Category Archives: Weather

Christmas party

The big turnout at the DUCW Christmas party 2013

The big turnout at the DUCW Christmas party 2013

The annual Christmas party last night was a delight as usual. It was very chilly outside but inside we had a large turnout of more than 40 people, including a dozen little kids who hopped up on Santa’s lap to receive special presents. If you would like to see some photos, sample the food, and to hear about 2014, read on for the details.  Continue reading

Bushfires rage on

Fires continue to devastate bushland and homes across much of NSW Australia. In fact, the fires extend as far south as Canberra and beyond, and up to the Gold Coast of Queensland in the north.

Here is an interactive map:

Smoke is very noticeable in many areas and is impacting air quality.

The Sydney Morning Herald is giving free access to all fire related news.


Earth Hour is March 23

This is a great opportunity to remember how much we rely on a steady stream of electricity, and impact it has on the world. Unlike an unplanned power failure, this gives you a chance to run around the house and turn stuff off, especially computers and the like, and sit in the dark together with your friends and/or family. It is quite fun and eye-opening, literally. I have also simply hit the main breaker for the house at 8:30 and left it off until midnight. (This has the added benefit of resetting any powered clocks to midnight automatically.) I challenge everyone to do this, at least for the one hour. Continue reading


A rare event near Uluru [thanks to Jenny Gates]

An astonished film maker is coming to grips with the moment he witnessed one of nature’s rarest phenomenons – a tornado comprised entirely of fire – and lived to tell the tale. Chris Tangey had been out in Alice Springs, Australia, scouting locations for a new movie. After finishing the task, he went over to help workers at a cattle station when he was confronted by one of nature’s most intimidating spectacles. Continue reading