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Remember when it used to rain?

By Loose Brown 26 March 2009 83

Apologies all – the water use thread has sparked some thoughts.

I have many fond memories of growing up in Canberra. One of my favourites was walking in the rain when I was delivering junk mail. I used to get sopping wet walking around O’Connor and Lyneham – but I was a kid and didn’t really care. I knew that a warm shower and trakky daks were waiting for me at home.

I remember the lead up to sports or swimming carnivals and the like. We would listen to the radio to see if it was going to rain – it was a real possibility. If it was raining, we’d listen too because Turner Primary or Lyneham High would announce that the carnival was postponed and to come to school as normal for a day inside instead.

Riding around the place was great in the rain. Sometimes the drains would block up and you’d race your BMX through the water while standing up on the seat to avoid getting wet.

We’d all crane our necks in the car when passing over bridges to see how full the stormwater drains were.

Rain meant the half-pipe at the Belconnen skate park wasn’t an option – you’d slip over too much, so you’d think of something else to do.

The base of Bruce Ridge had a permanent reed bed pond that was always full of water and we’d trap tadpoles in glass jars and watch them grow legs at home.

Our hockey club was raising money to install a drainage system on Southwell Park to make it less muddy (no-one had heard of greywater recycling)!

Old people had plastic bags over their bicycle saddles so they could taken them off and use the dry seat when they had finished at the shops.

Mum used to be annoyed by ‘grass stains’ on our clothing.

I used to own and regularly use a rain jacket.

I’m sick of the extended, never farking ending drought/global warming/impending ice age/figment of my imagination.

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belvereder 4:07 pm 30 Mar 09

welkin31 said :

BoM drought maps that you can all make at;
http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/silo/rain_maps.cgi
show crystal clear that the ACT is NOT in drought over 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 or 24 month periods back from Feb 09. Only the 36 month period map shows we are in drought.
This means that the frequent claims that we are in drought are ignoring the last two years of medium band rain and relying on low rainfall from 2 to 3 years ago.

Hmmm, so what you are saying is that the empty lake george is just suffering from no rain 3 yrs ago and has since filled up with invisible water.
there has been rain in the last couple of years but always in small quantities and spread out. We haven’t had ground soaking rain in years. Even with Canberrans excessive over use of water our catchment dams have dropped 13% in the last 12 months giving us about 3 yrs more water with “medium band rainfall”.
I remember it raining every swimming carnival(pre civic pool bubble) and school fete like clockwork. ahhh the memories

welkin31 7:13 pm 28 Mar 09

BoM drought maps that you can all make at;
http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/silo/rain_maps.cgi
show crystal clear that the ACT is NOT in drought over 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 or 24 month periods back from Feb 09. Only the 36 month period map shows we are in drought.
This means that the frequent claims that we are in drought are ignoring the last two years of medium band rain and relying on low rainfall from 2 to 3 years ago.

monomania 6:47 pm 28 Mar 09

SammyLivesHere said :

as Global Warming has to be art of the reason the winter rains have gone! On Friday I was caught in a rain downpour in the City, on Weds I was also caught in a big downpour in Barton, so there is rain – it’s just hard to tell these days where it’s going to fall.

O for goodness sake. It’s a drought clown. If you are so bloody good at research you should realise that the weather in the middle of a drought does not indicate that that’s what is going to happen with a 2 degree rise in temperature or that it will never rain again.

It’s arguments like your’s that undermine the belief that global warming is occurring and due to man’s activities.

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