Sunday, December 29, 2019

Fire Perspective

About five million hectares, close to twelve and half million acres of Australia has been burnt in bushfires in the past few months. Sorry it is only a European focus but these maps I came across on Facebook give you an idea of the size of the area burnt. We still have our traditionally worst two months to come.







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  1. Wow, that's amazing. Hope things calm down, but if the worst of the season is yet to come... ugh!

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    1. Walt, who knows. Maybe our January and February will be cool. They were unseasonably last year.

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  2. You have illustrated the extent of the fires really well. Itis always so difficult to put these things into perspective as I can never visualise an acre or hectare of land. It doesn't bode well for the rest of Summer for you.

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    1. Marie, not I can I visualise either. Fingers crossed. Tomorrow here will be 43 with a strong cool wind change, the worst scenario.

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  3. Thanks for that. One can't believe that it's going to get worse.

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    1. Diane, you would know better than me, but will the arrival of the monsoons up north cool the rest of Australia?

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  4. Scary, scary times for most of the country.

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  5. Please let the rains come...widespread, soaking rains.

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    1. Lee, monsoonal rain drifting south would be pretty good.

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  6. I saw nearly the same picture on TV yesterday in Belgium ! Terrific and the poor animals !

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    1. Gattina, I don't even want to think about the animals, creatures great and small.

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    1. For some Tasker, along with creatures great and small.

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  8. The scale of the damage is unbelievable.

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    1. Travel, some of it can't be fought because it is so inaccessible and the priority for aircraft would be populated areas.

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  9. Andrew, There's talk that perhaps the Sydney New Year's Eve Fireworks might be cancelled.
    Perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea after all.

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    1. Dee, too late now. Months go into the planning, but I think the whole fireworks on NYE needs a rethink, especially in hot countries.

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  10. It is scary and sad and also maddening - so many in the world are denying climate problems while Australia is suffering.

    I have just checked Google and 12.5 M acres is almost the total acreage of my home province (Nova Scotia). Staggering figure.

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    1. Jenny, so many Australians are still denying climate change, against the hundreds of climate scientists around the world. Apparently politicians know more about climate than scientists.

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  11. Some countries are so small, an average size bush fire in Australia (or Russia or Canada) would totally cover Grenada, Malta, Andorra, Singapore, Israel, Lebanon, Barbados etc etc

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    1. Quite so Hels, and as the map shows the fires pretty well covers an area the size of Belgium.

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  12. It's very horrible to think about Andrew, especially when you said the typically worst two months are still ahead of you.

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    1. Yes, well you get your share of fire, Strayer.

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  13. We are scheduled for a cool change later today, possibly with thunder and lightning, but not rain, so the lightning will do what lightning does and the winds will fan it and on and on and on....
    Our week will be mostly in the 20s until Friday when we have 41C again.

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    1. Same here River. It must be a very windy cool change to reach us so quickly after you.

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