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  • Extreme heat and bushfires.

    I hope that you fellow CoffeeSnobers in south eastern Australia are not suffering too much from the current extreme heat and bushfires.

    You folks in Melbourne copped it hot yesterday while we suffered in Sydney today.

    Here in eastern NSW today we are getting all time record high temperatures. Up to 46 degrees in the east and west Sydney suburbs by 3pm. Down to 36 by 4 pm.

    We are looking forward to the southerly change tonight and the hope of some rain over the next few days.

    Many areas in Australia need good soaking rain to put out the fires.

    A great thanks is due to the state bushfire organisations and the thousands of well trained and organised fire fighters, many of them are volunteers.

    Last edited by Barry_Duncan; 18 January 2013, 06:31 PM.

  • #2
    We got abit of rain down here in tassie today finally.
    Scary thing down here now is going to be the clean up and all the bloody asbestos you can't see that's in the air. :S

    May everyone be safe and clear of the fires. We had family members stay to fight them and it made for some tense times.


    • #3
      The media always focus on bush fire danger when the temp peaks, but in reality the temp is not critical... its the humidity ( low) and windspeed that are the real risk factors. Thunder storm / lightening strike often start fires, but it seems many of the fires near residential areas are man made ( cig ends, glass bottle magnifiers, camp fires, and of course arsonists !)


      • #4
        To quote the second verse of Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country. Written in 1904:

        I love a sunburnt country,
        A land of sweeping plains,
        Of ragged mountain ranges,
        Of droughts and flooding rains.
        I love her far horizons,
        I love her jewel-sea,
        Her beauty and her terror –
        The wide brown land for me!

        What contrasts we have in “my country” today. Queensland’s floods and Victoria’s bushfires.

        My main experience of the Victorian Alps, which is on fire today, was while they were covered by white stuff and the only roaring fire was in the ski lodge fire place.

        Blend52 discusses how bushfires start. It is amazing how many fires start close to roads.



        • #5
          Her beauty and her terror
          That nails it today for sure.

          Harrietville is the traditional breather spot on some of the most amazing motorbike roads in Australia (The Great Alpine Road)... of which I was planning to squirt along late next month for a couple of days. I hope then can get on top of the current fire, it's in very deep bush with no access except from the air and considering that the only runway in the area on Dinner Plain is also under threat it's going to be a tricky one to beat with changing wind directions and miles of natural bush.

          My thoughts are with those on the ground.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Andy View Post
            Harrietville is the traditional breather spot on some of the most amazing motorbike roads in Australia (The Great Alpine Road)...
            Nice on a bike, not quite as much fun driving a loaded service van......I was up that way on Christmas Eve, installing a new coffee machine at 'The General' on Mount Hotham, and a lot of the surrounding area is only just starting to regenerate after the last fires went through the area. I heard on the radio (ABC) that the staff there were staying put to protect the building if the fires got close, so at least the coffee machine is going to be looked after!


            • #7
              I am currently sitting at Coonabarabran Airbase, where it is quite something to behold the blackened area where the fire has gone through. We still have 9 helicopters here and 2 fixed wings and who knows how many firefighters on the ground.

              This morning coming out to the Airbase the Siding Springs Observatory was very stark white against the black ground.


              • #8
                Scoota gal,

                You bring back my memories of ancient history.

                I lived in Coonabarabran for about 3 years in the 1960’s. I worked in the district and walked in the Warrumbungle Mountains.

                At the time astronomers were searching for somewhere suitable to build an observatory. The local council bulldozed a rough track to the top of Siding Springs Mountain. They drove a Land Rover to the top and tried to get there in a Holden Ute without success.

                I drove my VW Beetle to the top and back with one passenger. Council staff told me that my VW was the first two wheel drive vehicle to get to the top of Siding Springs Mountain. This is unwritten history until now.

                While the various Siding Springs telescopes were saved from the recent bushfires, some other buildings were lost. Mountain tops are suitable places for telescopes; however mountains will always attract lightning strikes and bushfires.

                Today we are getting good rain in parts of Sydney. I hope that Coonabarabran gets enough rain to put out the fires.



                • #9
                  Hey Barry,

                  The fireground received some welcome rain on Sunday morning and I was detasked along with 9 aircraft, the mixing crews and bulk water carriers. A good result all round really! They will assess in a few days and just patrol that fire ground.

                  No surprise though that once home, I was paged out at 10.30pm to a fire close to home. It was just a tree that was burning in a fire ground that was over a week or so old. We made sure it wasn't going anywhere and today it should be well and truly out with all the rain we've had!

                  Great story about the Veedub making the climb to Siding Springs over a Hold on ute!