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janinerSat, 13/01/2018 - 2:47pm
Storm over Port Stephens

The Cove experienced storms on both Monday and Tuesday evenings.

The first storm hit just before 8pm and came from the northwest in a line from the Barrington Tops area. Wind speeds were high enough to blow the doors off our neighbour’s garden shed. The thunder, lightning, wind and rain passed very quickly but the storm left us without power for 3 hours. The power flickered a few times before finally dying at about 8pm. It was not restored until 11pm, so it was an evening spent finding the emergency lamps and wondering whether it was worth the effort...

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janinerFri, 05/01/2018 - 12:44pm
Flooding by King Tide

The Cove had some minor flooding this week. It coincided with the summer king tide, which this year was higher than normal.

Spring tides occur every fortnight and roughly coincide with the new and full moons. There are two king tides a year, one in summer and one in winter. This is all caused by the orbit of the moon around the earth and to a lesser extent the orbit of the earth around the sun.

The first full moon this year was a “super moon” when the moon was closest to the earth- a full 50,000km closer...

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janinerMon, 20/11/2017 - 4:57pm

If you own a moored boat it might be a good idea to check it out for seagull nests. There is one boat near Water Street that has not one, but two nests. Once the eggs have hatched, I don't have the heart to get rid of the birds. But beware, they make a terrible mess.

Onion Orchid in gutter outside Fire Station

Photographer: 
Bob Reid, spotted by Bill Moller
Taken: 10 November, 2017
Posted by: janiner

Pied Butcherbird at the Community Centre

Photographer: 
Janine Reid
Taken: 20 August, 2017
Posted by: janiner

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