Monday, 25 January 2010

Olga (almost) at Tolga

Yesterday, I tweeted my (mild) disappointment that the path of Tropical Cyclone Olga meant that I wouldn't be able to make a reference to Olga at Tolga (a small town north of Atherton). According to the TV news, TC Olga crossed the coast near Daintree Village yesterday afternoon and turned into a low over land. Both commercial and ABC evening news programmes had live crosses to damp reporters in Port Douglas. ABC news even called it 'a false alarm'. Really? We must have different definitions. Yes, it was a small system (category 2), everyone was prepared and it didn't cause significant damage to life or property. But there was nothing false about it.

Anyway, TC Olga became ex-TC Olga and (apparently) headed west towards the Gulf of Carpentaria. Attention turned to ex-TC Neville, which was now making its way along the coast and kicking up high seas as it went.

But that wasn't the complete story. I retired to bed very late last night, because I was a) on a writing roll and b) listening to the BBC's reading of Jekyll and Hyde. The rain was heavy. Then it got very heavy. Then it was so heavy I couldn't hear the BBC podcast, so I gave up and slept.

About 90 minutes later, an intense storm passed over the area. I could see the lightning through the rainforest canopy. Not sheet lightning, mind you. Proper stuff striking to earth somewhere close. Spectacular. But the rain and thunder couldn't keep me awake. Zzzzzzz.

This morning I checked the latest version of the cyclone tracking map. Turns out that Olga only skimmed the coast at Daintree Village and actually made landfall to the south, between Cairns and Innisfail. My place lies right under the line that marks the ex-TC's path from 10 pm Jan 24 to 10 am Jan 25.

So Olga almost went to Tolga. (It appears to have passed to the SE, but close enough.) There, I got the chance to say it. Also, be careful what you wish for.


mick said...

Wow! I do not like storms that big! AND you slept through it!*! Did any bits of the house leak? Hope not!

Snail said...

I can usually sleep through natural noises --- wildlife, weather --- but the slightest people noise wakes me up! Funny, isn't it?

I was a bit concerned for a moment when the storm was directly overhead. Living in a house with a tin roof surrounded by very tall, wet trees ... But so does everyone else. And there was nothing I could do to prevent a lightning strike or a tree fall, so I figured I shouldn't worry about it.

The house is fine. The only problem came when the run off cut a channel close to the slab at the car port end. It didn't reach the top of the slab but it may undermine it eventually. I'll have to sort out an alternative drainage path there.

It's now mild but very humid and the mould is having a field day. I'd hate to lose a battle with a fungus!

Tyto Tony said...

Good thing there's no mulga in Tolga. But too much play would be vulgar. Yes?

Why wouldn't you wake at people noises. Can't beat natural instincts.

Denis Wilson said...

Great that you came through it OK.
I was wondering, so nice ot know. I see you have been active on the Blogs, so I suspected you were OK.
Good to see you tracking it.

Snail said...

Tony, I wonder if they grow bulghur at Tolga?

There is a problem with being so attuned to people noise --- I get distracted by the slightest sound. I probably need to be even further from folks.

Snail said...

Denis, I'm still alive and kicking!

Part of the reason I haven't been on the intawebs as much as usual is that my satellite connection has been a bit intermittent. It cuts out the spontenaity, which is part of the whole experience.

Interestingly, the connection held up through the worst of the weather yesterday but has been a right pain in the neck today!

Dave Coulter said...

There's got to be a limerick in there somewhere :)

Anonymous said...

Dropped by after seeing Olga's tracking today.

I suppose you knew what you were doing with the Tolga temptation ;-)
Sounds like a nice bit of nitrogen input from that electrickery storm. Just what the doctor ordered for the end of a dry in a closed forest. Moar protein, now! Might keep the turkeys from gobbling your feet for a while :-)


Susan said...

Olga, what great names! Up here in the northern hemisphere, we get bland old Bob and Bill. Happy no one came to any harm.

Russell Constable said...

We got some good winds and rain at Bramston Beach North of Innisfail and after cyclone Larry so called "False alarms" are welcome! I even considered starting the chainsaw for dead limb clean up but bow saw was fine(too lazy to mix a fresh batch of 2 stroke fuel). The rain is still pouring down. Eubanangee swamp is filling up and road will probably be flooded by now.Wyvuri wetlands getting a good soak too.
Glad to hear all is good with you!

Anonymous said...

When you come up for air...
This is just wonderful (I don't find it at all bizarre, as one interviewee is quoted) but is the nicking of dna for repair/regeneration of chloroplasts a long bow to have been drawn?
Life is absolutely astounding.
Any chance you can get your eyes on the Symbiosis paper whenever, and give your pupils a more educated rundown than the journalist?


Sherryl said...

Has Olga come back and "got" you?