Photoblog recycle: November 2010

So this was the month the photoblog briefly ceased to have a separate identity. It revived on 17 December.

Talking about the weather

Posted on November 5, 2010 by Neil

This entry is double-posted and marks the end of this photoblog for the foreseeable future: photos will appear regularly on my principal blog. I have been thinking of doing this for some time now.

Here in Wollongong we continue to feel the effects of La Niña and, apparently, a negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) event in the Indian Ocean. You may read all about this on several pages from the Bureau of Meteorology: ENSO forecasts from POAMA; Moderate to strong La Niña event in Pacific; Models predict La Niña event will persist into at least early 2011.

La Niña periods are generally associated with above normal rainfall during the second half of the year across large parts of Australia, most notably eastern and northern regions. Night time temperatures are historically warmer than average and Tropical Cyclone occurrence for northern Australia is typically higher than normal during the cyclone season (November-April).

A negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) event in the Indian Ocean also continues. Negative IOD events are typically associated with above average rainfall over large areas of southern Australia during spring. IOD events usually decay in the months of November and December with the onset of the Australian monsoon. A recent rise in the IOD index and southwards movement of the monsoon trough indicates the event may already be weakening.

So the area around The Bates Motel continues to look like this:


Mind you, you can get nice effects happening at times:


  • And continuing….

Wollongong today

Posted on November 12, 2010 by Neil

This helps me remember why I moved here.



Flagstaff Battery, Wollongong

Posted on November 13, 2010 by Neil

Relic of the Crimean War and the “Russia Scare” ….