Good morning Bendigo! 21/05/2014

Good morning Bendigo! It's pretty icy out there - hope you've all managed to stay warm somehow.

TODAY'S WEATHER

Foggy in the morning but becoming light with top of 20 degrees. This weather has been sensational.

For more detailed weather news click here.

TRAINS

No reported delays. Bendigo's service is listed as 'good' this morning.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Budget 2014: Regional Australia's view

Australians have a scathing view of the federal budget, a Fairfax Regional Media poll of 3200 respondents shows.

The budget survey took a snapshot of views across regional Australia on more than 140 news websites.

El Nino on the horizon, with warm days forecast to stay

Climate models project the Pacific will soon be ''on the cusp'' of an El Nino event, with warmer ocean surface temperatures already contributing to record warm and increasingly dry conditions across south-eastern Australia, the weather bureau said.

Surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific are running at 0.5 to 1.5 degrees above normal, and the normal trade winds have dropped or reversed to become westerlies, said David Jones, head of climate monitoring at the bureau. Sub-surface temperatures are 2 to 5 degrees warmer than usual.

''A lot of the precursory signatures of an El Nino event are already out there in the Pacific,'' Dr Jones said, adding that there was a 70 per cent or higher chance such an event would be declared.

A place to call home for autism centre

THE Bendigo Community Autism Resource Centre has found a new home. 

Twelve-year-old Mitchell Bourke, who has autism, raised $29,000 for the centre with Mitch's Autie Walk in March.

The money will be used to pay for a 12-month lease of the property at 1 Red Tank Road, Strathfieldsaye. 

Mitchell's mum, Mychelle Bourke, said it had taken a lot of hard work to secure the property, but it was worthwhile.

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with Australian musician Goyte (1980), British cyclist Mark Cavendish (1985) and American actress Lisa Edelstein (1966).

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1040 - King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency

1216 - French crown prince Louis enters England

1260 - Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire sends his envoy Hao Jing and two other advisors to the Song Dynasty court of Emperor Lizong of Song; while attempting to negotiate with the Song in order to resolve their conflict, Hao Jing and his fellow emissaries are imprisoned by order of the high chancellor of China, Jia Sidao.

1420 - Treaty of Troyes- Henry V of England and his heirs would inherit the throne of France upon the death of King Charles VI of France

1471 - King Edward IV enters London

1502 - Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena

1602 - Martha's Vineyard first sighted (Captain Bartholomew Gosnold)

1674 - General John Sobieski chosen King of Poland

1725 - The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: What goes through towns, up & over hills, but doesn't move?

A: The road! 

Have a great day! 

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