Macair SAAB From Australia, joined May 1999, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 692 times:
With Townsville being in the tropics, we get Cyclones (Hurricanes, Typhoons, whatever you like to call them).
About 8 weeks ago Cyclone Tessi hit near Townsville, and although the winds were not as strong as they could have been, the rain caused isolated flooding around town. We even had a mudslide down Castle Hill, which is situated right in the centre of town!
Derek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 686 times:
Same as most: Heavy snow in winter, tornadoes, T-Storms, in the summer/spring. I live in South East South Dakota. The only time I like it when it rains is when it thunders and lightings with it! I LOVE thunder and lighting!!!!
Danny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3528 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 682 times:
Here in Gothenburg, Sweden, we live by the coast, so it can get pretty windy sometimes. It sometimes gets so severe that it cuts the power and stuff...kinda neat...for a while.
Then we have the typical swedish weather - snow and below zero one day, then a "t-shirt-day" the next day. It's really odd. I remember a couple of months ago when snow came in cycles of a week. It began snowing on sunday night and kept falling all the way thru tuesday. Then on wednesday it began to melt, and on friday it was all gone and dry. Then we a had a hot, sunny day on saturday and sunday, just to be wrecked by snow on sunday night. It's true, I promise! It was really strange! It went on like that for 6-7 weeks.
Brissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 683 times:
Don't get me wrong, I love the heat...living in Australia would be hard otherwise, but my time spent in Marble Bar in 1989 was hard indeed. We had 45 consecutive days where the temperature was over 38C (100F). Luckily there is a few waterholes where one can cool off. Marble Bar is the hottest town in Australia, if not the world. It holds a record of 160 consecutive days over 38C (100F). Also in the same year, we had a cyclone go thru Port Hedland (to the north)
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2461 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 677 times:
Being from Edmonton, Alberta, the weather can get interesting in spite of its northern location at 53 dgrees N latitude - the northernmost city in North America with a population over 500,000, as it is about 907,000 (metro) now.
But I wasn't even in Edmonton when an F4 tornado hit on July, 1987, after a week of unusually hot and humid weather. It came out of a nasty supercell thunderstorm firing hailstones the size of tennis balls. I was in Drumheller, in the Badlands of Southern Alberta at the time, but I did see some huge thunderheads to the north. This was Canada's second worst tornado, killing 27 people. However, during the summer and late spring, I do see some really big thunderstorms with intense lightning, hail and the occasional funnel clouds. Funnel clouds are tornado funnels that don't reach the ground, and I've seen them at least twice in Alberta, once from the rooftop of my apartment (that was a fairly big one).
Winters are something else entirely. Alberta winters are incredibly variable from year to year. In other words, it can be almost like Vancouver one year, then like the Yukon the next. I've seen winters with no snow on the ground at all on Christmas, with temperatures like Vancouver or Seattle's, even in Grande Prairie (lat. 55 N - similar to Moscow's latitude) Winters can be very cold. It's a very dry cold - no dampness at all, but we still get some snow. I've seen temperatures drop down to -47 Celsius (-53 F) and about -50 C (-58 F) in Dawson Creek, BC, only an hour and a half drive away. I was in Grande Prairie visting family at the time for Christmas holidays. That does not include the windchill effect! Gasoline will turn slushy when it gets that cold. Temperatures didn't go above -40 C for at least three consecutive days, and the ice fog got really thick. Edmonton has seen temps as low as -43 C(-45) within the last ten years. Blizzards are fairly rare in Alberta, but are most common in late winter and early spring, especially around the area of Highway 2 between Edmonton and Calgary.
It can and does get weird out there, spring is usually the strangest time of the year - it's not uncommon for the weather to be nice, hot and sunny one week, snow and cold temperatures the next.
CVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 669 times:
Living here in Key West, FLA, the worst weather we get would definitely be hurricanes/tropical storms and the occassional severe thunderstorm.
About a month ago we got hail down here. They were only pebble sized and it lasted for about 10 minutes but it was the first time in 65 years and only the fourth time in city history.