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Katherine Times Wed 25 Oct 2017



Katherine Times Wed 25 Oct 2017


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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TALES FROM THE TOP END Wednesday October 25, 2017 KATHERINETIMES 11katherinetimes.com.au Just what is on the radar ITS like there is an invisible force field around Katherine. How many times have I heard that in the past few weeks. In this stinking hot weather, people are just hanging out for rain. In these unusual days of water restrictions, the gardens could do with a drink as well. Its no surprise that the Bureau of Meteorologys weather website is the most popular government site on the web. People are a little hesitant to trust the forecasts, although I amnot one of them, but the radar is a different matter all together. In days gone by people would begin polite conversation with the Do ya reckon itll rain today? Their friend would scan the heavens, check out any nearby ant nest for activity, even wet a finger and hold it skyward. Some used to swear by a long-range chap called Lennox Walker who used to produce detailed expectations on what might happen. A mate of mine, a grain farmer, has a book with all sorts of predictions he reckoned was right more than it was wrong. Today they reach into their purse or pocket andwhip out their phone. A push here, a prod there, and the latest science is at their fingertips, literally. Most people seem to have a weather app within handy reach, its not always BOM but the website always links back to the government radar. Take last weekend for instance. Stormswere seendeveloping on the edges of the radar. People updated regularly and watched it heading straight for us. Then at the last minute it veers away, dumping a bucketful on someone else. Its always that way in Katherine at the start of the wet season, the old timers will opine. Dont worry, its just for a few weeks, we will get our share. The official start of Australia's tropical cyclone season is now less than a fortnight away. No doubt the concern will switch from the arrival of the first storms about the worry about flooding and such, quite reasonable given Katherines history. My goodness, the local police chief already raised the spectre of floods a few weeks back. But then, preparing for the worst is better than being caught unawares, as many were in 1998. This year the BOM have upgraded the radar with a stormtracker, to allow users to see lightning as well. Plenty of light shows in these parts, the Top End is famous for it. SOGGY TINDAL: Katherine's popular weather radar comes from Tindal. Picture: Department of Defence. By CHRIS McLENNAN Lucky Door Prizes: 40lt Engel Eclipse Fridge/Freezer (RRP $899), Oz Trail Deluxe Gazebo (RRP $339.95) 30% Off all Camping Gear* 10% Off all Fishing Gear* Eva Kool Eskies upto 25% off RRP Classic Barra Lures - 3 pack $30, or 10 for $100 or $12.00 each Gold Bombers - 3 pack $30 Spotters Sunglasses starting at $150 each Rod and Reel Combos Heavily Discounted Lots of instore Bargains - Full List available on the Night! Sign up to become aVIP on the night! Special Guest Alex Julius in store to talk tactics and all things Barra Fishing. FREE BBQ - Casting Competitions and lots,LOTS More. *Excluding fridges, tropical eskies,dometic eskies and items already on sale. Thursday 2nd November 2017 6pm to 9pm EverybodyWelcome VIP Promo Night AW3382795 Rod & RifleTackleWorld Katherine Cnr Giles and Second Streets Katherine 08 8972 1020

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