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1/8/2013 7:20:18 AM
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Bushfire season hits Australia

[url=http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/01/08/03/00/catastrophic-fire-risk-ahead-nsw]Homes and lives threatened as 135 fires burn across the state of New South Wales[/url] Bushfire season always sucks, it's a horrible start to the new year. Tasmania has been hit bad already, with thousands of people evacuating their homes and towns in order to save their lives, and now NSW is feeling the heat wave as well. Temperatures of 40+ degrees C (100+ F) caused the fire danger to reach the level 'Catastrophic', the worst possible danger level. Just thought you guys should know. Discuss bushfires.
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  • This is why you shave your bush people.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Garshne [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Heisenburg I'm absolutely loving the heat.[/quote]I don't mind the heat either, being of tropical descent, but fire is not good.[/quote] ^Especially when there are fast, warm winds, coupled with temperatures above 40 degrees celcius. Then it's hell.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Heisenburg I'm absolutely loving the heat.[/quote]I don't mind the heat either, being of tropical descent, but fire is not good.
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  • I'm absolutely loving the heat.
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  • Nearly 10pm and i'm still sweating. This is not good for the fires. Tell you what, i'll be happy when summers gone. Decided not to go to shipfaced because it's likely to be ungodly hot.
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  • It's getting really hot down here I tell ya. No fires here but still feeling the heat. [Edited on 01.08.2013 2:42 AM PST]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Powershadows [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] banj0 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Powershadows [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] SatansReverence Just learned of a potentially dangerous grass fire less than 30 minutes from where I am in country Victoria.[/quote] ^Same here, except I'm in south-eastern New South Wales, and there's a catastrophic fire warning in my area. There's hundreds of fires of differing intensity across Australia, and there are about five or six highly catastrophic fires threatening various areas. For you Americans, here in Australia we're having the equal of what would be an extreme tornado outbreak with multiple EF5s, except instead of tornadoes it's bushfires. And it really is hell here - today it got to 42 degrees celcius, and I'm near the coast where we usually have cool, temperate days and relatively cold winters. [/quote] Where about?[/quote] I live in the Illawarra region, specifically to the south of Wollongong. We all received phone calls from the emergency services last night, and a warning of a "catastrophic fire" is in my area. There's a couple of strong fires south in the Nowra area, which I can smell the smoke from. And today it was hotter here than it was in the inland Southern Highlands and Southern Tablelands, which was really odd, because we usually get a wonderful sea breeze down here that makes it relatively pleasant during hot days. Right now it feels like hell.[/quote] Sounds bad. I know a person in Campbelltown who told me it was pretty hot in the past day or two, and when I was down in Nowra it wasn't exactly cold.
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  • Mother Nature at work.
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  • Heatwave's gonne hit SE QLD in the next couple days. Not looking forward to it.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] banj0 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Powershadows [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] SatansReverence Just learned of a potentially dangerous grass fire less than 30 minutes from where I am in country Victoria.[/quote] ^Same here, except I'm in south-eastern New South Wales, and there's a catastrophic fire warning in my area. There's hundreds of fires of differing intensity across Australia, and there are about five or six highly catastrophic fires threatening various areas. For you Americans, here in Australia we're having the equal of what would be an extreme tornado outbreak with multiple EF5s, except instead of tornadoes it's bushfires. And it really is hell here - today it got to 42 degrees celcius, and I'm near the coast where we usually have cool, temperate days and relatively cold winters. [/quote] Where about?[/quote] I live in the Illawarra region, specifically to the south of Wollongong. We all received phone calls from the emergency services last night, and a warning of a "catastrophic fire" is in my area. There's a couple of strong fires south in the Nowra area, which I can smell the smoke from. And today it was hotter here than it was in the inland Southern Highlands and Southern Tablelands, which was really odd, because we usually get a wonderful sea breeze down here that makes it relatively pleasant during hot days. Right now it feels like hell.
