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    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at our house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station


    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    Summary of My Diving
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - A Summary of my Diving The following is a summary of my diving as at 21 November 2017. have done 66 dives this year.

    Dives per YearType of Dives (reef or wreck)Buddies
    Type of Dives (shore or boat)Depth of DivesDives Per Month
    Dive LocationsSydney ReefSydney Wreck Dives
    Interstate and Overseas
    Dive Trips

    DIVES PER YEAR - Click on the year to see dives for that year in PDF format

    YearNumber of divesYearNumber of divesYearNumber of divesYearNumber of dives
    198814199714820061942015@@85
    1989122199895**20071922016124
    199014119991312008142##2017@@see above
    19911392000136***2009161
    199213420011632010144****
    199313320021382011160
    1994101*2003109****2012169
    19951192004131#2013138
    199611620051742014174
    TOTAL3,987
    Total hours underwater:3,150:31

    Notes:

    * I travelled to the UK and Ireland for a month
    ** I did not dive for almost 3 months due to ear damage
    *** I travelled to Cape York for 5 weeks
    **** I travelled to Central Australia for 5 weeks
    # I did not dive for 6 weeks after becoming sick while diving
    ## Low number due to moving to new house
    @@ Went sailing to North Queensland for 6 months

    DIVES PER MONTH

    MonthNumber of divesMonthNumber of dives
    January3811July2534
    February308August2834
    March339September330
    April3368October4355
    May294November3935
    June3373December303

    Notes:
    1. High number due to having a week's holiday at this time of year.
    2. High number due to Easter Dive Weekends.
    3. High number due to June Long Weekend and some years a week's dive holiday.
    4. Low number due to Trips to UK and Ireland during these months, a trip to Cape York, two trips to Central Australia, recovery from an operation, some skiing holidays and general colder weather.
    5. High number due to traditionally taking overseas diving holidays during these months.

    TYPES OF DIVE (Reef or Wreck)

    TypeNumber of dives
    Note:Some are multi type
    Reef3,229
    Wreck728
    Lake/Quarry3
    Plane26
    Cave2

    TYPE OF DIVES (Shore or Boat)

    TypeNumber of dives
    Boat2,500
    Shore1,487
    Night465

    DEPTH OF DIVES
    DepthNumber of dives
    >30 metres940
    >40 metres474
    >50 metres121
    >60 metres26

    DIVE LOCATIONS

    LocationNumber of dives
    Sydney2,579
    South West Rocks157
    Queensland147
    Vanuatu122
    Jervis Bay110
    Chuuk Lagoon98
    Solitary Islands84
    Indonesia74
    Papua New Guinea71
    Port Stephens66
    Solomon Islands61
    Shellharbour58
    Eden/Merimbula42
    Central Coast37
    New Zealand29
    Wollongong29
    Ulladulla26
    Batemans Bay25
    Tasmania23
    Norway19
    Forster18
    United Kingdom16
    Byron Bay14
    Philippines11
    Seal Rocks10
    Rarotonga, Cook Islands10
    New Caledonia8
    Fleurieu Peninsula South Australia5
    Western Australia5

    SYDNEY REEF DIVES

    Sydney Reef DivesNumber of dives
    Sydney Reef Total2,212
    Bare Island473
    Shiprock247
    Barrens Hut150
    The Split144
    Pizza Reef126
    Middle Ground121
    Inscription Point76
    Oak Park75
    Six Fathom Reef68
    Camp Cove46
    Shark Point46
    Osborne Shoals40
    Marley Point40
    The Leap36
    Lilli Pilli30
    The Balcony27
    Thompsons Bay20
    Parsley Bay20
    Magic Point Sharks20
    Henry Head19
    Mahon Pool17
    North Bondi15
    Clifton Gardens15
    Little Bay13
    South Maroubra13
    Tumbledown12
    Voodoo12

    SYDNEY WRECK DIVES

    Sydney Wreck DivesNumber of dives
    Sydney Wreck Total357
    SS Tuggerah132
    SS Undola43
    SS Myola27
    SS Kelloe25
    SS Hilda23
    SS Annie M. Miller22
    MV Malabar21
    SS Birchgrove Park11
    Coolooli9
    SS Currajong7
    Valiant6
    SS Dee Why6
    SS Royal Shepherd5
    Meggol3
    Himma3
    Centurion2

