Dont forget the humidity... the minimum was a full nine degrees cooler where I was (29 Celsius) but the humidity was 70%.... with no air conditioning...At 11 pm last night it was 38.4 celcius (101.1f), after a max of 46 (115f). Insanely hot weather for that time of night.
Some pretty crazy photos of southern Canberra out there...It's gonna be a pretty bad fire day in the region between Canberra and Cooma today. Hope everyone keeps safe up there.
Dont forget the humidity... the minimum was a full nine degrees cooler where I was (29 Celsius) but the humidity was 70%.... with no air conditioning...
Some pretty crazy photos of southern Canberra out there...
Geeze.... that is dry.Yeah, it was not quite as humid here- around 50% I think- but still far too humid for the swampy to work.
There have just been so many terrible fires this year.
Geeze.... that is dry.
Despite it being so humid here... the bush is dry. I guess the sun evaporates water from the sea and that blows into the coastal cities - but that doesn't put any moisture in the soil. I had to go south-west for work last week. It was the worst of both worlds. On top of the baseline humidity, they had a few mill of rain the weekend before. The sun was baking that out the soil. It was terrible! Probably around 34/36 and 70% or more humidity. Everyone I was with was dripping with sweat!
Still... I visited Canberra over Christmas. Dry. Dry. Dry. Every patch of grass was burnt brown. The bush looked so thin. It was clearly a tinderbox waiting to go up. The army really need better fire risk evaluation processes...
Quite insane! Adding wind to dry air just whips any moisture away. Stay hydrated!It's been much drier. For example, it's 28% humidity here at the moment, and it's been drier. A bit windy too
Yeah... I was a little unfair. Until things like this happen it might not be immediately obvious they pose a risk.In their defence (pun not intended) this time, it was the first time that a helicopter's landing light has ever started a bushfire.
THIS was just short-sighted and arrogant. They did not have adequate fire plans or risk assessment. Nor was the fire service able to help immediately for fear (quite rightly) about operating in an area possibly littered live munitions!It's not like last time when they were doing artillery practice the day before an extreme fire danger day.