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Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:30 am

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For the third time in the last three weeks, Much of eastern Australia is experiencing extreme  heat wave conditions...

Around here this week, that means afternoons over  42 and 43°C --  that's well over the century measured in the "old money"/Fahrenheit.

It will be around 46 -- 47 inland, and probably over 50° out in the deserts/"Centre".


And the records have been tumbling, including :

Hottest New Years day on record;
Hottest December days averages on record;
Warmest beginning to January;
Warmest January overnight temp on record, for both Sydney and Melbourne;
And these current 40°C heatwaves are 3-4 weeks earlier than usually expected.


More on the way over the next two months, as well..


And those Koch bros./Monckton goons/Exxon fools keep on spreading their denialist crappola;  not givingma damn what long term damage they are doing to the planet, local coomunities and future generations...         .

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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by veya_victaous on Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:11 am

Well I had quite an arvo
Dodging bush-fires had to take a 20km detour to get home

some pics






The news with the details and a video of fire front
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-17/tarago-fire-destroys-farm-shed-burns-100-hectares/8188136

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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by veya_victaous on Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:14 am

P.S fire front is about 10km away and moving south away from me but the main road I take to work is bungendore road which has been burnt out

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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by eddie on Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:45 pm

So crazy how different parts of the world experience such different extremes of weather! If that was England in those pics, that land would be a swamp right about now.

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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by veya_victaous on Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:57 pm

There was about 10 minutes of rain last night most of it pasted to the north, Plus it is half clouds half smoke.

and even now at 9:30 am it is 33C so it is hot and dry, the rain evaporated with in 20 minutes of stopping.

the fire is more or less under control according to reports and there is a lot less smoke about, road was still closed so had to take the back roads around Lake George (a dry lake) pushing the trip to about 90km


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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by eddie on Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:13 pm

You want some rain? We got plenty.

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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:03 am

Surprised

TODAY there's been some bad, bad, mean 'westerly' winds gusting up from the west (from inland, coming across off the deserts).

Standing out in them, feels like the temp. is up well over 50°C (the very opposite to "wind chill" effects experienced in winter..) and the rel. humi-didity is probably effectively way down, under 20%..

These sort of conditions are "hell on earth" for the firefighters,  when those winds get behind a bushfire, and stir them up into "wildfire" territory --  like those seen in Canada last year.      affraid

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:10 am

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-18/firefighters-brace-for-hot-windy-day-at-scene-of-tarago-fire/8190018

A 3,300-hectare grassfire at Tarago, north-east of Canberra, destroyed a rural home in the path of the blaze with "scary" speed, according to a farm worker who saw the devastation unfold.

Firefighters are today battling hot, windy conditions at the scene of the blaze, which is being referred to as the Currandooley fire, near the small New South Wales towns of Boro and Tarago.

pics and videos at source

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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:16 am

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There are several smaller fires to the north and west from here, Kurri Kurri is about aa 15-20 minute drive west and Port Stephens about 40 min's north...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-06/firefighters-working-to-contain-bushfires-across-nsw/7998534

None are as big as that one down near veya, as yet..


Bushfire locations and updates are availabe from the Rural Fire Service :

http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/major-fire-updates


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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by veya_victaous on Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:10 pm

Major you are a moron.
just driving a vehicle through the long grass can start a fire in the condition we had in the last few days.

I think you would die as Englishmen typically start dropping in temps below the minimum night temp for the past week and the Uk just doesn't get to the day temps we have had, ever.

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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by veya_victaous on Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:16 pm

eddie wrote:You want some rain? We got plenty.

thank you eddie, we got the rain cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers

it started raining during the night it is only light rain but it has been constant and dampened everything, and the fires have been bought under control.
its dropped by almost 20C, 9:15 am today it is only 15C and only predicted to reach 24C it got to 38C yesterday. (And this is Australia Cold region, one of the few areas that get snow sometimes)
The road was opened this morning I took a couple of pics but I'll see if I can get some better ones on the way home. ( I cant post them at work anyway silent )

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Post by nicko on Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:17 pm

Veya, try yomping through the Brecon Beacons with a full kit weighing 80 lbs and a SLR over your shoulder, rather warm in summer and rather cold in the Snow in Winter.

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:24 pm

yes but I suspect major is Wink

Plus most of the week it has been high 20's at midnight.
I have left the fan going for the dogs while at work(they have a dog door to get in and out) so it has basically ran for 5 days straight

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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:32 pm

In global warming news, 2016 broke the heat record set in 2015, which broke the heat record set in 2014:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/18/world/2016-hottest-year/index.html

In local news, we had four tornadoes strike the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex last Sunday, Jan. 15. Tornadoes happen in Texas, but they're really rare in January!

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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:51 am

nicko wrote:
Veya, try yomping through the Brecon Beacons with a full kit weighing 80 lbs and a SLR over your shoulder,  rather warm in summer and rather cold in the Snow in Winter.

Not all English men are wimps.

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You and Major are two different animals though, nicko...


You have lived in Oz, and served in Vietnam.

Major on the other hand, is a pathetic big wuss..


The SAS and other special forces over here will send their soldiers down through the Snowies for a week with limited supplies, and let them walk out (Mid-Winter, temps down to minus 26° Celsius..);  while regulars and reservists both get to enjoy other extremes at different times --  NT savannah,  N Qld 'jungles', central deserts (Summertime temps can be over 50°C,  while winter overnight can be below freezing..)..         sunny

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Re: Heatwave, Take Three...

Post by veya_victaous on Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:18 am

Major wrote:Why set fire to your own country? be careful, ya know it makes sense.

UPDATE
Investigators have found the cause

This week's devastating fire at Tarago that destroyed a home and burnt out almost 3,400 hectares was sparked when a crow flew too close to powerlines, according to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS).

The blaze, referred to by firefighters as the Currandooley fire, is still burning in the vicinity of Taylors Road, Bungendore Road and Mount Fairy Road, but is now under control.

On Tuesday, it tore through a property near Bungendore in matter of minutes, gutting a house and destroying several cars and livestock.

A NSW RFS spokeswoman said it was likely that a crow flew too close to high-voltage powerlines, either igniting itself or causing the lines to arc, which then set nearby dry grass alight.


The bird's carcass was found by investigators.

Despite showers across the region this morning, firefighters from NSW and the ACT remain at the fire ground and are still working to extinguish the blaze completely.

The alert level for the fire is set to advice and the fire danger rating for the NSW southern ranges fire area is still set to high.

A spokeswoman for the NSW RFS said it was unlikely the fire would be extinguished today

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-20/tarago-fire-sparked-when-crow-hit-powerlines-nsw-rfs-says/8197598

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