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weltweit

Well-Known Member
Temperatures down under are pretty much unprecedented with some areas experiencing +40C for many days. High temperature records are being set and the dry hot conditions are fanning the flames.

Climate change?
 

weltweit

Well-Known Member
Those +40C temperatures are averages, some places are getting 46C and it is possible there may be a spot temperature of 50C at some point.

There is a good BBC article on it but I am having trouble linking to it because I am on my phone.
 

Poot

Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk
I just facetimed my friend in Canberra. She was stressed about work, sweat was pouring off her and she was weeping quietly because she couldn't take the kids out because the air is so polluted. It was 42 degrees there and she doesn't have air con. It sounded utterly miserable.
 

farmerbarleymow

Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull
I just facetimed my friend in Canberra. She was stressed about work, sweat was pouring off her and she was weeping quietly because she couldn't take the kids out because the air is so polluted. It was 42 degrees there and she doesn't have air con. It sounded utterly miserable.
If global warming really gets bad Australia looks like the sort of place that would become uninhabitable. Basically constantly on fire. :(
 

Poot

Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk
If global warming really gets bad Australia looks like the sort of place that would become uninhabitable. Basically constantly on fire. :(
Yeah. I have another friend in Brisbane who seems to have been similarly affected recently. For all I witter on about our terrible weather I don't think I could deal with that. And the school holidays have started now and will go on until early Feb so everyone will be feeling the pressure.
 

farmerbarleymow

Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull
Yeah. I have another friend in Brisbane who seems to have been similarly affected recently. For all I witter on about our terrible weather I don't think I could deal with that.
There's no way I could cope with those temperatures - feel sorry for anyone having to deal with that, especially with raging fires on top. It was pretty bad up here when the moors were on fire, so dread to think what those major wildfires are like. :(
 

DownwardDog

Riding a Brompton with a power meter.
outrage on social media has also been directed at Prime Minister Scott Morrison for going on an overseas holiday during the emergency
Bush fires are within the competence of the individual states and territories not the federal government so quite what the fuck people are expecting ScoMo to do I don't know.

Nothing significant will ever be done on climate change while the current political homeostasis obtains. The Libs have a culture wars approach and refuse to believe it in as an article of faith. The Labor party are owned and operated by the AWU and CFMMEU who have large numbers of subs paying members gainfully employed in mines and coal fired powered stations. The leader of the Labor party recently visited a coal mine during the fires just to assure union members that nobody thinks they are the cause!
 

Jay Park

quasihobo
Bush fires are within the competence of the individual states and territories not the federal government so quite what the fuck people are expecting ScoMo to do I don't know.

Nothing significant will ever be done on climate change while the current political homeostasis obtains. The Libs have a culture wars approach and refuse to believe it in as an article of faith. The Labor party are owned and operated by the AWU and CFMMEU who have large numbers of subs paying members gainfully employed in mines and coal fired powered stations. The leader of the Labor party recently visited a coal mine during the fires just to assure union members that nobody thinks they are the cause!
Much less sweeping it under the carpet, rather rolling it up into said carpet and whizzing it into the bush fire.
 

2hats

Ключ на старт
And yet they are still racing to open the Galilee basin to extensive coal mining...

I shall be on the eastern coast in the next couple of days. So most nights should be cool enough to sleep but the smoke situation might be interesting. Was forecast to be 46 on the models but now dialed back to a balmy 41/42.
 

lizzieloo

Numpty extraordinaire
I was chatting to my buddy about this yesterday, she lives 300 miles inland from Brisbane...

"Been about 36c here today, so quite cool. Eastern Qld has an onshore breeze so we have stayed cool, but its humid so still feels shitty."

36 degrees, quite cool. :eek:

The record breaking temp of 40.9c recorded yesterday was the record average temp over the whole of Australia.

She's expecting 43c by tomorrow, if it's that hot in Qld the centre of Aus will be unbelievably hot.
 

Mrs Miggins

There's been a slight cheese accident
I'm heading out there on Saturday. 1 hour north of Brisbane. Sister says it is currently bearable.
 

ice-is-forming

Well-Known Member
I'm heading out there on Saturday. 1 hour north of Brisbane. Sister says it is currently bearable.
The sunny coast have had some bad fires. But if you live beach side it's really not that hot imo :) nice and breezy down there last weekend.

This morning when I woke up it was pretty smokey, I think it was blowing over the bay from K'gari. But it's cleared now.

We've been really lucky here so far compared to the rest of Aus though. It does make me wonder if it's ever gonna stop

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8ball

Hetero Sapiens
Somewhat ironically, inhalation in proximity to those forest fires will triple or quadruple your typical background radiation dosage (Polonium 210 and other radionuclides).
Polonium 210?

Makes you stronger, that stuff - the system needs some kind of challenge or it atrophies.
They used to put it in breakfast cereal when I was a nipper.
 

2hats

Ключ на старт
Polonium 210?
Naturally occurring in the environment. Daughter product of the uranium (U-238) decay chain via radon; the uranium being naturally abundant in the Earth's crust. Smokers also joyfully suck it up every time they suck on a death stick.
 

Jay Park

quasihobo
How do you feel about the snakes and spiders though?
just as despondent, but I’m trying to garner likes by invoking the love peeps have for cuddly wuddly cute animals. Not invoking likes from Mr Manchester (I’ll take you to this’n’that for a bowl of slop) Bartholomew.

Anyway, may I ask that you get real? They all belong to the same ecosystem and the continued thriving of these species is a necessary balance.

Having said that most Aussies wouldn’t give a flying fuck about deadly snakes and spiders copping it.

I await your next smart arse/adding nothing to the discussion, post.
 
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