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Posted by feww on February 10, 2017
Hottest February day in NSW as “extraordinary heatwave” moves across Australia
The heatwave moving across the sub continent is expected to intensify over the weekend, elevating the threat of potentially catastrophic fire conditions, authorities warned.
New South Wales could face its hottest February day on record, with temperatures reaching 47ºC in western parts of the state, said the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
The temperature reached 47.4ºC in Hay Airport, making it the third-hottest day recorded in February for NSW, and the record could be shattered on Saturday, said reports.
Meanwhile, Sydney set a temperature record for the number of days over 35ºC, as most of the city broiled in the 40s.
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Posted by feww on June 5, 2016
Extreme Rain Events, High Winds Pummel NSW, Tasmania as Queensland Mops Up
“Wild weather that thrashed parts of Queensland over the weekend is continuing to pummel New South Wales, with the east coast low pressure system reaching as far south as Tasmania amid warnings of heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds,” said a report.
A flood evacuation warning is in place for multiple areas in NSW including residents living along the Georges River, in Sydney’s southwest, the report said.
Huge surf is also causing widespread coastal erosion with police door knocking affected homes in the Northern Beaches.
Hundreds of thousands of homes across the state have been affected by power outages as a result of wild weather.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from North Lismore, as major flooding peaked at 9.1 meters in the Lismore area Sunday afternoon.
The weather system has also extended down to Tasmania, with an “exceptional” huge swell expected to hit Tasmania’s north-east on Monday.
The state is predicted to receive up to 200 millimeters of rain in the coming days, with warnings of flash flooding.
Flood warnings are in place for eight rivers in the state, with major warnings current for the Meander River and Mersey River, with forecasters warning the Mersey basin is at most risk of major flooding.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has forecast ‘king waves’ of up to eight meters to cause erosion along the northeast coast.
Mount Victoria recorded rainfall amounts of 76mm, with destructive winds peaking at 107 km/h at Mount Read.
“That north-easterly swell’s actually getting up to the six to seven-metre mark on Monday which is very, very, large for our secondary swell,” a BoM forecaster said.
“Typically we only see those swell heights in our south-westerly stream. So it’s an exceptional swell for the east coast.”
Since Friday morning, 382mm of rain had fallen at Upper Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland, with nearby Mount Tamborine receiving 357mm, BoM reported.
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Posted by feww on April 22, 2015
State of emergency declared in New South Wales amid deadly weather
More than two days of cyclonic storms with pounding rain and gale-force winds have prompted the NSW premier Mike Baird to declare disaster in a dozen areas between Sydney’s Northern Beaches and the Hunter Valley in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW).
The disaster declarations cover Dungog, Newcastle City, Maitland, Cessnock, Gosford, Warringah, Great Lakes, Lake Macquarie, Pittwater, Port Stephens, Singleton and Wyong, said the Baird in a statement.
At least three people were killed in the town of Dungog, north of Newcastle, on Tuesday, and police retrieved the body of a fourth victim near Maitland, north-west of Newcastle, late Wednesday, said a report.
The State Emergency Services (SES) issued an evacuation order for several areas warning residents to leave immediately.
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Posted by feww on April 21, 2015
Deadly storms pound NSW, leave ‘whole streets decimated’
Powerful storms packing “cyclonic” winds and torrential rains have battered the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), killing at least three people, destroying many homes, and cutting power to hundreds of thousands of customers.
The deaths occurred in Dungog, where 312mm of rain fell in under 24 hours.
The worst affected areas are Sydney and the regions of Hunter, Central Coast and Illawarra, said officials.
“There is no doubt this is a very severe storm event, indeed it is a once in 10-year event,” said NSW Premier Mike Baird.
“We have lost some homes. There is a number of roofs taken off. We have also lost life. It is a huge storm event that is wreaking havoc across NSW.”
“We haven’t seen this sort of weather pattern, this east coast low or one as severe as this in years,” said SES Deputy Commissioner Steven Pearce told ABC News.
“The consistent gale force winds which are actually cyclonic in some areas with gusts up to 135km/h.”
“I haven’t seen a storm of this magnitude in my time here at the SES and, indeed, this would be the largest storm operation in the last 10 years,” he said.
“We’ve never seen these cyclonic winds last for 24 hours straight. That’s what’s caused the majority of the damage.
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“We’ve had over 6,500 requests for assistance and on top of that, with the enormous amount of rainfall – up to 320 millimetres in over 24 hours – we’ve seen about 80 flood rescues. We’ve seen homes washed away, whole streets decimated.”
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Posted by feww on March 5, 2014
EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATIC EVENTS
Mega storm hits Sydney with lightning , thunder and heavy rain
Severe thunderstorm and torrential rains swept through Sydney and much of New South Wales in Australia on Wednesday, wreaking havoc across a vast region.
Massive clouds rolled over Sydney harbor spawning a ferocious electrical storm described by some residents as an “Apocalyptic Storm.”
More storms are expected to hit New South Wales (NSW) over the next few days, forecasters said.
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Posted by feww on December 16, 2013
Perth experiences earliest spell of five 35-degree-plus days in 71 years
A major heatwave is shifting eastwards, pushing the mercury up to 40ºC in Adelaide by Thursday, and into the 30s for Sydney by Friday, local meteorologists forecast.
[Sydney’s average temperatures for December is 25.2ºC.]
Perth and surrounding areas were put on a severe fire danger alert Monday morning amid hot, dry and windy conditions, following a sweltering weekend, said a report.
The alert followed a large bush fire in the Shire of Toodyay, which needed more than 170 fire crews to control, as the blaze edged menacingly towards two housing estates. The fire had consumed more than 270 hectares, as of posting.
