Storms! how is everyone fairing?

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  1. ClissAT

    ClissAT Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Did you get much rain?
    Do you have power yet?
    Did your house, sheds & chook houses get blown away?

    I got 5ml, mostly hail,........ whoopeeeee!!! First storm for the season. :cheer:
    Not quite enough to clean this large roof area & guttering properly which requires a good downpour to flush the gutters of dead critters & leaf buildup. But I remembered to open the bypasses on the downpipes so at least this year I wont have the afore mentioned undesirables greeting me in my tank strainers in the morning.:eek:

    Still no power here after 16hrs & they say maybe out for remainder of the day.
    I have the generator going so most of the house & water pumps are powered.
    No big damage, but some branches both dead & alive, various lids, buckets, etc got blown out from under the house & scattered across the paddocks. Still some picking up to do there.

    Lots of very strong winds with heaps of suck back this time, seemed more than I would expect for that strength of wind.:shock:
     
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    Just south of Brisbane I got nothing, zip, nada, bupkis!

    I live in a land that has the best view of rain on the other side of the valley and the storms that encircle us but never touch us. It's a cursed land :cry:
     
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    <5mm of a very quick climax with lightning and wind, and that was it.
     
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    Oh I know that feeling very well Steve! :rolleyes:
    Just east of me there is a very tall glass wall! I can see the rain through it very well but the rain never crosses the highway.

    I ended up with 6.5ml which all came from the SW mostly in the form of hail.
    This is the largest tally of rain I have had here since back in May & the first rain for this month here.
     
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    Think we got about 10-15mm. Nice drop. Mowed the block the day before and it was so dry. It had a green tinge the next day. Be good to get some good follow up rain.
     
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    No idea how much - the grass and trees are still looking dead :(

    The thunder and lightning was awesome for watching my sons reactions though! He loved it.
     
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    We got about 30 mil - it was great! Not much wind or damage.
     
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    Lucky bastard! :rolleyes:
     
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    Is this enough for ya? (Lol) hopefully everyone's had as much as we have...tanks are overflowing (aren't big though being on a suburban block) and still it comes down...went out to prune on the weekend - got drenched and too cold to keep going. Didn't get my new seedlings in yet
     
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    Yeah would like it to stop now, have things to do out there including mowing again ha ha.

    Once a week rain would be nice if I could put my order in
     
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    :twothumbsup:

    And since you must have a direct line, can you put that same order in for me too please?;)
     
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    We've had one tree fall (did some damage to our chicken fence) and one large branch from the Moreton Bay fig fell and squashed several fruit trees :(

    Lots of chopping to come yet!

     
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    Mark, all those types of fig trees can grow from branch sized cuttings.
    Such a big branch will have the opportunity to dissect several large cuttings.
    If you have friends who want to plant a fig tree now is the ideal time to do it.
    The branches need to be 'planted' about 3ft 6inches or 1m in the ground using a post hole digger.
    Clean up the stem & the lowest branches of the new 'cutting' to leave around 3 sets of branches for a crown.
    The leaves will drop off but soon new ones will sprout as roots grow from the trunk in the ground.
    The cuttings need to be replanted fairly quickly or around 40cm cut off the bottom before planting again if its been sitting around for a day to 3.
    And the benefit is that the 'tree' is generally already about 6ft/2m tall.

    I'm planning to do just this technique with 2 Port Jackson figs that started life as pot plants belonging to the previous owners of this house. The figs were then planted far too close to the house & have impacted all the grey & septic water systems.
    I'm waiting for an excavator to come to do a lot of work here. It will pull the trees right out of the ground & drag them down the paddock then I will cut them up while the machine drills the 20 or so required holes.
    Then the branches will be dropped in each hole to form a broad shade, privacy & wind break.
    I plan to subdivide off my back paddock in 5yrs time so by then the trees will have pretty much joined up to form a massive high shady hedge & privacy screen.
     
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    I never knew you could start these big figs this way - that's very interesting!

    We really don't have the room here for more large ornamentals though... It's hard enough already keeping up with the chopping :)
     
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    Love the SMEAC brief, Mark. Brings back memories for me from military days. Thanks for sharing. Quite enjoyable.
     
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