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If you doubt for a moment that central Australia is currently mad for solar energy, know that at the Hilton Hotel in Alice Springs a board offers information on the current temperature, wind speed and strength of sunlight expressed as watts per square metre*. Vulture South made it to the Hilton after sundown, so can't report …


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  1. Herby

    Loose Wheel?

    Haven't they heard of LUG NUTS?

    Cue the Kenny Rogers song:

    You took a long to to leave me Loose Wheel (Lucille).

    1. Will Godfrey Silver badge

      Re: Loose Wheel?

      You know the drill ->

    2. Diogenes

      Re: Loose Wheel?

      My money is on Professor Fate & Max !

      (The Great Race 1965)

      1. John 62

        Re: Loose Wheel?

        Brilliant film. Peter Falk was great in it and it launched 2 classic children's cartoons.

  2. Arachnoid

    No need for a wheel

    If they had invented an sun powered hover board instead

  3. Martin Budden Silver badge

    Curmudgeonly Michigan

    It couldn't have happened to a nicer team. Oh wait...

  4. Sureo

    How hot is “stinking” hot? Preferably in degrees C (although we'll accept F if that's all you know).

    1. Alan Newbury

      It's somewhere between "Ouch - the roof of the car's hot" and "Someone get the bandages - I touched the car roof" (in the range 40 - 45 C in the shade - not uncommon in Central and South Australia)

    2. Gray Ham

      Round about 39-40 Celsius most of this week in Alice Springs. That's just over the ton in the old money.

      I gather Adelaide is going to put on some English weather later in the week, though (19 C, and raining).

      1. Francis Vaughan

        It's spring here, which means lovely average temperatures. The trouble is, Adelaide in spring uses PWM for the weather. It was 31 here today. 19 tomorrow. Average of 25 - lovely only if you are a statistician or meteorologist.

      2. MonkeyCee

        Ha! That's not English, a good 10 degrees too hot ;)

        I always liked in NZ how the sun burn time could sometimes be best expressed in seconds rather than minutes....

    3. Professor Clifton Shallot

      F 'in hot.

  5. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    No wonder the Dutch know how to make the most of sunlight

    They have to make do with so little at home

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