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06/30/2014 05:22:09 AM · #1
It is currently winter in Australia.

Some southern areas DO get pretty cold, but I live in Brisbane - we really don’t get the idea of “cold” here at all.

Our “winters” have cool nights (always way above freezing) and days that are full of bright blue skies and sunshine, getting up to 25 deg C (77 deg F) most days.

We just had our big “cold snap” - our overnight minimums went down to 7 deg C (that’s 44 deg F) !!! What amuses me is that I just saw on the news that we had disruptions to our train system today, because apparently those incredibly cold temperatures actually cracked railway tracks!!!!

How on earth does Europe or North America/Canada manage to have any sort of railway system, if 7C/44F manages to break the tracks ?

I am puzzled, yet amused.

P.S. In case you can’t tell, I hate the 10 months of stinking heat and humidity around here and adore the few, short, sweet weeks of “freezing cold” weather, complete with oodles of blue sky and sunshine.

Try to remember my plight next time you’re in the grip of REAL cold temps!
06/30/2014 06:23:37 AM · #2
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06/30/2014 07:23:06 AM · #3
Originally posted by Beetle:



How on earth does Europe or North America/Canada manage to have any sort of railway system, if 7C/44F manages to break the tracks ?


my guess is they didn't allow for enough thermal expansion to occur over a wide enough temperature range.

Message edited by author 2014-06-30 07:23:30.
06/30/2014 08:18:50 AM · #4
Oh that's easy! Here in Ontario we build them in the -40 degree winters and they take all summer to thaw!! ;)
06/30/2014 08:37:02 AM · #5
The weather! This past winter, it got down to 20 deg F here in Alabama USA, below freezing, & we marveled at our unusually harsh winter--which was nothing compared to the northern states. Here, if we get actual snow on the ground everyone goes home to wait it out.

We're in tornado season now. I'm struck by the thought that though can ride a rocket ship to the moon we still hide in a hole the ground when threatened by the wind.

The low last night was 71 deg F, the humidity is high, the high will be 91. I can smell mold when I walk outside. It will rain so hard here it's like being under a waterfall. The hard rain, humidity & the noise of all the birds singing, even at night, gives a tropical twist to Alabama weather.
06/30/2014 09:36:49 AM · #6
We don't seem to have any cold cracking problems with our rail tracks here in SW Florida, though they do occasionally melt on hot summer days. We break out the heavy winter gear when it gets down to around 65 F.
06/30/2014 09:46:27 AM · #7
I live in Central Florida. The weather here is easy this time of year. 78F for a low, 92-95 for a high and expect severe thunderstorms with lightening, 80mph winds, and hail every day about 5:00 when its time to leave work. More lightening strikes across the central part of the state than any other place on earth, and me not being able to get a picture of it yet. The winters we can have a day where it is the mid 80s and the next it won't reach 40. I have seen our roads here buckle because of the constant expansion and contraction in the winter.
06/30/2014 10:59:22 AM · #8
I have a friend who lives down under, was weird seeing them in jackets in some photos they posted out there on one of the Sydney Harbor ferries.
06/30/2014 01:47:16 PM · #9
We recently had our midsummer celebrations here in Sweden. (Celebrated around the summer solstice) We had temperatures between 5 and 10 degrees C here were I live. Just a few degrees more than we had on christmas and new year.... At least our train tracks work just fine. ;)
06/30/2014 03:14:18 PM · #10
In Oslo, before the internet, I used to take a run out to the airport to get the Sunday newspapers from the UK. One Sunday I was told there were no flights from the UK, because of ice on the runway. I stepped back in amazement, my son flew down every other week from the north of Norway and there was ice everywhere. Around that time I went to a (French) friend's house to pick up some equipment, expecting him to be out because he was due to be in Paris. He stuck his head out of the window and I told him that he was not, in fact, in Paris. 'There was fog at the airport' he said. There must be weeks of fog at Heathrow and Gatwick and they keep flying year in, year out. I guess it's what you're equipped for. Apparently in Brisbane, if more that 20% of traffic control do not feel drier than a dead dingo's donger, then all bets are off.

