Tuesday, 16 January 2007

Tropical Melbourne

What a day! I know I go on about the weather but today was (and continues to be) dreadful. 42C (108F) and humid. It'll be like this until Sunday, apparently.

Bush fires in the east damaged power lines, which led to rolling outages across the state. Not that I knew about this until I headed home. Sure, the intranet went down at work but that happens so frequently that it's hardly news. It was only when I got off the freeway onto one of the arterials that I realised there was a problem. At one stage, 1200 sets of traffic lights were off around the city. Most of them seemed to be lining my route home.

There was an advantage to this. Because I was on the main road tagging along with all the big trucks, which had right of way over everyone, I got home in record time. Now I'm sitting in front of the computer with a pedestal fan whipping up a blizzard of loose paper. I may stay here all night.

We've already had one blackout. I hope we don't get another one. I recall those Wet Season nights in the tropics when I'd fall asleep to the helicopter roar and cooling breeze of the ceiling fan ... and wake up to silence because the power had gone out.


Shorty CreeKI said...

We thought 39.7 was hot enough here in Adelaide.

A friend in Port Lincoln says the change went through there (on its way here, we trust) about 2 1/2 hours ago.

We will send it on to you guys in the East, "godspeed".

Snail said...

It's 'orrible!

I even felt sorry for the tennis players at the Australian Open.