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Old January 12 2013, 08:38 AM   #76
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Re: Australians - heat and fire

Story, with video, about a dog who was badly burnt during the bushfires and who is being looked after by Miss Chicken's vet.

Also Dunalley Primary School will open up on the first day of school next month. They will have demountable classrooms and have received school supplies (books, computers, stationary etc) from all over Tasmania, Australia and the rest of the world.
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Old January 12 2013, 02:07 PM   #77
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The only think that bothers me about heat is fires. If I didn't worry about fires I would be BRING IT ON when it hits the 40's.

The best weather is high 30's and rain. God I love that.
High 30s and rain is what we are experiencing here today, except in Fahrenheit.

Next week should be interesting. I'm off to North Dakota where the high may not get above zero. Reminds me of my Vermont days.
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Old January 13 2013, 12:24 AM   #78
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I will never live in snow and that kind of cold again.

I had a Canadian friend who used to say "the worst part of Canada is there is no South."
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Old January 14 2013, 09:43 AM   #79
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33 houses lost yesterday near Coonabarabran, NSW. The Siding Spring Observatory has seemingly escaped any serious damage to the main telescopes though the out-buildings, including th accommodation buildings, have been destroyed.
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Old January 14 2013, 09:47 AM   #80
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Summer can sod off forever as far as I'm concerned. Anything over 30 degrees C is good for absolutely nothing, IMO. It's far easier to get warm than it is to stay cool.

Locally, the fire situation is much better - for now. In the north of NSW it's terrible - at least 33 homes destroyed and God knows what livestock and other losses. Just horrible.
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Old January 14 2013, 09:59 AM   #81
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I had a Canadian friend who used to say "the worst part of Canada is there is no South."
But it's America's hat.

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Summer can sod off forever as far as I'm concerned. Anything over 30 degrees C is good for absolutely nothing, IMO. It's far easier to get warm than it is to stay cool.
Don't have an intuitive feel for what 30 C is but if I convert quickly it's around 85 or 86, which is already too damn hot for me. (Not bad off the cuff at 4 AM, eh?)

60 and a light breeze and I'm good to go.

I agree with your statement about warming up vs. cooling off. My line of work is dead in my neck of the woods these days, and I'm at a stopgap position. I'm searching nationally, and I'll go where the work is provided it's not 90 and muggy 9 months out of the year.
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Old January 15 2013, 06:27 AM   #82
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Re: Australians - heat and fire

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Summer can sod off forever as far as I'm concerned. Anything over 30 degrees C is good for absolutely nothing, IMO. It's far easier to get warm than it is to stay cool.
It's scary how much alike we are at times. You must be somehow related way back in time to my Australian Grahams or something.
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Old January 15 2013, 09:11 AM   #83
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It's going to get far too hot again around here in the next several days. Hopefully the local fire will stay controlled and there'll be no new ones - anywhere. I've had enough of all this destruction.
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Old January 17 2013, 07:15 AM   #84
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With yet more hot days here. Found out the fires in the upper hunter contained.

Tomorrow looks like it will be another hot one.
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Old January 17 2013, 09:11 AM   #85
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It's 40 today but doesn't seem bad.
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Old January 18 2013, 05:04 AM   #86
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-2 F with the wind chill here today. I hope I get to move here.
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Old January 18 2013, 05:08 AM   #87
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I gather there are big fires in Gippsland. I was watching the news while giving blood but it was too noisy around me to hear many details.

Edited to add - Sydney has reached its hottest ever temperature - 45.8C (114.26F). Its previous highest temperature was 45.7 in January 1939.
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Old January 18 2013, 06:01 AM   #88
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It's even hotter in the western suburbs. In sydney today, the BDO is happening.

Here in Newcastle, it's been a Max of 43c. Could be even more in my bedroom, as it has poor air circulation.
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Old January 18 2013, 10:04 AM   #89
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One confirmed death in Gippsland . He was found in a burnt out vehicle.

A few days ago a Victorian firefighter, Peter Ronald Cramer, 61, was found dead in Tasmania. He had been backburning and it seems he died of natural causes.
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Old February 7 2013, 06:57 AM   #90
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Bushfires are burning in Tasmania again.

People are being evacuated from Molesworth near Hobart. A large fire has been burning there since yesterday. 38 vehicles are attending.

An emergency warning has been issued for Lefroy (north of state).

Other fires are ongoing at or near Cygnet, Fingal, Franklin, Bicheno and Pelverata.

Fires at Huonville, Wiinaleah, and New Norfolk have been contained.
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