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The ants are fine, thank you for asking.

By johnboy - 24 November 2008 26

On Friday morning the ants in my backyard successfully warned us of truly horrible weather on the way.

For those worried about how the ants endured the cyclone-strength low pressure system which flung us back into winter over the weekend allow me to present the above photo.

If anything the ants’ mound is even higher than it was before the storms and they’re still busy building it higher.

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The ants are fine, thank you for asking.
Whatsup 12:08 pm 24 Nov 08

Antonia as well !

Granny 12:04 pm 24 Nov 08

Well, there’s Atom Ant of course.

huwr 11:57 am 24 Nov 08

Have you named any of the ants?

Granny 11:38 am 24 Nov 08

For some reason they also say, “Hurrah! Hurrah!” when they march.

Thumper 11:34 am 24 Nov 08

Don’t be silly, ants can’t sing..

They are however, exceptional mandolin players…

ebony57 11:25 am 24 Nov 08

I wonder if they sing to themselves whilst they work? “Build it up build it up build it higher…”

Or maybe they are going into subterranean car parking scams – offering wonderously renovated basement storage as the ultimate in city car parking for a modest fee per month. The Canberra equivalent of swamp in south-east Queensland.

Granny 11:16 am 24 Nov 08

Ok, then I like ants and bees too.

Skidbladnir 11:13 am 24 Nov 08

I like ants and bees. 🙂
Bees give pretty good long-range seasonal forecasts, once you get used to them.
Bees are also good at giving an instantaneous reading of the weather (by behaviour), but the ant dams are a more visible, and less open to interpretation.

ant 11:09 am 24 Nov 08

There is rain coming, as I said in the previous thread, a series of inland troughs are makign their way towards us. The big question is always moisture. Systems have been rubbish in recent times due to either a lack of moisture in the atmosphere, or lack of a catalyst to get access to that moisture. On Sunday we got an East Coast Low bombing in conjunction with the strong cold SW system, resulting in all that rain.

I like to dream that these inland troughs might be able to draw down moisture from the top end, and I think the ants may be wondering about that too.

Granny 11:06 am 24 Nov 08

I think they’re even better than bees!!

*ducks*

Skidbladnir 11:03 am 24 Nov 08

You people seriously need to learn how to read weather, and about ants.
They can tell you all kinds of things.
The survival of their entire colony depends on knowing if there’s a flood coming, and if their dam walls are big enough, to they’re rarely wrong.

Jim Jones 10:55 am 24 Nov 08

These ants are pretty cool:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oN7QhLuJfo

caf 10:49 am 24 Nov 08

Or install a live streaming AntCam.

Granny 10:46 am 24 Nov 08

I think you should start taking measurements.

toriness 10:41 am 24 Nov 08

JB can i please request an ant activity update on friday – so i know whether to take a rainjacket to foreshore or not? at the moment rain is forecast but i trust the ants more than the BOM.

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