Message edited by author 2014-06-30 15:15:37.
06/30/2014 04:18:37 PM · #11
I forgot it is winter in Australia until I saw a picture of my little niece in a thick jumpsuit. I missed her already...
06/30/2014 04:42:59 PM · #12
Thank you all for responding and sharing your own stories.
We're still hanging in there, so far - at least the roads haven't cracked yet ;-)
07/01/2014 12:03:56 AM · #13
We went from a cold Melbourne winter to an EXTREMELY cold American winter, so my sympathies for all suffering... Back-to-back winters SUCKED, but we've just enjoyed 3 weeks in the Caribbean and our Vitamin D levels are back to normal. :)
07/01/2014 12:06:28 AM · #14
Originally posted by Beetle:

Thank you all for responding and sharing your own stories.
We're still hanging in there, so far - at least the roads haven't cracked yet ;-)


It's not the roads we are worried about it's you...tell us you haven't cracked yet!
07/01/2014 12:57:44 AM · #15
Originally posted by Enlightened:

...tell us you haven't cracked yet!

Have I cracked? That's debatable.... but it wouldn't be from the "cold" :-)
07/01/2014 02:30:32 AM · #16
Originally posted by groot3909:

I live in Central Florida. The weather here is easy this time of year. 78F for a low, 92-95 for a high and expect severe thunderstorms with lightening, 80mph winds, and hail every day about 5:00 when its time to leave work. More lightening strikes across the central part of the state than any other place on earth, and me not being able to get a picture of it yet. The winters we can have a day where it is the mid 80s and the next it won't reach 40. I have seen our roads here buckle because of the constant expansion and contraction in the winter.


Ditto! The weather in Central Florida yesterday was in the upper 90's, but feels about 105 F when you factor in the humidity. I'd do anything for some cold weather!! 44 F sounds perfect to me!
07/01/2014 05:53:32 AM · #17
Originally posted by vlado:

We went from a cold Melbourne winter to an EXTREMELY cold American winter, so my sympathies for all suffering... Back-to-back winters SUCKED, but we've just enjoyed 3 weeks in the Caribbean and our Vitamin D levels are back to normal. :)


At least don't forget, on the way back you get two summers, big bonus, and I hope you had an awesome time in Trinidad too.
07/01/2014 03:50:45 PM · #18
Originally posted by Beetle:

Thank you all for responding and sharing your own stories.
We're still hanging in there, so far - at least the roads haven't cracked yet ;-)


I would not want to burst your bubble my dear, but in these here parts when it finally reaches -7C, it is not uncommon for the lads to go jogging... in shorts no less.

Cold here is when you let your little doggie out for a piss and after a few minutes you have to go outside and break the icycle off of his dick to bring him back in the house... now that's cold.

Ray
07/01/2014 07:27:11 PM · #19
Originally posted by RayEthier:

Originally posted by Beetle:

Thank you all for responding and sharing your own stories.
We're still hanging in there, so far - at least the roads haven't cracked yet ;-)


I would not want to burst your bubble my dear, but in these here parts when it finally reaches -7C, it is not uncommon for the lads to go jogging... in shorts no less.

Cold here is when you let your little doggie out for a piss and after a few minutes you have to go outside and break the icycle off of his dick to bring him back in the house... now that's cold.

Ray


ROFLMAO!!! Thanks for brightening up my cold(??) winter day. Top temp here over the last few days has been (+)9C.
07/01/2014 07:52:43 PM · #20
Originally posted by Beetle:

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We just had our big “cold snap” - our overnight minimums went down to 7 deg C (that’s 44 deg F) !!! What amuses me is that I just saw on the news that we had disruptions to our train system today, because apparently those incredibly cold temperatures actually cracked railway tracks!!!!


As soon as things are not normal, we also have problems. More than 1 mm of snow is always a traffic and railway disaster here , luckily it's summer now, and we hadn't any snow last winter :)
07/01/2014 11:11:26 PM · #21
Well it isn't all beer and skittles here either
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