Mr Tasmania


Tasmanian rainfall anomaly over six months
Is Tasmania a climate refuge? Perhaps. But it is not escaping climate change. The Bureau of Meteorology anomaly maps here are self-explanatory. They don’t mean a lot on their own, but they do seem to be following recognised trends. Keep in mind that the West Coast is a wet part […]

22/4/2019 – Is Tasmania a climate refuge?


Brave move by Hobart City Council to ban single-use plastic … external story here. Good on them. Should have happened 30 years ago though. Humanity moves too slowly, as we are discovering with CO2. But it’s nice to know that when the planet boils, there will be less plastic lying […]

9/3/2019 – Hobart to ban single-use plastic


Is Adelaide's heat record 47.7C?
The Bureau of Meterology said Adelaide cracked a heat record of just over 46C this year. January 2019 was Australia’s hottest recorded month. We found an interesting figure on one of Adelaide’s suburban weather stations, a high of 47.7C in Kent Town on January 24. This was around the same […]

7/3/2019 – Adelaide weather station records 47.7C



It nudged 40C in southern Tasmania yesterday. The thermometer pictured is in the shade at the cool east end of a Huon Valley house. It was also blowing a gale too, but thankfully a northerly, which blew the existing smouldering bushfire back on where it came from. Today the smoke […]

3/3/2019 – Howabout this heat?


Enjoy Tasmania (ET) had a post on here titled “Hobart’s parking mafia” that was a dig at Hobart’s bombers nailing shoppers almost the minute after a parking metre expires. We explained how this could turn people off shopping in the CBD, especially when online shopping is an easy alternative. ET […]

2/3/2019 – Hobart’s parking meter fiasco


Our post on January 22 “Fire fuse is lit” was providential, heralding one of Tasmania’s more severe and perhaps unusual fire seasons. No one was killed, but homes were destroyed. The famous Tahune Airwalk through the forest canopy suffered minor damage. The Southwood timber mill was not so lucky, with […]

13/2/19 – A story of fire and ice



Even a wonderful place like Tasmania can’t be perfect. Tasmania’s Achilles Heel is fire. This summer Tasmania has dozens of fires burning, courtesy of a dry thunderstorm that passed over the state on January 15. If a weather front with strong winds comes through between now and the end of […]

22/1/19 – Fire fuse is lit


1
Seems everyone and everything is moving into the Huon Valley. Including zebra finches. Although these guys do look aviary escapees, the one on the left being somewhat mutated n’all. Anyone else seen zebra finches? The way these things breed puts mice to shame. Tasmania already has many feral birds … […]

7/1/2019 – Huon Valley zebra finches


'Sleepless Nights in Black' ... Joshua Clement's entry in the 2018 Young Archies in Hobart, Tasmania
We went to the Young Archies art awards in Hobart last Sunday, as one of our kids had an entry. This was a statewide event for school children, also held in other states. There were some truly impressive entries. Sadly, Google isn’t providing much in the way of 2018 winners […]

11/9/18 – The Young Archies Awards, Hobart



Just when you thought you had dung it all, along comes a poo museum. The Pooseum is in the historic Tasmanian town of Richmond. Rather than make silly poo jokes, let’s cut to the link … https://pooseum.com.au/ Think twice before you give Pooseum staff a serve. They won’t take crap […]

9/8/18 – The poo museum