Australians - heat and fire

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Miss Chicken, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    A 31 year old man has been charged with leaving his campfire unattended which lead to the Lake Repulse fire.

    The Bicheno fire was started by a lightning strike.

    The Forcett (Dunalley fire) was started by a smoldering tree stump. Locals thought the fire had been put out days before the big fire but it seems that the was still slow burning in the root system which flared up.

    So no intentionally lit fire at all.
     
  2. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    Just read this -


    The temperature at Bega in NSW has risen from 22 degrees at 8am to 38 degrees just after 9am.
     
  3. Orac Zen

    Orac Zen Mischief Manager Super Moderator

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    It's been a horrible day here. As I type the temperature is still around 30 C and the day-long high wind has, if anything, picked up over the last hour or so. There are currently around 140 fires burning across NSW, including one much closer to home than I ever want to see. We're not in any immediate danger here but knowing that people I know and places I've been to are under threat, and that people I know have been out there all day trying to deal with a fire in these appalling conditions is...yeah.

    Several of these fires were deliberately lit. If there's a lower form of life than a person who would even consider deliberately lighting a fire in the sorts of conditions we're presently experiencing, I don't want to know what it might be. I'd like to see all their possessions gathered together and torched. I wonder how much they'd like that.

    marillion, you of all people here know what we're up against in this country just now. I'd like to be able to answer your question in an intelligent manner, but I cant, so I'll just thank you for the good thoughts.

    Things have deteriorated again in Tasmania and Victoria has also been badly affected. None of this is going to go away any time soon.

    Summer? You (general you) can have it.
     
  4. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    In Tasmania, the problem is that a cold front is coming through. That sounds good but the problems is high winds came before it - whipping the fires up again.

    Earlier in the day a convoy of cars, caravans etc were escorted by police out of the the Peninsula. Most of them were tourists who had been trapped at Nubeena and Port Arthur. A second convoy was meant to make the trip but it was forced to go back when the fires flared up again.

    My friend Janet found her three horses, safe but very spooked. They had been waterbombed by helicopters.

    Now Janet's father's place - up the North West Coast near Montumana is under threat. Her elderly father has been evacuated but his much younger wife has unwisely decided to stay behind and defend the home.
     
  5. Deckerd

    Deckerd Fleet Arse Premium Member

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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.
     
  6. Fruitcake

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  7. First Joel

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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.
     
  8. Deranged Nasat

    Deranged Nasat Vice Admiral Admiral

    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?
     
  9. rhubarbodendron

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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?
     
  10. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    Luckily, as least as far as these fires go, there are no koalas in Tasmania but other wildlife has been affected.

    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.
     
  11. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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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
     
  12. Candlelight

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    http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/8157600/Australia-is-so-hot-its-off-the-scale

    Man dats hot!
     
  13. Australis

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    Was 43C yesterday

    Is 25C today.

    Much nicer.
     
  14. SmoothieX

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    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.
     
  15. T'Grinch

    T'Grinch Romulan Curmudgeon Administrator

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    50C? That's like the Middle East.

    Yikes.
     
  16. Deckerd

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    The map on the news last night had purple in the middle!
     
  17. RobertVA

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  18. Mary Ann

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    This story was featured on the BBC earlier today. So glad they're all safe.
     
  19. SmoothieX

    SmoothieX Vice Admiral Admiral

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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?
     
  20. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    ^^^ Close enough.

    49C = 120.2F
    50C = 122F