    MY BUDDIES

    NOTE:I have done 146 solo dives
    DiverDivesDiverDivesDiverDives
    Kelly McFadyen977Phil Short48
    Eddy Labour349Peter Flockart45Tim Rigg18
    Andreas Thimm268John Prior45Dave Casburn19
    Ian Gowan141Peter Trayhurn41Nick Windle18
    Heinz Bendinger 134Gary Perkins41Kristin Johnson17
    Les Caterson131Mike Scotland40Colette Wasson17
    Daryl Gibbs118Kim Dinh39Jo Edney17
    John Fowden79John McPherson35John Gordon16
    Ron Walsh73Leo Bergagnin32Shaun Reynolds16
    Gwen Corbett73Ken Ridley30Stacey Bryce16
    Bram Harris28
    John Beddie72Robyn Hewitt28Mark Simpson18
    Brian Bennett28Simon Hoad19
    Adam Florence67Keith Edwards26Dick Fish17
    Eda di Camillio26
    Gary Dunnett69Michael Wright24Chris Connell15
    Eddie Ivers69Riki Virc22Mark Ranft14
    Jason Coombs24
    Robbie Mapstone22Jodi Watchorn14
    Stephen McFadyen63Gail McFadyen22Shaun Hampton14
    Tamara Fleet55Carol Martin22John Black13
    Phil Rose22Rhonda Kay11
    Sheila Baldock46Paul Wildish21Brian Clark11
    Le Hammer45Terry Bartlett20Steve Shaw11
    Dave Burns45Ross Mackay 19Russell Stoker11
    John Conolly43 Therese Duncan19Glenn Townsend11

    INTERSTATE AND OVERSEAS DIVE TRIPS

    DateCountry/State of OzLocation
    June 1989QueenslandHeron Island
    October 1989QueenslandHeron Island
    September/October 1991VanuatuPort Vila and Santo
    November 1991Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    November 1991PalauPalau
    April 1992New ZealandPoor Knights
    August 1992Solomon IslandsHoniara
    October 1993New CaledoniaIsle of Pines, Noumea and North Grande Terre
    February 1994Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    February 1995Papua New GuineaMadang and Tufi
    August 1995IrelandTralee
    September 1995VanuatuPort Vila and Santo
    October 1996Papua New GuineaMadang
    March 1997PhilippinesCoron, Cebu and Bohol
    November 1997Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    March 1998AustraliaNorthern Territory - Darwin
    June 1998AustraliaWestern Australia - Perth and Dunsborough
    October 1998VanuatuSanto
    September 1999VanuatuSanto
    October 2000NorwayRunde Island
    October 2001Solomon IslandsGizo and Tulaghi
    October 2002VanuatuSanto
    February 2003South AustraliaFleurieu Peninsula
    November 2003Papua New GuineaPort Moresby
    September 2004Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    February 2005Melbourne, VictoriaPortsea
    June 2005Cook IslandsRarotonga
    September 2005Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    November 2006QueenslandOsprey Reef and Ribbon Reefs
    December 2006QueenslandGold Coast
    May/June 2007VanuatuPort Vila and Santo
    October 2007 QueenslandOsprey Reef and Ribbon Reefs
    February 2008TasmaniaRocky Cape, Hobart, Eaglehawk Neck, Bicheno and other locations
    September 2008Papua New GuineaRabaul and Kavieng
    February/March 2009TasmaniaEaglehawk Neck, Bicheno
    September 2009Solomon IslandsTulaghi and Honiara
    May 2010VanuatuPort Vila
    March 2011New ZealandPoor Knights and Bay of Islands
    October/November 2011Federated States of MicronesiaChuuk
    November 2011USAGuam
    February 2012USAAlabama
    September 2012IndonesiaBali (Tulamben) and Komodo
    August 2013ScotlandScapa Flow
    August 2013EnglandSwanage wrecks
    August 2014IndonesiaBali (Tulamben)
    November 2014QueenslandTownsville (SS Yongala and GBR)
    July to September 2015 (on our yacht)QueenslandGreat Barrier Reef and SS Yongala
    November 2016QueenslandCape York area
    May to September 2017 (on our yacht)QueenslandGreat Barrier Reef

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