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posted 1 Jan 2020, 09:03 by Happi Mess   [ updated 24 Jan 2020, 19:48 ]

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HUNDREDS of fires have been found burning across Australia with the most extreme claiming lives.

Authorities have warned of severe fire danger across the country. Here is where is affected.

Firefighters battle a ferocious blaze today in Hillville, Australia, as catastrophic bushfires continue to rageCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Australia Fires Map

What has happened so far?

On September 6, northern areas in New South Wales began experiencing bushfires. The blaze carried through until October, tragically killing two.
The following day, on September 7 a number of out of control blazes threatened townships across South Eastern and Northern Queensland, destroying several homes.
On September 8, a historic lodge in the Gold Coast that had stood for 86 years was destroyed in the fires, which had previously razed several homes.
On September 9, a blaze on the Sunshine Coast tore through homes.
On September 10, a heartbreaking image was circulated online showing a burnt koala bear shielding her tiny baby from harm.
And on the same day, The Sun revealed that I’m A Celebrity could be under threat from the raging wildfires, as they swept dangerously close to the £7million state-of-the-art studio.

In Southeast New South Wales, late October saw the start of a number of bushfires in remote woodland.
These blazes raged on, eventually becoming one massive inferno, dubbed the Wattle Creek Fire.
Several fires also broke out across Tasmania during the month.
On october 30, the heartbreaking news that hundreds of koalas were thought to have been burned alive as fires swept through an important koala breeding ground.

Throughout November, 1,228,050 acres of land was destroyed in a bushfire at a national park in NSW.
The country saw terrifying apocalyptic scenes as families were trapped inside their homes and skies turned red in November.
In Queensland, 49,000 acres and six homes were destroyed on November 11.
And on the same day in South Australia authorities warned of an "uncontrolled" blaze heading towards homes in the area.
The following day, Sydney said they were braced for "catastrophe" and Russel Crowe's mansion came under threat.
On November 13, a terrifying 600 mile wide wall of flames swept across NSW.
And in a shocking rant, disgraced rugby star Israel Folau blamed the country's wildfires on same-sex marriage and abortion.
On November 19, Sydney was left "trapped" inside a thick cloud of smoke with dozens of people treated for asthma and breathing problems.
On November 20, a huge blaze broke out on Yorke peninsula, aircraft were scrambled to water bomb the blaze as it crept closer to two local towns.
On 21 November, lightning strikes ignited a series of fires in Victoria.


Brave fire crews in New South Wales tackles the flames head-on but warn the worst is yet to come

Credit: Getty Images - Getty

Fire crews in Tuncurry attempt to bring a forest fire in the area under controlCredit: AAP IMAGE

A burnt-out structure stands on a property devastated by bushfires at Coutts Crossing, New South WalesCredit: EPA

The fires have destroyed dozens of vehicles in and around Sydney with burned shells dotted across the cityCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Rescue workers create fire breaks ahead of the Gospers Mountain bushfire in Sydney, AustraliaCredit: Getty Images - Getty

A brave firefighter is engulfed in smoke in Hillville as he battles the blazesCredit: Getty Images - Getty



Forgotten history: 50 degrees everywhere, right across Australia in the 1800's

It is not a "climate emergency" - it is history repeating! This great article shows us examples of many times before the temperatures have exceeded 50C in Australia! 
Don’t believe your lying eyes — Australian newspaper archives are full of temperatures recorded higher than 121 in the shade which is 50C. All of these temperatures in the map below are found in historic newspaper archives. Measurements done after 1910 are even done with official Stevenson screens, yet the BOM “throws them away”

It’s true that ones done in the 1800s are often recorded on non-standard equipment, or are just literally “in the shade” under cover. So some of these, perhaps many, are one or two degrees too high. But even if we take two degrees off, how scary is global warming when Australia knew many days of 48C and 49C and some at 50C 120 years ago? The BOM — supposedly so concerned about the State of Our Climate — show little interest in talking about our history or in analyzing it, or even mentioning it.
And modern temperatures are recorded on electronic equipment, sometimes in areas affected by urban heat islands (concrete and cars).

Australians have been recording temperatures of over 50C since 1828, right across the country. In 1896 the heat was so bad for weeks that people fled on emergency trains to escape the inland heat. Millions of birds fell from the sky in 1932 due to the savage hot spell.

In 1939 outer Sydney reached 122F or over 50C – recorded at Windsor Observatory — a place that had had a Stevenson screen for around 40 years at that stage. Without fanfare, the Ballarat Star in January 1898 notes that there was a “genuine heat wave” in Blanchetown SA in November the year before. Temperatures of 120 and 121 are recorded on four days that month.

All these measurements are wrong?
ontrast that with last week when towns in the outback reached 48 and 49C and the Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron said — “They are pretty incredible temperatures.” Seriously. It’s hard to believe that after a quadrillion megatons of emissions we are nearly as hot as we were in 1896? It’s as if hundreds of measurements of similar temperatures across four states of Australia and on many occasions from 1828 to 1939 don’t even exist.

The worst heatwave was probably January 1896 when the nation was “like a furnace”.

From a post in 2012: All these measurements are wrong too?
Extreme heat in 1896: Panic stricken people fled the outback on special trains as hundreds die.

It is as if history is being erased. For all that we hear about recent record-breaking climate extremes, records that are equally extreme, and sometimes even more so, are ignored.
In January 1896 a savage blast “like a furnace” stretched across Australia from east to west and lasted for weeks. The death toll reached 437 people in the eastern states. Newspaper reports showed that in Bourke the heat approached 120°F (48.9°C) on three days (1)(2)(3). The maximumun at or above 102 degrees F (38.9°C) for 24 days straight.

Tuesday Jan 14, people were reported falling dead in the streets. Unable to sleep, people in Brewarrina walked the streets at night for hours, the thermometer recording 109F at midnight. Overnight, the temperature did not fall below 103°F. On Jan 18 in Wilcannia, five deaths were recorded in one day, the hospitals were overcrowded and reports said that “more deaths are hourly expected”. By January 24, in Bourke, many businesses had shut down (almost everything bar the hotels). Panic stricken Australians were fleeing to the hills in climate refugee trains.

It got hotter and hotter and the crowded trains ran on more days of the week
To get a feel for how widespread and devastating it was, read through just one report in one paper (there are scores more).
The Warwick Examiner, Jan 29, 1896. Click to enlarge.


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