Rows of baled hay went up in flames most probably due to spontaneous combustion in Toodyay farmland on Sunday. Photo credit: Nine News Perth
Monday is the 5th day of a major heatwave which has pushed temperature highs above 40ºC.
On Saturday it reached 40.4ºC in Perth, and peaked at 37ºC Sunday. Parts of the eastern metropolitan Perth could see the temperature reaching 41ºC today.
In November, Perth recorded its hottest spring in 116 years, with overall average of 18.8ºC
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Posted by feww on October 17, 2013
Hundreds of NSW homes may have been lost to worst bushfires in living memory
More than 90 fires are burning, mostly uncontained, around the state of New South Wales (NSW) fanned by high winds and soaring temperatures, said a report.
Authorities have issued emergency warnings for multiple location across the state.
Wildfires have destroyed at least 30 homes at Springwood, in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, prompting evacuations, “blanketing Australia’s biggest city in choking yellow smoke and closing highways,” said a report.
“The airport at Newcastle, 160 km (100 miles) north of Sydney, was closed and schools, workplaces and entire neighborhoods were evacuated.”
“If we get through with less than 100 homes destroyed today, we have been lucky,” the NWS Rural Fire Service Commissioner (RFS) told Australian Broadcasting Corp.
A massive, 300-hectare bushfire is raging out of control this afternoon threatening the GlencoreXstrata’s Mangoola coal mine, said a report, prompting RFS to issue an emergency warning for the Blackjack Mountain fire, West of Musswellbrook near Wybong Road.
Power was cut to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in multiple areas, especially the Blue Mountains, as well as other areas west, southwest and north of Sydney, said reports.
Sydney sky described as “apocalyptic”
Clouds of smoke have enveloped Sydney, turning the sky and the harbor orange, with smoke particles raining over Australia’s most populous city in scenes described as “apocalyptic.”
Developing news. More details to follow…
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Posted by feww on September 10, 2013
Bushfires threaten Sydney’s western suburbs
Wildfires destroy homes, injure fire crews and force mass evacuations in west Sydney.
At least 59 bush and grassfires are raging across New South Wales (NSW), including 40 uncontained blazes, with more than 500 firefighters and 200 fire engines on the ground, said NSW Premier.
The fires have forced the authorities to evacuate scores of homes and a University of Western Sydney (UWS) campus following a power outage that affected the entire Richmond area.
Additionally, more than 300 students from St Paul’s Grammar School In Castlereagh were evacuated to Penrith’s Whitewater Park after an emergency warning was issued for a fire threatening properties on nearby Devlin Street, said a report.
Intense heat from a wildfire sets a truck on fire near Londonderry Road, West Sydney. Photo credit: Nick Moir/ via the Age.
The heat was so intense firefighters were forced to abandon their trucks when they became surrounded by bushfires in Sydney’s western suburbs, said a report.
The bushfire season has come early to Sydney area, with out-of-control fires devouring the city’s west, reports said.
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Posted by feww on January 8, 2013
DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,159 Days Left
[January 8, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
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Australia: Entombed by a ‘dome of heat’
Hundreds of fires fanned by record temperatures and high winds are currently burning across Australia, many of them out of control.
About 90 percent of New South Wales (NSW) was in severe danger, with “catastrophic” conditions declared in five areas: the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, the Southern Ranges, the northern and eastern Riverina and southern parts of the lower Central West Plains.
- Temperatures soared to near 46ºC (118ºF) today.
- Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecast temperatures of up to 54ºC (129ºF) in central Australia next Monday and has accordingly extended its temperature chart by adding two new colors, pink and purple, to allow for the extremes.
- High winds and atmospheric conditions have created a ‘dome of heat’ entombing Australia, experts said.
Australia Forecast Map for 06:00 UTC on Saturday 12 January 2013 . Source: BOM
Global Temperature Forecast Map for 06:00 UTC on Saturday 12 January 2013 . Source: BOM
SH Temp Forecast for 06:00 UTC on Sunday 13 January 2013
“The blistering heat also caused a blaze at a nuclear research facility in southern Sydney after cabling overheated in a nearby electricity substation, while thousands of homes in the city’s north experienced power outages due to soaring demand,” said a report.
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Posted by feww on October 15, 2009
Yet Another Dust Storm Shrouds Australia’s New South Wales
Less than a month ago, on September 22 – 24, 2009, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and much of New South Wales, Australia experienced 100 kph winds whipping up heavy dust storms followed by severe thunderstorms.
Road traffic slowed down to a crawl, ferries canceled, flights diverted or canceled as dust storm shrouded Sydney, and suffocating haze forced the residents to stay indoors.
“This is unprecedented. We are seeing earth, wind and fire together,” said Australia’s Weather Channel presenter.
The storm was one of the worst dust storms in Australia.
There were more dust storms on the following days. Four days later, on September 26, another intense storm swept eastern Australia, covering much of Queensland and New South Wales across to the Pacific Ocean in a thick blanket of dust.
The dust storms are certain to continue. As temperatures rise, more droughts set in and the winds intensify, all of which trends have long been repeated, the question becomes one of not if, but when the dust storms would bury Sydney.
The dust storm that started the previous day had intensified by the time the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over on October 14, 2009. The large image, which encompasses a wider area, shows that the dust plume stretches tens of kilometers south of the area shown here. NASA Earth Observatory images courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek. [Edited by FEWW]
How Much Dust Would it Take?
Just how much dust would it take, and under what circumstances could it make Sydney uninhabitable?
FEWW Moderators have asked their friends at EDRO to provide a realistic estimate, the details of which would be posted here.
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