In my dream, she made it through all but the last door. But, there had been other occasions where I had come home to find doors unlocked and that someone had been in my house so I was scared. I confronted this woman and (now don't laugh) she told me she was a Novelist. And that she had the keys to places so that she could go inside, if she wanted to.

I think that's all. Except that it was scary. And I am at the moment, a little paranoid about being broken into at home. Especially being there by myself. I had another dream a couple of weeks ago that someone was in the room whilst I was sleeping in my bed (although ... that was a man sized/shaped gorilla).

So yeah, maybe I am scared about being intruded on by both gorillas and novelists. *shrug*