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  • Yikes indeed
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Powershadows There's hundreds of fires of differing intensity across Australia, and there are about five or six highly catastrophic fires threatening various areas. For you Americans, here in Australia we're having the equal of what would be an extreme tornado outbreak with multiple EF5s, except instead of tornadoes it's bushfires. [/quote] Yikes.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Powershadows [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] SatansReverence Just learned of a potentially dangerous grass fire less than 30 minutes from where I am in country Victoria.[/quote] ^Same here, except I'm in south-eastern New South Wales, and there's a catastrophic fire warning in my area. There's hundreds of fires of differing intensity across Australia, and there are about five or six highly catastrophic fires threatening various areas. For you Americans, here in Australia we're having the equal of what would be an extreme tornado outbreak with multiple EF5s, except instead of tornadoes it's bushfires. And it really is hell here - today it got to 42 degrees celcius, and I'm near the coast where we usually have cool, temperate days and relatively cold winters. [/quote] Where about? [Edited on 01.08.2013 2:14 AM PST]
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  • Reached 40 degrees where I live, which isn't far away from those fires. Didn't help that I had to work (at McDonalds) today.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] SatansReverence Just learned of a potentially dangerous grass fire less than 30 minutes from where I am in country Victoria.[/quote] ^Same here, except I'm in south-eastern New South Wales, and there's a catastrophic fire warning in my area. There's hundreds of fires of differing intensity across Australia, and there are about five or six highly catastrophic fires threatening various areas. For you Americans, here in Australia we're having the equal of what would be an extreme tornado outbreak with multiple EF5s, except instead of tornadoes it's bushfires. And it really is hell here - today it got to 42 degrees celcius, and I'm near the coast where we usually have cool, temperate days and relatively cold winters.
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  • It can be 40 in a coastal area and be manageable because of all the water around and the large amount of shade avaliable. 40 degrees in the outback, where there is nothing to absorb the heat and everything is just radiated off the ground, it's a whole other echelon of hot. I actually got a tan around my neck where my shirt ends and my neck begins and I was only out of the city for 2 days.
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  • Just learned of a potentially dangerous grass fire less than 30 minutes from where I am in country Victoria.
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  • My hands don't reach but my thoughts are with all who are impacted. Stay safe over there.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Lifts Her Tail [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Zealot Tony Reached 43 degrees C here, absolute scorcher. [/quote] As a Canadian, part of me is jealous, and another is thinking that that kind of temperature is too damn high![/quote] you go outside and you die because its so hot.
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  • It's also so hot the weather guys had to add purple to the list of colours that they use to colour-code temperatures on maps. Or something. That's how bad it is D:
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  • 48C out in central Australia. Today could have been the hottest average day in Australia. Fires everywhere. [url=http://mapvisage.appspot.com/fires/FireMap.html]Holy -blam!-[/url] [url=http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/viewer/index.shtml?type=T&level=2m&tz=AEDT&area=Au&model=CG&chartSubmit=Refresh+View]Holy -blam!-[/url] [Edited on 01.08.2013 1:02 AM PST]
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  • It's pretty bad, I was actually driving through Nowra on the way back from Lightning Ridge (touring, no other excuse to be driving that far) a couple of days ago and it was in the mid 40's. Lucky to get out of there when I did, when police and the fire brigade advise you to stay because leaving might be dangerous, then there is the potential for things to get out of control. [Edited on 01.08.2013 12:57 AM PST]
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  • Sure would be nice to have that weather here, minus the bushfires.
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  • I was out on a boat on Sydney Harbour today, 42 C, and I hardly felt the heat at all. Definitely the place to be on a day like this, it was really nice.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Lifts Her Tail [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] cameo_cream [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Lifts Her Tail Australia: If the poisonous fauna dont get you, the fires sure will. [/quote] Basically sums it up. New Zealand is cooler than Aussie anyway. See what I did thar?[/quote] Its great until the Orcs get you. [/quote] I'm guessing by 'Orcs' you mean 'Moari' Lots of those Orcs here in New Zealand then.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Mastergee Solution: Don't live in Australia.[/quote] One does not simply not live in Australia
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