Thinking Of Visiting Australia?

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Tempted to move to the Australian portion of Antarctic. Anything other than this heat!
My wife and I drove today from home in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales to Beechworth in Victoria. It was 39 degrees when we left at 10.30 am getting to a maximum of 43 along the way. It's a cooling 38 here at the moment at 5.48 pm. Phew.
 

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The Huon's been on fire for a month so far. :(
Rain!! For fx sake. This is Tassie!
My wife and I have just been staying at Hepburn, just down the road from Daylesford in Victoria. Yesterday afternoon, a tree that had been struck by lightning some time earlier took off and started a fire on a ridge a few hundred metres across a gully from where we were staying. Next thing there were spotter planes, two dumping water as well as a chopper doing the same thing. We were told there were 50 fire fighting trucks on the ground and they had it at bay. At 8.30 this morning, we, and the town got the SMS to evacuate. 39 degree temps and strong winds were not going to be kind. We packed and left and are now in Melbourne. Here's a pic of the chopper that was dropping water on the blaze...
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We've got a big one going just 30ks south of my place too. 32 units on the scene. Cool change on the way directly, but we've had zero rain for 6 weeks now and record temps. They wanna get this one under control in the next 36hrs before it heats up properly again.

All that and there's a major catastrophic flood and unending torrential rain in Townsville. 20,000 evacuated 2 days ago, more today.

So you think you'd like to visit Australia? Might suggest May when the place gets back to normal.
 

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We've got a big one going just 30ks south of my place too. 32 units on the scene. Cool change on the way directly, but we've had zero rain for 6 weeks now and record temps. They wanna get this one under control in the next 36hrs before it heats up properly again.

All that and there's a major catastrophic flood and unending torrential rain in Townsville. 20,000 evacuated 2 days ago, more today.

So you think you'd like to visit Australia? Might suggest May when the place gets back to normal.
You're right, wouldn't want to be in Townsville either. They reckon hurricane force winds and more rain are next on the horizon for the town. Keeps things interesting though.
 

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Yes, a cyclone is a possibility. Poor bastards.

The southerly's finally up here now. I can smell the smoke. This is potentially good. It means the fire will likely blow back over its burn path and be easier to manage. There's a special place in heaven for all the firies, no matter which country they're in. God bless 'em all.
 

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Yes, a cyclone is a possibility. Poor bastards.

The southerly's finally up here now. I can smell the smoke. This is potentially good. It means the fire will likely blow back over its burn path and be easier to manage. There's a special place in heaven for all the firies, no matter which country they're in. God bless 'em all.
Absolutely. I have a couple of mates in the local rural fire brigade back home and it's a remarkable job that they all do. I'm not quite sure that people realise just how much risk they put themselves into everytime they go out on a call. Where we live there's quite a number of memorial fire sheds & buildings, which says something doesn't it?
 

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Yes, a cyclone is a possibility. Poor bastards.

The southerly's finally up here now. I can smell the smoke. This is potentially good. It means the fire will likely blow back over its burn path and be easier to manage. There's a special place in heaven for all the firies, no matter which country they're in. God bless 'em all.
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Strewth! I won't be visiting Townsville anytime soon.

Authorities in Townsville, Australia have warned residents to beware of crocodiles and snakes spotted in floodwaters in residential areas.

More than 1,100 people have been evacuated from the town amid a "once in a century" flood. On Sunday, the city authorities released a dam which had swollen to double its capacity following a week of record rainfall. Authorities have said more heavy rain is expected in coming days.

"Crocodiles may be seen crossing roads, and when flooding recedes, crocodiles can turn up in unusual places such as farm dams or waterholes," said Queensland's Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch.

"Similarly, snakes are very good swimmers and they too may turn up unexpectedly."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-47112044
 

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Only getting to 29 degrees today and quite cool at the moment.
It's overcast and a smell of smoke.
Might be drifting over from Tasmania again.
 

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How far apart are the flooded parts & the heatwave part? A report re the flooding said at one point they had 16 inches of rain in 24 hours. Bloody hell.
 

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How far apart are the flooded parts & the heatwave part? A report re the flooding said at one point they had 16 inches of rain in 24 hours. Bloody hell.
We never do anything by halves in Australia, but I think it's time we sent this up!!
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Night before last it was 91F at 22:00, here, at Peak Hill - but Townsville is nearly 2,000 K's away, North. There's an 8 year drought going on between here and there.

Bad bushfires in Tassie, 1,400 K's away, South.

It's a Big Country Hunck.
 

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Our National Poem...for some.

My Country

The love of field and coppice
Of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins.
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies
I know, but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

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!

The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops,
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When, sick at heart, around us
We see the cattle die
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back threefold.
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze ...

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand
though Earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.
 

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I listen to cricket on BBC Radio - most recently the Big Bash and the Australia/Sri Lanka Test.

It has been striking, perturbing and salutory to hear the news reports with the drought and floods next to each other :(
 

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I wonder if Australia will still be inhabitable for humans in a few decades' time? Big parts of it, anyway.
 

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If the excess water was able to be channelled to drier parts it would lessen the impact of droughts.
On the other hand if the monsoonal rains keep hammering Queensland regularly maybe we will have an inland sea again and the fresh water would mean we could support a much larger population.
 

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If the excess water was able to be channelled to drier parts
It is certainly possible and would be a massive engineering triumph if the idiots in charge could have a bit of vision. Got Buckley's with the incumbent twats mismanaging the infrastructure. In fact there has been an endless round of thickheads fucking up the water system here since day dot. Drown them all!! Oh we have no water left.

Burn them all!!
 

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I listen to cricket on BBC Radio - most recently the Big Bash and the Australia/Sri Lanka Test.

It has been striking, perturbing and salutory to hear the news reports with the drought and floods next to each other :(

It's sort of normal for Country kids who rely on tank water for washing, drinking &c. - this drought and flood thing. My oldest was 3 before She saw her first rain, ( Faith thought that the sky was crying) and the youngest has just put in a 210,000 litre rain water tank at her place...The ones who need an education are the 15 million who live within 80 kilometres of the Eastern coast who drive every morning to work in aircon, work in aircon, drive back home in aircon, then sleep in airconditioned residences, and who think that 35 degrees is hot.

Unfortunately, they determine rural outcomes, prodded on by their Lobbyists, while bush people have to put up with their errors of judgement.
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This is part of the Kosciosko national park - three years on after one of the hottest conflagrations ever known. It travelled that fast that even small branches were left intact, but the temperature of the fires were that intense that these hundreds of thousands of hectares of trees that normally have epicormic growth and lignotuber growth after bushfires are dead - this is normally snow country, and these Eucalypt are used to extremes like fire and ice - but they died after the last fire. I drove for maybe twenty kilometres through this.

We (country people) wanted slow wet burns in the tail end of winter/early spring when the majority of arboreals are waking up, and they haven't got Younguns, when the fires would be much cooler and slower. We also want cattle to graze up there in the more ambient times of the year to keep the grass down.

It's not going to happen - instead they'll send volunteer firemen and women up there to try to control theses conflagrations when it happens again, and laud praise on them for their unstinting work that these fellas do.

Floods...well, they're the other side of the coin - until you realise that the majority of damage done is when they open the floodgates on the dams to release the over excessive capacity that could be pumped inland to the tablelands dams - which supply the inland river systems.

Not interested - but they'll pull down a football stadium that's 30 years old and build another one at the cost of $730,000,000.

Sorry for my Curmudgeonly ways Possum - I'll get off of my soapbox now.
 
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