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Old 13th February 2020, 09:27 PM   #441
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Originally Posted by rjh01 View Post
He did. Australia is a state of NZ. If not, how can we make it so?
I'd be okay with that. Ardern is a much better PM than Morrison.
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Speaking of New Zealand...

Auckland set to break record for longest-ever spell without rain

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On Saturday the city will mark 40 days with no rain, as total fire ban declared across North Island


New Zealand’s largest city is on the cusp of its longest-ever dry spell, as a total fire ban is declared for the entire North Island, home to millions of people.

According to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa), on Saturday, Auckland will mark 40 days of no rain – breaking the previous record from 2013, when no rain fell for 39 days.

A dry day is classified as one in which less than 1mm of rain falls, with records for the Auckland region dating back to 1943.

The conditions have brought water restrictions and drought to many parts of the North Island with animals such as the iconic Kiwi also feeling the strain.

According to Niwa regions in Far Northland are now in “severe drought”, with water tankers having to be brought in to replenish supplies.
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Tell me about it. Was out and about in the countryside this week and the paddocks are brown and dead. Farmers are having to cull their herds and use feed that was prepared for winter. A number of the streams are going stagnant and horrid because they have sand bars at their mouths and the water is so low that it can't get out to sea, causing it to just form a pool that sits there baking in the heat.

We're forecast to get some rain next week, but at the moment it's getting towards the worse I have seen in 30 odd years.
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Better rake those forests.
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Originally Posted by PhantomWolf View Post
Tell me about it. Was out and about in the countryside this week and the paddocks are brown and dead. Farmers are having to cull their herds and use feed that was prepared for winter. A number of the streams are going stagnant and horrid because they have sand bars at their mouths and the water is so low that it can't get out to sea, causing it to just form a pool that sits there baking in the heat.

We're forecast to get some rain next week, but at the moment it's getting towards the worse I have seen in 30 odd years.
You have my sincere sympathies. Believe me, we know what it's like.
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Just saw a meme on Facebook:

Ex-tropical cyclone Uesi just hit Lord Howe Island, by the way. It'll get to the mainland before long.
Nope - it misses Aussie on the way to South Island.
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