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Old January 8 2013, 11:21 AM   #46
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Re: Australians - heat and fire

And now it is 17c here !

This was a quite a story and photo (happy ending, everyone safe)

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/fa...108-2cdts.html
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Old January 8 2013, 12:34 PM   #47
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I earlier today that there were some fires in the nowra region. Hopeful tomorrow i'll find out more. Am defiemtly sick of this hot weather. Hopefully I can get soome sleep, as it feels like i'm in a sauna at the moment.
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Old January 8 2013, 12:48 PM   #48
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You know it's bad when Beeb 1 give it a prime news slot. The Aussie PM was all over the news like a rash last night. Stay safe everyone.
I'm glad it's getting the attention it deserves. Perhaps our reporting on Australian matters isn't as bad as I thought it was?
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Old January 8 2013, 01:00 PM   #49
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we're currently experiencing a minor flood. A pity weather can't be distributed more evenly. I'm glad all of you are ok.
How about the wildlife? The faster animals will presumably have suffered little, but what about slow species like Koalas?
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Old January 8 2013, 10:38 PM   #50
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How about the wildlife? The faster animals will presumably have suffered little, but what about slow species like Koalas?
Luckily, as least as far as these fires go, there are no koalas in Tasmania but other wildlife has been affected.

A FUND has been set up to help wildlife displaced and injured in the Tasmanian bushfires.

Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania is raising money to care for animals that have been burned or orphaned or are suffering from starvation and dehydration.

"AACT is accepting donations that will be redistributed to registered carers and wildlife care organisations," AACT spokesman Chris Simcox said.

"This will help meet the cost of food and medical supplies necessary for the proper care of displaced and injured wildlife. We hope to be able to achieve the maximum benefit for all affected native wildlife.

"We will be starting the fund with $2000 of our own funds, and asking the public to give generously to support wildlife."

Bennetts wallabies, Tasmanian pademelons, brushtail and ringtail possums, Tasmanian devils, eastern-barred bandicoots and bettongs are among the species expected to be hardest hit by the fires.
Rest of story here

Bonorong Wildlife Park is taking in wildlife.

I am not sure about the Tasmanian Devil Park as they are in the fire region.
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Old January 8 2013, 10:54 PM   #51
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People might be interested in Australia's temperature records


Hottest days on record

State by state:
NSW: 49.7C, Menindee, January 10, 1939
ACT: 42.2C, Canberra, February 1, 1968
NT: 48.3C, Finke, January 1, 1960
SA: 50.7C, Oodnadatta, January 2, 1960
Qld: 49.5C, Birdsville, December 24, 1972
Tas: 42.2C, Scamander, January 30, 2009
WA: 50.5C, Mardie, February 19, 1998
Vic: 48.8C, Hopetoun, February 7, 2009

Capital cities:
Sydney: 45.3C, January 14, 1939
Canberra: 42.2C, February 1, 1968
Darwin: 40.5C, October 17, 1892
Adelaide: 47.6C, January 12, 1939
Brisbane: 43.2C, January 26, 1940
Hobart: 41.8C, January 4, 2013
Perth: 46.2C, February 23, 1991
Melbourne: 46.4C, February 7, 2009
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Old January 8 2013, 11:15 PM   #52
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http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/81576...-off-the-scale

Australia's ''dome of heat'' is becoming so intense, temperatures are off the charts - literally.
When the nation's weather bureau model started churning out predictions for next Sunday and Monday of more than 50 degrees, chart producers quietly extended the scale beyond the level previously used.
For now, those days show regions of South Australia with deep purple - indicating 50-52 degrees Celsius. As yet, the new maximum scale of 52-54C - to be coloured pink - does not feature.
"It's because we've been going off the scale," said David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit.
Also off the scale was the national average maximum. It hit 40.33C on Monday, a record that has stood for 40 years but was likely to have been broken yesterday, the bureau said.
Including Tuesday, the country will have posted four of the hottest 10 days on record in 2013 - a year barely a week old.
Another record that was smashed on Monday was Australia's mean temperature. The country averaged 32.23C, eclipsing the previous record - set on December 21, 1972 - of 31.86C.
The temperature at Sydney's Observatory Hill hit 42.3C, its hottest since New Year's Day 2006 and the fifth hottest day since records began in 1858.
Man dats hot!
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Old January 9 2013, 03:00 AM   #53
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Was 43C yesterday

Is 25C today.

Much nicer.
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Old January 9 2013, 06:34 AM   #54
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Rhubarbodendron wrote: View Post
we're currently experiencing a minor flood. A pity weather can't be distributed more evenly. I'm glad all of you are ok.
I hear you on that one.

We got a ton of rain in the Northeast US last year, capped off by Hurricane Sandy. The ground is constantly squishy and spongy. Yet there were many parts of the country that had severe droughts to the point were crops and livestock died.
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Old January 9 2013, 07:14 AM   #55
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50C? That's like the Middle East.

Yikes.
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Old January 9 2013, 09:33 AM   #56
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The map on the news last night had purple in the middle!
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Old January 9 2013, 07:06 PM   #57
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http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2...r-3-hours?lite

Dunalley Tasmania:

"As "tornadoes of fire" roared toward their home, the Holmes family fled and then jumped into the sea, clinging to a jetty for three hours to escape wildfires that have devastated Australia."
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Old January 9 2013, 07:20 PM   #58
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This story was featured on the BBC earlier today. So glad they're all safe.
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Old January 9 2013, 07:21 PM   #59
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Hottest I've ever experienced was 117 in Death Valley. Felt like I opened the oven to check on a roast, the wind felt like hot fingers against my legs.

Isn't 50 C more or less equivalent to 120 F?
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Old January 9 2013, 08:42 PM   #60
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^^^ Close enough.

49C = 120.2F
50C = 122F
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