Australian Bushfires update (O/T)

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Australian Bushfires update (O/T)
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For a while it seemed that maybe the bushfires that have spread down the East Coast more remote forested areas must have been under control.

They almost disappeared from our news media and we had substantial rain especially in the northern part of the coast.  Raining cats and dogs is the more usual weather in the north - it happens more infrequently but when it rains it usually rains a lot.  So in the North East the issue has been a series of very dry years without these drenchings. It is normally too wet for this forest country to burn.

I guessed that we had 50mm - the official rainfall at the airport (some distance away and a different micro-climate was 117mm).  A neighbour with a rain gauge said “70mm” so my guess was not that far wrong.  In any case a good wetting it will be hard for anything to burn for a while.  It has been hot dry and very humid since ranging 20-24C minimum and 30-35C mximum.

But it is easy to assume that as we had rain and nobody is talking fires in particular that the fires are out.  Apparently not.  However the new virus treat from China was more interesting to the media.

So yesterday we heard about the tragic loss of a water-bomber and its three US citizen crew.  At a guess it must be one of the “extra” water bombers recently hired by our PM.  Its type has not been shown in action during the earlier fires that raged on the North East coast pre-Christmas.

This mornings news was that there are still 47 fires in NSW alone. Hard to say just how bad from the fire map as they remain on the map until officially out - which means “under control” is still burning but not an immediate threat as they are contained within an area.  This means that one very substantial NE fire fire that was in a region that probably recently had near 300mm of rain is still not “out”-out per our fire map.

The plane was lost in very rugged inaccessible country somewhere near the Victorian-NSW border.  Almost certainly treacherous high forested ridge country covered in thick smoke.

I don’t know how much rain has fallen there recently but traditional weather patterns there are for long hot and very dry summers.

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