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Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« on: 08 December 2006, 10:02:19 AM »
Hi,

I was talking with both Jeff and Nick in regards to the bushfires in Victoria. I have not seen such a powerful pyrocumulus (or is it a pyrocumulonimbus) on the news. Compared to the crappy storms we had approaching - I would have rather been down there! Any other comments or images in relation to these potentially dangerous fires please don't hesitate to mention here.

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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #1 on: 08 December 2006, 03:51:58 PM »
Jimmy, I cannot remember seeing such a strong radar image of the fires yesterday since Canberra. For magnitude it's up there in the top 10% for sure. As for the pyrocumulonimbus did you notice it was producing lightning? You could see fresh strikes occuring yesterday on the tracker.

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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #2 on: 09 December 2006, 12:51:35 AM »
« Last Edit: 09 December 2006, 01:03:17 AM by Jimmy Deguara »
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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #3 on: 09 December 2006, 02:34:10 AM »
There are some impressive pyrocumulonimbus photos on WZ forums for this date.  The VIS satpic loop (3 - 7pm) shows it well too:



This Terra MODIS image for 5th Dec is nice - it was also published in the Daily Telegraph.
http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2006339-1205/Australia.A2006339.0050.500m.jpg

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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #4 on: 09 December 2006, 06:12:32 AM »
Hi Michael,

If you have time to select a few direct links to some of the most impressive website pictures, that would be great!

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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #6 on: 09 December 2006, 08:20:20 AM »
OMG! Do those pyro CB's have overshooting tops!

MB those top three photos are just sensational! Those are the best pyro CB pics I have ever seen! Man I wish I was there with a camera.
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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #7 on: 09 December 2006, 04:30:50 PM »
WOW! Robbie excelled himself with those shots -- awesome. On the flip side, damn..pity the animals that are caught in all that but what incredible convection. Hoping we don't see any of that around here.
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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #8 on: 09 December 2006, 04:31:54 PM »
Thanks Michael for posting these - sensational!

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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #9 on: 12 December 2006, 06:09:47 AM »
WOW they are fantastic pics.  I wish I could contribute some pics being from Victoria but im too far south :( (then again thats not a bad thing considering the size of these fires).
hmmm June 2nd......

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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #10 on: 12 December 2006, 06:40:36 AM »
Hi Everyone.

I thought I would show you some of my images from the smoke haze experienced in Melbourne over the weekend. These were taken on Saturday morning and the city skyline should be clearly visible. I hope these are not too large and exceed guidelines!





The temp according to my weather station reached a max of 42.2C, the media hyped it up saying it was the hottest December day in 53 years, but December 31st last year was 42.9C (42.4C on my weather station, still beating yesterday's efforts.)

The strong Northerly was horrid, but the SW change came through in the SE Suburbs around 3.30ish. Today 19.5C.....gotta love Melbourne's weather!!

Here is a map which may be of interest showing the current fires and hot spots. I really feel for the residents and firefighters working in the most atrocious conditions yesterday. Unfortunately the change bought little or no rain to the areas that need it most. :-[

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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #11 on: 12 December 2006, 04:39:21 PM »
Hi Jane,

Thanks for those pictures - that haze is very thick and disgusting! We had smoke haze several weeks ago but it has been clear since!

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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #12 on: 12 December 2006, 05:21:04 PM »
The sun was appearing bright orange or even pink not too long before sunset on Saturday night (eastern suburbs of Melbourne, about 15km).  If only I had grabbed the camera.

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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #13 on: 13 December 2006, 03:47:49 AM »
Hi Jeremy, I actually did take some shots of the 'smoky orange' sun as it was setting on Saturday night.  I will try and post a few tonight.
hmmm June 2nd......

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Re: Bushfires Victoria 6th December 2006
« Reply #14 on: 13 December 2006, 01:36:34 PM »
Here are a few pics of the sunset thru smoke haze here in Melbourne on Saturday night.  There was a half hour or so where it was an intense orange.  You can tell I havent seen a storm for a while!
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hmmm June 2nd......