Global peace

So you had a “weather event” while I was away. It was big enough to make it onto the BBC news, which is massive for something about Australia that doesn’t involve a person being eaten by native fauna, or a person (such as a cricket captain or prime minister) having a cry in public.

Over there it was reported as having happened in Sydney, because to British ears Sydney is Australia. It was also reported as being “like a cyclone” or “the equivalent to a category 2 cyclone”. Poms have no idea what the categories of cyclone are, and so “2” could be quite mild or could be apocalyptic; we took it from the vision of trees torn down and cars bobbing along the street that “2” was pretty bad. We could only imagine what “1”or “3” must be like.

However, by the time I got back to Oz the event was being called a “super storm”. Is that a thing? If so, does it have a category? Or is it a name invented by the insurance industry to stymie claims, in the same way that after the Pasher Bulka storm people discovered that they were insured for inundation but not flooding?

Newcastle has become dotted by stumps: in people’s yards, by the roadside, in the parks. One of the big figs in Richardson Park took a dive.

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It was late evening on Monday before I got into the creek. I walked down as far as the litter boom by the TAFE and was startled to see a tree across the banking, from Islington Public School. It was too dark to take a picture, unfortunately, but on the way back I captured a Maitland train as it paused and chuffed and chuntered on the Styx bridge.

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This morning I went back down there. It is a very big tree indeed and must have made a hell of a bang when it came down, though given the reports of the howling wind and of things being thrown around the place I doubt whether anyone heard. Which puts paid to one philosophical riddle.

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The wrack in the branches shows how high the creek got to after the tree fell. It must have been impressive and I almost wish I’d been there to see it.

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Actually, on second thoughts I’m glad I didn’t.

Unlike yesterday evening it was lovely and light this morning, and so as I emerged from beneath the rail bridge I saw a new roll-up that must have happened in recent weeks.

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After all the carnage of the event, or cyclone, or super storm, or whatever it was, this was a rather comforting message. Everything will be all right.

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4 Responses to Global peace

  1. rebec says:

    I think I heard that tree fall, in fact, I’m almost certain I did.
    Rebec

    • Mark MacLean says:

      I read in the Herald that 10,000 trees got blown down. Can that be even real? It’s a wonder you’ve got any hearing left!

      • john atkins says:

        10000 seems a bit too many. There were approximately 72,000 street trees in Newcastle Council area. Losing 10,000 is a couple of suburbs worth. Maybe if you include Port Stephens, Newcastle, Cessnock, Maitland,,, Dungog, Lake Mac, Wyong Gosford and a few northern sydney areas it might be close to half that number, i reckon.

      • Mark MacLean says:

        Thanks for that: an informed opinion at last! I think that in the aftermath of these events figures get bandied about and, within the course of being repeated several times, become truths.

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