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TAS Country : January 6th 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011 Tasmanian Country 5 News Extreme markers in weather year KAROLIN MacGREGOR TASMANIA'S weather during 2010 was a mixed bag, but the Weather Bureau's annual climate summary released this week shows that overall it was warmer than average. The summary says temperatures across the state were particularly warmer during the first half of the year and overall daytime and minimum night time temperatures were about half a degree higher than normal. Hobart and Eddystone Point had their highest mean daily maximum temperatures on record. January last year produced several hot days including one of the four hottest ever recorded when the temperature at Ouse reached 40.7C. January also produced some scorching weather in the northwest. Devonport recorded it's hottest day temperature of 33.2C, beating the previous record by several degrees. Conditions across the state cooled in April and May, but mild conditions persisted during June and July for many parts of the state. Liawenee maintained it's reputation as the state's coldest area after recording a night time low of -10.2C on May 22. Unusually the coldest day time temperature of the year occurred in September, when Mt Wellington did not get above a chilly -2.1C. Snow fell to low levels on September 28-29 and settled at about 200m above sea level in the south. Rainfall in the north during the later part of the year produced above average rainfall figures for many areas in 2010. However in the state's south a drier than normal start to the year was not offset by late rains and many area's experienced lower than average annual rainfall. Hobart airport was one of the state's driest areas, with just 409mm for the year. Mount Read on the West Coast was the wettest area with 3955mm of rain recorded there throughout the year. Launceston had it wettest year since 1980. Several southern sites, including Hobart, had their driest January-July period on record. Huge waves on September 16 was one of the most interesting weather events during 2010. A waverider buoy off the state's west coast recorded waves on September 16 that peaked at 18.4m. For some areas strong winds were also a feature of the weather, although the normally windy autumn, winter and spring periods were a little calmer than usual. The strongest gust for the year was 157km/h recorded on Maatsuyker Island on December 10. TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania 2048557-04 Please remove any hidden obstacles in your poppy paddocks while they can still be seen and ensure access is clear. Delays are costly for everyone. HELPERS: There will be some top dogs for sale at this month's Working Dog Auction at Ross. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR Top dogs show off new tricks KAROLIN MacGREGOR FARMERS looking for a new dog to help out with their stock work will have plenty to choose from at this year's Working Dog Auction. The auction will be held on January 22 at the Ross Recreation Ground from 10am. Organiser Robert Brown said the auction, which is now in its eleventh year was the ideal place for farmers to purchase a working dog. ''It's a place where people can come and see a few different types of dogs on the one day,'' he said. Prior to the auction, each vendor will demonstrate their dog's working abilities. The dogs can be worked in a small paddock and a yard to show their strengths and the work they are suited for. ''It take a lot of time to train a dog so some people prefer to buy dogs that are already started and at least have some basic working training,'' Mr Brown said. ''A lot of the dogs we sell at the auction are young, but they've started working.'' Mr Brown said in previous years the auction's top dogs had sold for between $1200-$1300 on average. ''Good dogs are worth quite a bit of money because a good dog can save you a lot of time and money on a farm,'' he said. Anyone interested in finding out more can contact Mr Brown on 0417 815 228. Move to deal with bushfires TASMANIA'S bushfire season has officially started with the announce- ment of a fire permit period for all parts of the state this week. The permit period commenced at midnight on Wednesday and comes after two weeks of relatively warm, dry weather. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lin Thorpe said the decision to declare the fire permit period was made after consultation with the state's land managers and Tasmania Fire Service. ''It is the right time to commence a permit period, the state is starting to experience warmer weather and with the number of bushfires starting to increase there is the potential to have fires that may impact on communi- ties,'' Ms Thorpe said. Tasmania Fire Service deputy chief Gavin Freeman said an abun- dance of rain during winter and spring had provided ideal growing conditions for fuel which looked set to become an issue as the weather got hotter. ''There only needs to be a small change in fire weather conditions to cause a relatively small fire to be- come a fire of concern,'' Mr Freeman said. To find out more about how to deal with bushfire threats or to obtain a permit phone 1800 000 699 or go to www.fire.tas.gov.au. IN AN ELECTRICITY EMERGENCY CALL 13 2004 DON T DIE LOOK UP LOOK OUT AGEN3381rj Aurora Energy Pty Ltd ABN 85 082 464 622
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